The dedicated and hardworking leaders of the Class of 2016 earned more than $75,000 in scholarships at the high school’s annual Senior Awards, held in the auditorium on June 9. The awards, bestowed by teachers, administrators, local politicians and community members, served to honor a diverse array of student achievements, both in school and throughout the community.
After a sterling performance by the high school’s jazz ensemble, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, Student Council President Papri Basu led the assembled students, administrators and families in the Pledge of Allegiance. Destiny Parsons, an outstanding vocalist in the school’s theater programs, then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
As part of their recognition, the students received awards including certificates, checks, medals, plaques, proclamations and iPads. Three new student scholarships were debuted this year – the Suffolk County Police Department 1st Precinct Brotherhood Memorial Award, the Mid-Island Club Award and the Bill Borman Memorial Scholarship Award – and the alumni groups of the Classes of 1983, 1984 and 1995 again sponsored scholarships in a show of support for their alma mater.
“These students have made Deer Park High School a better place through their dedication to their academics, athletics, activities and community service,” said Associate Principal Jeanne Kozlowsky. “Our administrative team is grateful to all the donors who make these scholarships possible for our students.”