Southold-Peconic: ‘Race to Nowhere’ to be shown in Southold, teen attends leadership camp

September flew by, bringing the beautiful month of October. Maybe now we will see the crisp fall days that many of us have been eagerly looking forward to. It’s another great season to be on the North Fork!

A documentary film, “Race to Nowhere,” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Southold High School auditorium. The film features stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and concerned that students aren’t developing the skills they need and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their children. Following the film, Dr. Allison Byers will facilitate a discussion. To view the movie’s trailer, go to

Belated happy birthday to Lauren Ficurilli, who turned 17 on Oct. 2. David Baryk, John Sinning Sr. and Nancy Smith celebrate on the 7th, Sally Napoli on the 11th and Carla Hubbard on the 12th.

Dillon Engels, son of Bill and Heather Engels of Southold, recently spent two weeks at the Norwich University Future Leader Camp in Vermont, an adventure experience designed to challenge and develop high school students’ leadership skills. Among other activities, Dillon took leadership, crisis preparedness, orienteering and first aid training; rappelled on 80-foot cliffs; hiked to the top of Mt. Ascutney; and spent three days camping, competing and learning wilderness survival skills. Wow!

Congratulations to Southold’s students of the month for September. In the middle school, they are: Emily Portillo, art; Meg Pickerell, English, family & consumer science and social studies; Abigail Bolliver, foreign language; Nick Bellomo, physical education; Gina Anasagasti, science; and Rafael Campos, technology. The high school students of the month are Brittany Calderale, art; Melissa Rogers, English; Jonathan Vasquez, foreign language; Megan Melly, family & consumer science; Lennon Sarfati, physical education; Ryan Rothman, science; Jamie Grigonis, social studies; Dylan Waskiewicz, technology; and Kaitlin Kettenbeil, NJROTC

A book fair will be held at Southold elementary school on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Family night will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Books for all reading levels will be offered. Proceeds benefit the PTA.