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Exploring Technology Careers

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Shoreham-Wading River High School technology students recently attended a facility tour of Dayton T. Brown in Bohemia. The field trip was an opportunity to explore the engineering technologies used in testing the features of items such as products, vehicle seat belts, aircraft and more.

Students were provided with contact information so that they could apply for internships as college undergraduates. “They were excited to hear many of the interns who were accepted to Dayton T. Brown are currently employed by them today,” technology teacher Nicholas Vertucci said, referring to the engineers, technicians, technical writers, logisticians and production specialists and others who have productive careers at the facility.

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School varsity cheerleading squad recently competed at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Small Varsity Division II in Orlando, Florida. Competing against teams from all over the country, this is the third time in SWR’s program history that the team qualified for a championship bid and the first time they executed their routine with zero deductions in points, increasing their score by 20.6 from previous years. We congratulate their determination and teamwork in representing the District’s exceptional sports program! See their routine here:


Read more about their accomplishments here.

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SWR’s Outdoor Classroom

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Shoreham-Wading River High School Science Research 2 students have a real-world laboratory right outside the school’s doors where they spent time collecting mushrooms and mo​sses for their work with the Barcode Long Island project, a study of Long Island’s unique, dynamic natural environment. They also worked to take a sediment core in the pond for the sediment chemistry analysis project at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s NSLS-II to identify any heavy or trace metals that may be present in the sediment of the pond due to the runoff from the surrounding area.

Student Support Counselor Welcomed

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The Shoreham-Wading River School District is pleased to welcome Nancy Kloska as the new Student Support Counselor as part of the counseling staff at Prodell Middle School and Shoreham-Wading River High School. A certified School Counselor, Ms. Kloska was the Before and After-Care Director for Shoreham-Wading River Schools, a position held through the North Shore Youth Council. Her vast experience gives her access to a wide range of resources and referrals for students and their families. She is available after school hours to meet with, counsel and advocate for Prodell students on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and SWR High School students on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Critical Thinking and Collaboration

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Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Living Environment course worked through breakout boxes, creating 3-D models of the DNA double helix for a DNA structure and function lesson. The students, under the guidance of science teacher Dana Schaefer, also created “mitosis cookies,” that were used as a model and an assessment on the stages of mitosis. The lesson involved students randomly choosing two stages of mitosis out of a hat and representing the chromosomes and other cellular features using sprinkles and frosting.

Talk of Tesla at Prodell History Club

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The Albert G. Prodell Middle School National History Club welcomed Mr. Neil Baggett from the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe on Jan. 23. Prodell Middle School seventh-grader Carly Mulroy interviewed Mr. Baggett for her research on Nikola Tesla for her National History Day project.

Mr. Baggett serves on the Board of Directors of the Shoreham-based organization that serves as a regional science, education and technology center at the site of Tesla’s last existing laboratory.

Carly and students Allie Kall and Alex Zhang (seventh-grade) and eighth-graders Natalie Casey, Melanie Hagen, Anja Minty and Aaron Russell will take part in the 2019 National History Day competition at Hofstra University on Sunday, March 31. This year’s theme is Triumph and Tragedy.

“As the students learned of the legacy that Tesla left, they are also learning that the hard work that they are putting into their research projects will culminate in participating in this distinguished competition,” club adviser and social studies teacher Danielle Senneca said. “I am proud of their efforts and enthusiasm for the project.”

Statistical Analysis Methods for Research Students

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As part of Shoreham-Wading River’s School-to-Community Program, Dr. Richard Morgan, Graduate Program Director of Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare and Clinical Associate Professor, presented to AP Capstone Research students on statistical analysis methods. In the course, students investigate a single, self-selected research question throughout the year, compose an academic paper, and present and defend their research to a panel. Dr. Morgan presented to the class on univariate analysis vs. bivariate analysis and returned a few days later to conference individually with students on their data collection and interpretation methods.

Science and Fun Go Hand in Hand with ‘Mr. Fish’

Wading River School students were excited and inspired with a science-themed presentation by Mr. Fish, who embraced their curiosities with principles of science and a bit of magic. His educational and entertaining show, sponsored by the PTA, highlighted anti-gravity forces.

Authentic Language, Authentic Learning

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Shoreham-Wading River High School World Languages teacher Maryanne Agius was selected as a recipient of a New Teacher Conference Mentor Scholarship to attend the 65th annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The conference – slated for Feb. 7–9 in Manhattan – will be three days of discussions, workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches and awards, which reflect the general trends, interests and needs of its constituents. She was one of only 25 scholarship recipients for new teachers in the entire Northeast.

Providing a forum for language educators from Maine to Virginia, the conference will be an opportunity for Agius to gather resources and ideas to bring back to Shoreham-Wading River for colleagues and students.

In addition to registration and a pre-conference workshop, Agius will also be paired with an experienced teacher who is a veteran conference attendee who will support and strategize with her about what sessions to attend, etc. She will also meet with the scholarship sponsors, Vista Higher Learning and the Language Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network at New York University, as well as network with other scholarship recipients.

“She is a dedicated and hardworking teacher, quite deserving of this award,” said Nicole Waldbauer, the district’s Director of Humanities, who recognized and congratulated her for the accomplishment at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Mindfulness in Motion

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Miller Avenue School students experienced a fresh and intriguing approach to both physical exercise and mental exercise with an interactive program with teaching artists Beth and Scott and Friends. The fun included mindful moving, yoga postures, collaborative dances, learning to belly breathe, listening to singing bowls and embodying various emotional moods with the use of world and popular music. The program’s mission is in line with the District’s Social-Emotional Learning opportunities.

An exploration of Native American History

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Fourth-graders at Wading River School expanded their lessons on Native American studies in a unique hands-on arts-in-education program. The visiting program “Journey into American Indian Territory” taught them about the Iroquois culture whose lives were vividly recreated through stories and numerous artifacts.

AP Students Review Peers’ Draft Research

Shoreham-Wading River High School students in Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar and AP Capstone Research came together recently in the high school library to peer review AP Seminar students’ draft research papers before they are submitted to the College Board.

“It was a great night of students conferencing and collaborating to help one another improve their writing,” English teacher Ed Storck said. More than 40 students worked in small teams with at least one AP Research student who completed the course last year and helped provide important insight and suggestions. Each team received specialized training so that they became experts on their assigned row of the research paper rubric.

The innovative diploma program equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges.

AP Students Make Bacteria Glow

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Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Advance Placement biology class are examining many scientific topics and were excited with their latest lab project: making bacteria glow. Working with teacher Sherry Neff, they transformed the bacteria with a plasmid that contained the luciferase gene, which originates from bacteria that live in the light organ of the fish Monocentric japonicus, commonly known as the pineapple fish. According to Neff, the luciferase gene was originally cloned at Stony Brook University. A similar gene is what causes bioluminescence in fireflies.

SWaRt Café!

The Shoreham-Wading River High School art department and its students recently hosted the first SWaRt Café (SWR Art Café) before the small ensembles musical performance.

“This art show was a chance for our art students to showcase what they do best - engage in artwork with the idea of sharing what they know and love with their fellow students,” art teacher Jason Andria said.

A number of stations were set up including the “Quickdraw Challenge” inviting students to draw the first thing that came to their mind with a two-minute timer. Marbling, watercolor techniques, kinetic art, and a mini collage were some of the other stations where students could sample some new materials and produce something they could take home. There was a great turnout for the show and enthusiastic participation from the students, family members and teachers. “We plan to continue to do this each year and will consider setting up an additional art event aside from our annual art show in May,” Andria added.

Prodell Middle School invites community speakers to Living History Day

The Shoreham-Wading River Central School District looks forward each year to partnering with local community members to help make history come to life for students. Living History Day is a way to help students hear firsthand accounts of what life has been like over the decades and have participating community members share their stories within the classrooms.

Albert G. Prodell Middle School would like to invite members of the community to participate as guest speakers for the annual Living History Day celebration scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone who has an interesting story, life or career experience he or she would like to share with students, please contact Shoreham-Wading River School District Director of Humanities Nicole Waldbauer at or 631-821-8200. Approximately 20 volunteers will be needed for this event.

Please send Mrs. Waldbauer your name, contact information and a brief description of what you would like to share with the students. If selected, participants will be asked to attend a 30-minute rehearsal prior to the event. All participants must show a photo ID upon entry to the middle school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to guests.

School-to-Community Partnership

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Shoreham-Wading River High School recently hosted its School-to-Community Program meeting. Numerous community partners provided a mock job interview experience for students in Ms. Melissa Cosgrove’s Career and Finance class. Some special education students took part in the experience as well. The District’s community partners offered students feedback on their interview before working with them on mini presentations in which they generated a set of action plans to increase community involvement with students and vice versa. According to Amy Meyer, Director of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, the successful event was another indication of building momentum and a positive move forward with the collaborative efforts.

DECA Dozen Gain Key Leadership Skills

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Shoreham-Wading River High School was well represented at the DECA Regional Career competition with 12 students participating in various business events along with more than 1,000 students from across Suffolk County.

Held at Suffolk County Community College, the competition works to prepare high school and college leaders and entrepreneurs in all areas of business, including marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The top winners are now qualified to compete at the New York State DECA Career Conference competition in March.

Each year, Shoreham-Wading River High School students embrace the fundamentals of the DECA competition and work to go above and beyond to represent the district as well as gain the leadership skills for their future goals.

Among the students who earned recognition were:

Top Ten Scores:
Nicholas Bettenhauser - Accounting Applications
Owen Donohue - Principles of Marketing
Sean Franson - Professional Selling
Christopher Simonetti - Hotel and Lodging Management
Peter Franson - Business Finance

Second Place:
Max Cavoli - Professional Selling

Third Place:
Josh Aliberti - Sports and Entertainment Team Event
Gavin Barone - Sports and Entertainment Team Event
Nicholas Cacciola - Business Finance
Jake Vogel - Professional Selling

Fourth Place:
Phil Deluca - Accounting Applications

Student Camden Sisler will also attend the state competition for his research paper on Entreprenuership Start-UP Business Plan.

The Shoreham-Wading River School District extends its congratulations to all the DECA participants and wishes the best of luck to them at the state level.

Kidsday Reporters!

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Students in Melissa Levonick’s fifth-grade class had an amazing opportunity to work with Newsday’s Kidsday. Editor Pat Mullooly visited the class three times to discuss article ideas with the students, and encouraged their joke writing and creative illustrations for the paper.

The students went on numerous adventures to New York City where they interviewed celebrities including the Beach Boys’ Mike Love and the people who voice Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They also visited The Museum of Illusions to interview the owner/creator. Their hard work was featured in several Kidsday articles in the fall and during the week of January 12.

“All the students agree that this was an incredible experience,” Ms. Levonick said. See their journalistic masterpieces here!

Grant Gratitude

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Shoreham-Wading River High School English teacher Ed Storck and former SWR High School English teacher Alana Philcox presented to approximately 40 English teachers and administrators at the Long Island Language Arts Council’s Winter Professional Development Workshop recently held in Melville. Mr. Storck and Ms. Philcox provided the audience with an overview of the work they accomplished with the LILAC grant award which they received last school year. Their grant project proposal was intended to cultivate empathy and address the need for social harmony in a culturally diverse world with the understanding that literature plays a critical role in starting that dialogue. With the grant award, the district was able to purchase texts with authentic depictions to help students better understand what it means to be human, to be unique, and to be a part of a community that respects one another. The teachers shared some powerful student responses to the newly incorporated texts and thanked the LILAC organization for the support of their project.

Understanding the Five Basic Freedoms

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Dozens of Shoreham-Wading River High School students attended the “Icons of Freedom V: Student Speech and Press in American Democracy” at the Touro College Law Center in Central Islip. The 40 juniors from the Advanced Placement U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. Government classes taught by Walter Caskie, were joined by students from several schools across Long Island. The symposium featured guest speakers who addressed issues pertaining to students First Amendment rights in school. The two keynote speakers were Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier Fray from the Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier landmark First Amendment U.S. Supreme Court cases. Both speakers shared their experiences of participating in the fight to protect First Amendment rights of students in public schools. At the end of the program, students participated in a question and answer session and met the speakers.

Advanced Visions of SWR Art Students

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Two talented Shoreham-Wading River High School students had their artwork displayed as part of the Long Island University Advanced Visions 15 High School Artists of Excellence exhibit. Rachel Biemer and Brian Hernandez, both seniors, were encouraged to enter and selected for the honor at the S.A.L. Gallery in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at the LIU Post campus in Brookville.

Message from the Superintendent re: State Aid

Dear Community Members,

Recently, the executive budget proposal for NYS aid to schools was released. In the Shoreham Wading River School District NYS aid allocations are of great importance in order to sustain our wonderful educational programs which support excellent outcomes for our students academically, artistically and athletically. The 2019-2020 executive budget proposal includes an incremental increase in foundation aid for our district and decreases in expense driven aids that results in a net decrease of state aid for those two NYS aid categories to our District of $77,106.

The executive budget’s disappointing proposal of just a $16,106 dollar increase in foundation aid for our District does not reflect the reality of rising costs in all areas of District operations. Long Island communities, including Shoreham-Wading River, receive a disproportionate amount of school aid back when compared to our contribution to New York State’s budget. It is only fair to the Shoreham-Wading River community that foundation aid increases reflect rising costs and support the continuance of all of our programming for students.

Expense driven aid amounts are based on actual expenses District’s incurred in prior years for the various expense aid categories. We are currently in the process of analyzing the Governor’s proposal for expense driven state aid allocations for our District.

It is important to note that an additional expense driven aid category, building aid, which was not included in recent media reports is in fact projected to increase for our district next year due to the completion of capital projects. As a result, we anticipate the District will net an increase in overall state aid for next year even if the executive budget proposals for foundation aid and expense driven aids remain unchanged in the final state budget due on April 1.

With a New York State tax cap in place and a new federal cap on deducting state and local taxes this year, NYS school aid takes on ever increasing importance for our residents and students. Please know, our District will be advocating again this year for appropriate and fair aid as the budget process in Albany progresses this year. We do expect our foundation aid allocation to increase for the 2019-2020 school year. Last year as a result of our advocacy, and the support of our local legislators our final foundation aid allocation was about $100,000 higher than what the Governor’s budget originally proposed.

As a district we will continuing to advocate for our schools, students and community. Below/attached is a copy of the legislative priority brochure we have created and are in the process of distributing to our local officials. Should you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Thank you for your continued support and advocacy of the Shoreham Wading River Central School District.


Gerard W. Poole


Scholar-athletes Commended by Board of Education

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Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats have much to be proud of and their accomplishments were celebrated at a recent Board of Education meeting.

The High School’s fall varsity sports teams were commended for their exceptional work on the field and in the classroom.

The Board celebrated the school’s scholar-athlete teams, an honor the 171 varsity students earned by 75 percent of them maintaining an average GPA of 90 percent or above during the season.

Mark Passamonte, the District’s Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Nurses, read each student’s name and accolade before they were applauded by the Board of Education and presented with a SWR School District commemorative pin.

The students are:

Girls Soccer

* All Division: Lakin Ciampo, Gianna Cacciola, Francesca Lilly, Alison Devall
* All County: Nicki Constant, Emma Kirkpatrick, Maddie Joannou
* All State: Nicky Constant
* All Academic: Francesca Lilly
* SWR MVP: Nicky Constant
* SWR Coaches Award: Sara Hobbes
* Division II Offensive Player of the Year: Nicky Constant

Boys Cross Country

* All League: Joey Krause, Adam Zelin
* All Division: Adam Zelin
* All County: Adam Zelin
* State Team Member: Adam Zelin
* SWR MVP: Joey Krause
* Section XI MVP: Adam Zelin

Girls Cross Country

* All League: Lexie Smith, Nicole Garcia and Emily Cook
* All Division: Lexie Smith, Nicole Garcia
* All academic: Lexie Smith
* SWR MVP: Lexie Smith
* SWR Most Improved: Nicole Garcia

Boys Volleyball

* All League: Brandon Safranek
* All Academic: Brandon Safranek, Will Jantzen
* SWR MVP: Brandon Safranek
* SWR Most Improved: Max Calovi

Girls Volleyball

* All League: Katlynn McGivney, Alyson Mallon, Lauren Halloran, Brianna Huebner

* SWR MVP: Katlynn McGivney

Boys Soccer

* All League: Brady Cummings, Wes Pase
* All Conference: James Rose, Joe Daleo, Jake DePaoli
* All Academic: Brennan Gorman

Girls Tennis

* All County: Catherine Erb
* All League: Natalie Acker, Brianna Arabio, Alexandra Borriello, Sydney Spuhler
* Section XI Sportsmanship Award: Madison Dimpflmaier
* SWR MVP: Catherine Erb
* SWR Most Improved: Brianna Arabio

Field Hockey

* All League: Isabella Meli, Abigail Korzekwinski
* All County: Michele Corona, Chiara Hodun, Rachel Biemer (Honorable Mention), Ashley Luppens (Honorable Mention)
* All State: Summer Steimel


* All League: Mike Casazza, Jack Logan, Johnny Schwarz
* All Conference: Xavier Arline, Joe Puckey, Liam Mahoney, Matt Zahn, DJ Brown, Jake Wilson, Jake Meeker, Dom Visintin
* All County: Xavier Arline, Joe Puckey, Liam Mahoney
* SWR Special Teams Award: DJ Brown
* SWR Offensive MVP: Xavier Arline
* SWR Defensive MVP: Johnny Schwarz
* OL Grunt Award: Liam Mahoney
* DL Award: Matt Zahn
* Won Section XI Division IV Championship- 4th County Championship in the last 5 years.

Boys Golf

* Gavin Melandro: All League

Student Jason Louser was also congratulated for his second-place win at Winter Nationals in the 400 Individual Medley. He is the 18 and Under National Champion because the first-place winner was over 18. Jason’s time also qualifies him to compete in the 2020 Olympic trials.

Read All About it!

Wading River School students Lola Costello, Daniel Laieta and Branon Smith share a sneak-peak at the school’s fifth-grade production in today’s Newsday/Kidsday. Read here and save the date for this perennial favorite – Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 at Shoreham-Wading River High School!

Furthering the groundwork for careers in agronomy and sustainability

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Shoreham-Wading River High School has been selected to receive a $6,750 grant from the New York State Agriculture Education and Outreach for School-Based Agriculture Programs. Science teacher Kevin Nohejl was among more than 60 high school educators who applied for the incentive grant for new programs and will use the grant funds for the school’s new course Long Island Sustainability.

The course, which began in September of this academic year, acclimates students to the dynamic science of agronomy, an agricultural science of soil management and field crop production, with consideration given to horticulture and sustainability. They are learning various aspects and the science behind conventional and organic crop production, as well as sustainability and trends in modern agriculture such as agri-tourism, farm-to-table dining and Community Supported Agriculture.

“We are very excited for the opportunities and resources this grant will provide for our students and Mr. Nohejl,” said Dr. Amy Meyer, District Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “From curriculum and program development and coordination, to resource acquisitions and professional development, we look forward to witnessing the success and interest in this high-quality education program as a result of the work of Mr. Nohejl and his students.”

As part of the program, a number of science students will be selected to represent the district at the 2019 New York State Future Farmers of America Convention in May in Syracuse to participate in the program’s workshops and presentations.

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Shoreham-Wading River High School hosted its School-to-Community Program meeting on January 10. Numerous community partners provided a mock job interview experience for students in Ms. Melissa Cosgrove’s Career and Finance class. Some special education students took part in the experience as well. The District’s community partners offered students feedback on their interview before working with them on mini presentations in which they generated a set of action plans to increase community involvement with students and vice versa. According to Amy Meyer, Director of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, the successful event was another indication of building momentum and a positive move forward with the collaborative efforts.

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Nonfiction Reading Experts!

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As a culmination of their study of reading nonfiction, first-graders in Mrs. Ronnie Malave’s and Mrs. Theresa Marino’s class prepared and taught Mrs. Joan Jacobs’ kindergarteners about their nonfiction books. The older students spent time reading through their chosen books and identifying important details, key words, and wonderings to share with their younger buddies. They marked their books with post-its and notes. They visited Mrs. Jacob’s classroom and spent time teaching their new friends about their nonfiction topic. It was a great way for students to put together all of the strategies and share what they learned during the unit!

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Sharing Kindness with Shelter Pets!

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Miller Avenue School’s new second-grade Student Council have been hard at work developing positive initiatives throughout the school and helping families and organizations in the community. Along with advisers, school psychologist Mary Anne Benz and second-grade teacher Robert Korchma, their most recent undertaking included creating 122 dog toys and involving families and friends in collecting dozens of items including food, leashes, collars, paper towels, blankets for the Brookhaven Animal Shelter.


Albert G. Prodell Middle School’s Booktalk is an enriching literary experience for sixth-graders that provides a variety of book titles that students choose from. Here, Superintendent of Schools Mr. Gerard Poole discusses plot, character development and story summary in a lively discussion with students. According to librarian Ann-Marie Kalin, the goal of the two-week program is to encourage even the most reluctant reader to embrace literature as well as the art of conversation.

Historic Simulation at Prodell

Dressed in Colonial attire, students from Albert G. Prodell Middle School acted out the Second Congressional Congress before classmates and family members.

During the simulation, students presented arguments and speeches from the Radical and Tories sides, asking their peers to vote for independence or loyalty. This year, Loyalists won and the 13 colonies voted to remain loyal to King George III and their mother country.

As classmates, family members and administrators arrived at the event, the middle school chamber orchestra, led by music teacher Fred Volz, performed. The debate was led by students Matthew Cerniglia and Kathryn Winters.

“Both students showed leadership skills as they controlled the excited group of colonists and led each speaker to the podium,” said social studies teacher Danielle Senneca, one of the organizers of the event. “The speeches were exceptional. A serious moment ensued when two sisters, Reese and Nina Nelson, spoke about how they were torn apart by the two sides of the debate.”

According to Senneca, the debate was intense; when each colony stood to vote, the crowd was anxious for each verdict and erupted in cheers.

The simulation, which also included students from Corinne Fallon’s and Katie Peters’ classes, has taken place annually for more than 40 years at the middle school.

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