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Freeport High School’s National Spanish Honor Society welcomes new inductees

It was a proud night for Freeport High School juniors and seniors, along with their parents, members of the Board of Education, administration, and staff, as they came together to celebrate the induction of 34 new members to the National Hispanic Honor Society.

The beautiful induction ceremony opened with the JROTC’s presentation of colors and an address from coordinator Ms. Zoraya Bussey. Following, was a traditional candle lighting ceremony and each inductee was presented with a medal by Board of Education President Maria Jordan-Awalom, prior to taking the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica oath.

To qualify for induction into this prestigious society, the 34 new inductees were required to maintain an excellent academic record along with community service.

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (SHH) is the national organization that recognizes academic achievement in the study of the Spanish language by high school students to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.

Date Added: 5/13/2022

Science takes center stage at Freeport High School’s annual science and engineering fair

Freeport High School’s gymnasium was full of excitement and anticipation as students presented their science projects for the 17th annual Freeport High School science and engineering fair.

The fair featured 37 projects in the disciplines of Behavioral & Social sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, medicine and health, microbiology and zoology.

Students presented their research, experiments and conclusions under the leadership of science research teacher Edward Irwin to a team of judges, including 12 from neighboring universities and colleges.

The annual science fair always brings great opportunities for our students to demonstrate the exceptional work of the science department at Freeport High School,” said Dr. Vincent Pereira, Director of Science.

We have to thank for these opportunities, Mr. Edwin Irwin, science research teacher, who has successfully carried out the science fair for the past 17 years and is retiring at the end of the school year. Our high school students would not have the chance to present their work if not for his efforts.”

The fair challenges students to tap into their scientific curiosity, research and record data, and resolve questions quickly, accurately and efficiently.

Date Added: 5/13/2022

Extra! Extra! Freeport High School’s Newsies Wows Audiences

Freeport High School’s Drama Club proudly reclaimed the stage after two years with a stunning performance of Disney’s Newsies. Before packed audiences, the talented student-actors took to the stage to tell the tale of the 1899 New York Newsboys strike.

Staying true to the classic Disney film and hit Broadway musical, the show included vibrant dance numbers and standout songs including “The World Will Know,” “King of New York,” and “Once and for All.”

“We are so pleased to have our students performing live in our beautiful Performing Arts Center and amazing audiences with their talented performances,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Sharing memorable, live performances with our community is absolutely phenomenal.”

Under the direction of Freeport alumnus, Joseph Anthony Smith the performance featured high school students Victor Villatoro, as Jack Kelly, Emilie Goez as Katherine Plumber, Antonio Cruz and Crutchie, Dillon DeBourg as Davey Jacobs, Jasmine LaRocca as Les Jacobs, Brianne Belizaire as Medda Larkin, Myles Hollingsworth as Joseph Pulitzer and Ashely Retzlaff as Race.

From a set that brought the realism of the streets of old New York City to life, to the cast and crew who delivered a riveting performance that showcased the excellence of the Freeport Public Schools arts department, every member of the audience left the high school’s Performing Arts Center feeling as if they could “Seize the Day.”

Date Added: 4/8/2022

Local Women Inspire Freeport HS Students

Bringing Women’s History Month to a close, Freeport High School students listened to the experiences of several local professionals and appointed officials during a series of assemblies focused on sharing the stories of successful women to inspire students in their own journeys.

The assemblies, which took place at different periods throughout the day, featured

Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Legislator Debra Mulé who spoke to students about their careers as elected officials, NYU Langone Hospital Dr. Sandy Dorcelus, Freeport’s school-based nurse practitioners, Ms. Gina Galante and Ms. Caitlin Ennis, RN who spoke to students about working in the medical field, and Ms Carolina Fortuna, Freeport High School Alumni and fashion designer who spoke to students about the struggles and triumphs of working in the fashion industry.

During Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby’s presentation, she awarded Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Board President Maria Jordan-Awalom, High School Principal Giselle Campbell-Ham, Assistant Principal Michael Campiglia, and the high school’s Women’s Committee Zoraya Bussey and Silvia Fernández with certificates for supporting women and celebrating Women’s History Month.

While each speaker shared their experiences in their respective fields, they also expressed the importance of celebrating Women’s History Month and why recognizing and honoring the ongoing victories for women’s rights is crucial to the future. Following each presentation, students were able to ask questions, take photos and share their own experiences about their interests for future career paths.

Date Added: 4/7/2022

Freeport High School Annual Human Rights Symposium

The Freeport High School Human Relations Club was honored to welcome Ms. Consolee Nishimwe to their Annual Human Rights Symposium. Ms. Nishimwe is a 1994 Rwandan Genocide survivor and spoke to the students about the great adversity and abuse she experienced by her perpetrators.

During her presentation she shared her account of the trauma she endured and how she survived such a traumatic experience. Her courage, determination, and perseverance inspired all who attended. In her closing statements to the audience, she stated,“Be kind to one another, always have hope, and be grateful.”

Consolee Nishimwe is an author, a motivational speaker and a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She is a committed speaker on the genocide, a defender of women’s rights and an advocate for other genocide survivors. In 2012, Consolee released her memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope. In recognition of her courage and accomplishments, Consolee was awarded the 2013 Association for the Study of African American Life and History Living Legacy Award. She also received a Hero Lifetime Achievement Award from Huntington National Bank and the New York City Citation Award in recognition of her tolerance as a victim of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In addition to the assembly, interactive workshops were presented in Freeport High School’s Digital Learning Center throughout the day by Dr. Avi Markovitz, Director of Education for the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center.Workshops included Courageous Conversations, Deconstructing Hate, Teaching Tolerance, and Diversity: Celebrating Differences.

The Freeport High School Human Relations Club explores various issues of justice and human rights to promote the realization that students at Freeport High School can make a difference in the world. The club is advised by Ms. Pamela Mary Schmidt and Ms. Kerri Loper-Rivera, and its goals are to raise awareness of the marginalized and oppressed through activism and social awareness. Students participate in philanthropic fundraising activities and community service locally and globally.

Date Added: 4/6/2022