High School Students Making a Difference


Five seniors from the high school recently attended the first annual “Compassion Without Borders” leadership summit, sponsored by the Suffolk County High School Principals’ Association (SCHSPA). During the summit, student representatives from every high school in Suffolk County gathered to take part in the unique conference, geared at breaking down geographic borders between the schools and uniting the students to work toward one common cause.

The group’s first mission was to raise money for Dylan Thompson, a sophomore at Harborfields High School who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Dylan’s condition confines him to a wheelchair and presents him with a myriad of health-related issues. Dylan’s home is in disrepair and is not wheelchair accessible. Each high school pledged to raise $1,000 for Dylan’s cause over the course of the school year. Through this effort, more than $50,000 will be collected to help repair Dylan’s home and make it wheelchair accessible.

The student leaders from Deer Park are pictured here with Social Studies/Family Consumer Science Curriculum Associate Daniel McKeon and Senior Class Advisor Jenine Moran. They are (L-R) Class Vice President Samantha Friend, Monica White, Student Council member Marissa Tianga (standing), Blaise Cresciullo, and Class President Michael Prescia.