Finest Falcons Recognized on Senior Awards Night

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The high-achieving members of Deer Park High School’s Class of 2015 were recognized at the school’s annual Senior Awards on June 4, giving teachers, administrators, local politicians and community members the opportunity to honor the students for the hard work and dedication they displayed throughout their high school years.

The awards, both school-based and communitywide in nature, covered a variety of areas of achievement. In some instances, students were required to write essays explaining why they would be the best candidate to receive a certain scholarship, while others were based solely on academic performance. Many of the awards were selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administrators from the high school.

“The students sitting behind me represent Deer Park’s finest,” said Associate Principal Jeanne Kozlowsky in her opening speech. “As a result of these students’ commitment to their studies, athletic teams, extracurricular activities and community, they have made this high school a better place.”

Three different alumni groups – the Classes of 1983, 1984 and 1995 – sponsored scholarships this year, with a total monetary value of more than $75,000.  “They felt it was an opportunity for them to give back to their alma mater,” said Kozlowsky. Awards that were distributed to the students included checks, plaques, medals, certificates, proclamations and iPads.

At the beginning, Student Council President Taylor Morales led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a strong rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Mauricio Montes. The high school’s jazz ensemble, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, performed before the ceremony and at the intermission for the audience’s enjoyment. The band’s featured piece was Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” featuring their saxophone section; other tunes included Steely Dan’s “Peg,” Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good,” the latter featuring Jack Dillon on flugelhorn.

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