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SailAhead.. Moving Forward at 3rd Annual Sailing Event

‘This event helps to honor and remember our 219 ‘Mates,’ said Sean Duclay at the third annual SailAhead
‘This event helps to honor and remember our 219 ‘Mates,’ said Sean Duclay at the third annual SailAhead "Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing" Event.
The event opened with the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marines.
The event opened with the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marines.
Families and skippers of all 50 sailboats gathered at designated areas for the opening ceremony before boarding.
Families and skippers of all 50 sailboats gathered at designated areas for the opening ceremony before boarding.
Sean Duclay (left) along with his Dad, Thierry and brother Kilian, begin the logistics of boarding 190 veterans and their families for an afternoon of sailing.
Sean Duclay (left) along with his Dad, Thierry and brother Kilian, begin the logistics of boarding 190 veterans and their families for an afternoon of sailing.
The Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 and their American Legion Riders are important supporters of the SailAhead organization and together are doing a lot to help veterans in our community.
The Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244 and their American Legion Riders are important supporters of the SailAhead organization and together are doing a lot to help veterans in our community.

With 190 veterans, and many more guests in attendance, 50 sailboats ranging from 30’ to 57’ crowded Centerport Harbor for the third annual SailAhead "Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing" Event. Hosted by the Centerport Yacht Club, this event is run by Whitman graduates Sean and Kilian Duclay to help spread awareness of PTSD and Veteran suicides.

SailAhead ‘Mates’ who were honored and remembered at this event, are veterans who have taken their lives due to PTSD. From fundraising events, SailAhead was able to bring six of the ‘Mates’ families from across the Nation to Long Island to participate in this event.

‘This event helps to honor and remember our ‘Mates’ and their family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Sean Duclay. “There are 219 ‘Mates’ that we’re are honoring today.”  SailAhead was started by the Duclay brothers and their family to use sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to help heal PTSD suffering veterans. The SailAhead team has just returned from Tacoma Washington for a similar event to honor Ryan James Day Ryan, an Army Ranger, who ended his life on December 15th, 2014 at the age of 21!  Ryan's parents Linda and Jim, as well as Ryan's two younger brothers Justin and Evan were guests of honor for the Centerport event.

“I’d like to thank my family, the Centerport Yacht Club, the American Legion Post 1244, the Cadets from the Annapolis, West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy, all of our volunteers, and of course our skippers who have graciously volunteered their time and their boats for today’s event,” said Sean.  After the opening ceremony and surrounded by family, friends, and volunteers, our veterans and guests boarded their sailboats for a perfect day on the open water. 

Going the Distance

Walt Whitman students fundraise to help build homes in Nicaragua.
Left to right; Walt Whitman students Jasmine Haug, Timothy Rise, Ruthie Rise, and Karina Lew with some adorable children in their Nicaraguan village.

Dog sitting, babysitting, yard work, waitressing, holding flapjack breakfasts and car washes, Walt Whitman students Jasmine Haug, Timothy Rise, Ruthie Rise, and Karina Lew have had a busy year. Their fundraising efforts have all paid off as this summer they are building 12 x 12-foot homes for some extremely poor villagers in Nicaragua.

When they are not working with corrugated steel walls anchored to freshly poured concrete slabs, our students are busy helping youngsters in an orphanage and are close to completing a playground for them.

These talented students are each fortunate enough to have a parent on the trip. While this life-changing experience is all about giving, we think what they’re receiving will forever change how they view the world.

Parting Words of Wisdom

Whitman Graduate Gabrielle Nardelli is presented a scholarship from the School Administration Association of New York State.
Gabrielle Nardelli, who received a scholarship from the School Administration Association of New York State, is congratulated by Dr. Bergre Escobares, Region 1 Chair of SAANYS (right) and Whitman Assistant Principals Mr. Jon Varlamos and Dr. Scott Muller.

“I believe the care and compassion he shows others makes him not only an administrator to look up to, but a person to admire,” said 2017 Whitman Graduate Gabrielle Nardelli in her scholarship-winning essay to the School Administration Association of New York State (SAANYS). Gabrielle’s words touched all the right notes with the nominating committee and recently Dr. Bergre Escobares, Region 1 Chair of SAANYS met with Gabrielle to present her award-winning scholarship.

“The way Mr. Murphy has chosen to act as a person in [difficult] situations has inspired me to treat other people the way he does,” added Gabrielle, who is working towards a career in the medical field.  “As I leave Whitman, I will always remember my principal as a person who made Whitman a great place to learn, and that what your principal does outside the walls of the school can have an equal or greater impact on the students as compared to what he does inside the school.”

Way to Go Gabrielle!

Fall Sports Medical Clearance Schedule

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Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees left to right back: Michael Heiser, James Cardon, Kimberly Wathey, Paul Ciurlys, Debbie and Jim Kaden, William Kaden, and James Kaden. Front: Randy Pawlyk.
2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees left to right back: Michael Heiser, James Cardon, Kimberly Wathey, Paul Ciurlys, Debbie and Jim Kaden, William Kaden, and James Kaden. Front: Randy Pawlyk.

A big part of the Gold Key and Scholarship Awards Dinner, that was held last month, were the Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions. Congratulations to this exceptional group of Friends of South Huntington and Walt Whitman alumni who are your 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.

James Cardon- Teacher/Coach 1990’s

Paul Ciurlys- Track 2000

Michael Heiser- Baseball & Football 1975

Debbie and Jim Kaden- Wildcat Booster of the Year: Jim, 2005; Debbie, 2011. Over 30 Years of Volunteer Service for the Community, Multiple Gold Level Presidential Awards for Volunteer Service.

James Kaden- Wrestling 2007

William Kaden- Soccer-Wrestling-Lacrosse 1999

Randy Pawlyk- Devoted Fan and Volunteer Basketball Assistant; Frank Mackwich Award Recipient.

Kimberly Wathey- Soccer-Basketball-Lacrosse 2015

Jones to Represent USA

Myles Jones could be the first lacrosse player from Walt Whitman to represent our nation on the world stage.
Myles Jones could be the first lacrosse player from Walt Whitman to represent our nation on the world stage.

News just out of the U.S.A. National Men’s Lacrosse three-day camp at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., is that Whitman’s own Myles Jones has been selected to represent our Nation in the FIL Men’s World Championship that will be held in Netanya, Israel in July 2018.

The team will now return to US Lacrosse for a training weekend over this Labor Day Weekend and then have two more competitions leading up the world championship. The Team USA Fall Classic will be held at US Lacrosse on the weekend of Oct. 6-9 and the team will play in the Team USA Spring Premiere in Florida in early January.

Myles currently plays MLL for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and will be hosting his Dodging and Shooting Clinic on August 2nd at The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Playing in the first All-Star Game of his career on July 8th, Myles scored the game-winning goal in overtime, helping Team Stripes beat Team Stars in the 16th MLL All-Star Game, 21-20, at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento, CA. He was named MVP of the All-Star game, scoring 4 goals and 1 assist.

Additional info at: https://shopchesapeakebayhawks.com/collections/tryouts-clinics/products/clinic-with-myles-jones

Way to Go Myles!

Gold in Salt Lake City

Mark Dammer had a successful trip to the Summer National Fencing Competition and can’t wait for his senior year of Wildcat fencing.
Mark Dammer had a successful trip to the Summer National Fencing Competition and can’t wait for his senior year of Wildcat fencing.

Whitman incoming senior Mark Dammer brought home gold from the Summer Fencing Nationals in Salt Lake City, on July 6th.  Mark is a Saber fencer and has been fencing for five years. When he’s not on the Wildcat Strip he can be found at H3 fencing out of Hills East.  The Summer Nationals is a qualifying event bringing in top fencers from around the nation.  “I really didn’t think I was going to get that far,” admitted our Gold Medal winner.  “The excitement of knowing that I could do this started to build after I beat the kid that got me into the table of eight. That’s when I realized that I could get into the finals and perhaps win.”  And win he did, all the way to first place.

“Fencing takes time,” admitted Mark. “If you’re going to take fencing seriously, start early and join a club to fence year-round.” Mark is also a midfielder for the Wildcat lacrosse team and is looking forward to his senior year. He is making the college visit circuit hoping study Forensic Science and Criminal Justice after his graduation next June.

Congratulations Mark Dammer!

Summer Reading Program 2017 - I Reached 100 Points!

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Birchwood 3rd Grader Captures National Champion Titles

State Champion Preston Park Captures National Champion Titles from the 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships.
State Champion Preston Park Captures National Champion Titles from the 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships.
Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung for more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack.
Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung for more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack.
Birchwood 3rd grader Preston Park holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and all of his hard work and dedication is paying off.
Birchwood 3rd grader Preston Park holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and all of his hard work and dedication is paying off.

Preston Park, who will be attending Birchwood Intermediate School in the fall, won TWO GOLD medals and ONE SILVER medal at 2017 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships held in Detroit, Michigan from June 30th to July 6th, 2017.

Preston competed in all three events (Olympic style sparring, WTF Individual Male Poomsae (Form) and Board Breaking) for his division (8~9 year olds black belt division), and on July 5th, Preston won the Gold in Black Belt Board Breaking (broke all 30 pine boards within three minutes). On July 6th, Preston won the Gold in Black Belt WTF Individual Male Poomsae (FORM) and then went on to win the Silver in Black Belt Olympic Style Sparring).

Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do of Commack. Preston will proudly represent the United States in the World Tae Kwon Do Federation 2017 President’s Cup International Tae Kwon Do Championships in Las Vegas, USA from October 4th ~ October 8th, 2017.

Summer Spotlight News

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Link to Summer 2017 Issue of Spotlight News

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