Northport Board of Education Recognizes Students of Distinction

Northport Board of Education Recognizes Students of Distinction photo

At the first 2018 Northport-East Northport Board of Education meeting of the year, a number of high school students were recognized for different distinctions.

High school juniors Julia Ahrens, Jason Aiello, Jean-Philippe Cesar, Dimitri Christoforatos, Ana Hontoria and Matthew Muller were selected to participate in the American Legion Boys/Girls State Program. This program teaches students to become knowledgeable of the country and government, and to help them become more patriotic citizens. The weeklong program takes place in the summer. A representative from the Northport chapter of the American Legion was in attendance to congratulate the students as well.

The board also recognized senior Samantha Fanuka as the social studies student of the month. Fanuka was praised by multiple teachers for her strong work ethic, her eloquence in discussing complex issues and overall scholarship. Her passion for criminal justice enabled her to participate in a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department internship in 2016, and the Marist pre-college institute and internship in criminal justice.

“We are confident she will have a positive impact on this world in the future,” said Mr. Sean Hurley, the district chairperson for social studies.

High school varsity football players Ryan Walsh and Sam Gozelski recently received countywide and Islandwide awards and were honored by the board for their distinctions. Walsh was named the Boomer Esaison Quarterback Winner, awarded to Suffolk’s top quarterback for his performance this past season. This is the first time a player from Northport High School has been recognized with this honor. Sam Gozelski was named the James LaBua Winner honoree, which is awarded to the county’s top football scholar athlete, and was also a News 12 Scholar Athlete recipient. In addition, both students were a part of the team that was named Newsday’s 2nd Team All-Long Island overall.