Eastport-South Manor Student Earns All-National Honors
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School student Rebecca Nelson has been chosen to play the oboe in the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 7-10.
The All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. The opportunity to participate in this extensive program provides a comprehensive experience in both music and education.
“It is crazy to be named as an All-National musician because I have been working towards this for so long,” Rebecca said. “It is very rewarding to earn this accomplishment.”
Eastport-South Manor Student Named Finalist in 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School senior Camille van der Watt has been selected as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Camille boasts an impressive academic résumé which includes her enrollment in multiple challenging Advanced Placement courses, such as art history, biology, literature and composition, and macroeconomics. In addition to this challenging coursework, Camille is enrolled in Calculus 3 at Suffolk Community College.
Adding to her impressive academic accomplishments, Camille is an active member in several extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including Student Government and National Honor Society, and was the president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society last year. Camille also showcases her musical talents as a tuba player in both the marching band and pep band.
“It is nice to have hard work pay off,” Camille said, when asked about her selection as a semifinalist. “I worked very hard to achieve this accomplishment, and it is very gratifying to see that all of the hard work has paid off.”
Approximately 1.5 million juniors from high schools across the country entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of seniors represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, who will now continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships available.
In February, more than 90% of the semifinalists will be selected to advance to finalist standing, and close to half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
2020 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist
Congratulations to High School Senior Camille Vanderwatt for being named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.
More than 1.5 million students applied for the highly competitive scholarship and the semi-finalists represent less than 1 percent of all high-school seniors in the U.S.
To become a finalist, the program explains that students and a high-school official must submit a detailed application. The application must contain information about a student's academic record, leadership abilities, the honors and awards they've received and more.
Life Changer of the Year Award
Tuttle Avenue second grade teacher Meredith Kramer has been nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award, a national program sponsored by National Life Group recognizing individuals who make a difference in the lives of their students. Good luck Mrs. Kramer!
NYSSMA All State
Two of our high school students have made New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All State. Congratulations to Senior Brooke Morabitio for Chorus and Junior Ethan Young for Orchestra.