A Night of Scholarships for Deer Park’s Achieving Seniors

A Night of Scholarships for Deer Park’s Achieving Seniors
In front of a large audience of proud parents and family members, the high-achieving seniors of Deer Park High School accepted thousands of dollars worth of scholarships, department awards and schoolwide awards at the annual Senior Awards ceremony on June 7.

To kick off the event, held in the high school auditorium, Student Council President Saraya Jourdain led her fellow students and the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by Briseis del Cid. Director Jerry Cannarozzo and the jazz ensemble entertained the audience with a rendition of Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Members of the Horodnicki family presented several scholarship awards to Deer Park High School seniors in memory of Class of 2005 student Ryan T. Horodnicki; Marine Corps Sgt. Silent Walker presented the United States Marine Corps Scholarship Awards, recognizing students for citizenship and leadership in scholastics, athletics and music; Michael Reed, the husband of former Deer Park administrative assistant Rochelle Reed, presented the Rochelle Reed Memorial Scholarship to seniors who will pursue studies in music or theatrical arts; and Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland presented a proclamation and county pin to student Taniyamol Tomy for winning the Overcoming Educational Obstacles award. Among the new awards were the Scott Schwartz, DDS Scholarship Award, given by orthodontist Scott Schwartz to a senior planning to pursue a medical or dental career.

“We are so proud of our students and all their achievements,” said Associate Principal Kristen Anisis. “We are exceptionally lucky to have such generous community members, politicians, military personnel and school officials who were able to recognize all of their hard work over the years.”