Mattituck-Laurel: Local gymnast to compete in Nationals in California

June is the time to applaud the accomplishments of our young people, whether it’s for sports achievements, art talent or academic endeavor. Hats off to all who work so hard and always make us proud.

James Scholtz, son of Don Scholtz and Nancy Krakowka, was leader of Stoke Innovation, one of two student teams chosen May 10 as winners of the Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship at City College of New York. James’ team, composed of four graduate physics students and an undergrad electrical engineering major, is developing an affordable non-invasive device for instant cancer detection through light analysis. Congratulations, James!

The Mattituck High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society held its first induction of members last week. Students receiving this prestigious honor, in an intimate setting created by Lee Harned, were: Doug Beebe, Kaitlin Beebe, Morgan Murphy, Amy Zurek, Yuilya Palianok, Colin Kiel, Natasha Van de Wetering, Kira Buckel, Veronica Reitz, Ashley Goeller and Patricja Markovaite. Congratulations!

The MHS Athletic Booster Club held its first senior varsity dinner last week at Vineyard Caterers. Due to the club’s generosity and hard work, 10 $500 scholarships were awarded. Recipients were Jessica Boomer, Cody Huntley, Lillian McCullough, Taylor Leden, Connor Davis, Jacqueline Berkoski, Veronica Stelzer, Kimberly Krupski, Rebecca Mincieli and Kevin Reyer. Special thanks to the Booster Club volunteers who have given of their time and talents all year long.

Jen Lengyel will compete in the National Gymnastics Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., June 25-29. Depending on the results, she may have the opportunity to be part of the runner-up team for the 2012 Olympics. Good luck, Jen; we’re all cheering for you!

Sitting in the stands at Farmingdale College, surrounded by parents, friends, classmates, teachers and alumni, the sights and sounds of Mattituck boys varsity baseball team winning the L.I. Championship were exhilarating. The Tuckers worked as a true team to score 8-0 against Oyster Bay and bring the title home. Hats off to Coach DeCaro for his hard work this season!

Summertime is creeping up on us and Mattituck-Laurel Library’s programs for children and teens are ready and waiting. Sign-up for these programs — and for reading clubs — begins Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. This year’s reading club theme is “Book a Trip Around the World.”

If your children love to perform, give them the chance to participate in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The program runs Aug. 1-6, with a performance Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There are no auditions. Sixty North Fork children ages 6 (entering grade 1) to 16 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information email [email protected] or call 631-833-0609.

Happy birthday wishes go to Phil Neudeck on June 9; Karenann Volinski on the 10th; Shelby Pape and Karen Ross on the 11th; Michael Raynor on the 12th; Carolyn Boeckman, Danielle Hudson and Dan Harbes on the 13th; and Lia Benedetto on the 14th.