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Greenport News: Another achievement for local students

Since I began my last column by saying goodbye to Mr. Feeney, interim Greenport High School secondary principal, it only seems fitting that I start this one by welcoming the new interim principal, Bill Caulfield. He’ll be with us through June when, hopefully, we’ll find a permanent principal to take his place. 

Three GHS juniors — Danielle Fauteux, Max Mastrangelo and Nicholas Wallace – recently passed their certified first-responder class. I’d like to offer them congratulations on a job well done.

Across all of the U.S. and Canada, only 547 school districts “simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement (college) courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.” Any guesses on which eastern Long Island school is in that group? That’s right … Greenport High School. Congratulations to our AP students and their teachers on this monumental achievement.

Students in Ms. Pawlik’s and Ms. Van Duzer’s classes took third place for New York State in a recent National Sumdog United States Math Contest. They also ranked 83rd nationally out of 2,685 competing classes. And if that isn’t enough good news, check this out: Everett Corwin, son of Melissa and Ev Corwin, placed seventh in the nation and Trinity Creighton, daughter of Adele Cassone, placed 82nd nationally. Congratulations to all of you!

My sincerest sympathies to Scott Ferguson and Alison Raynor on the passing of their mom, Sue Andrews Raynor, who passed away last Wednesday after a long illness. There is definitely another angel in heaven.

My next column won’t appear until Jan. 15, so birthday wishes are plentiful in this edition. The happiest of birthdays to Carol Schott, Holly Weingart, Jason Doucett and Alexandra Georgoulakos on Christmas Day; Holly Sponza and Becky Lillis on Dec. 26; Scott Klipp and Sue Stretz on the 27th; Cindy Mysliborski, Linda Reeves and Jaclyn Tooker on the 28th; Wayde Manwaring Sr. and Janis Moore on the 29th; Christine Dickson, Ray Van Etten, Judy Kozora, Carolee “Deetz” Doucett, Christian Angelson and Courtney Kart on the 30th; my dear friend, Barbara Damiani, Aaron Pacholk and Caryl Hallock Jarres on the 31st; Joan Mazzaferro Brown, Toyin Gates and Jon Alaia on Jan. 1; Kyle Charters and Joe Sieverman on the 2nd; Thalia Dinizio and Ryan Creighton on the 3rd; my cousin Kristen Chouinard on the 4th; another cousin, Rose Heaney Baker, Mary Olszewski Mantilla and Tai McKenzie on the 5th; Ricky Fiedler, Fred Schoenstein and Jamie Richter on the 7th; Lynn Webster, Randi Parker and Brendan Purcell on the 8th; Carmen Jimenez, Diane Brockett and Dale Hughes on the 9th; Rich Fiedler and “Yosh” Tamin on the 10th; and Cedric Davis and Kelly Rand on the 11th.

Happy anniversary to Marilyn and Rich Fieldler, whose special day is Jan. 9.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or another holiday, my wish for all of you is the same: to have the gifts that money can’t buy — health and happiness —  and to be surrounded by those you love. See you in 2015.

R031209_Dinizio_R.jpgContact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 477-9411.