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Mattituck News: Congrats, Class of 2016!

As May begins, many of our seniors are deciding where next September will take them, since most acceptances must be completed the first few days of the month. It’s an exciting time — and bittersweet as well. To those who are preparing to graduate at the 102nd commencement: Enjoy the next few weeks as the time at Mattituck High School winds down.

Congratulations to Katherine Hoeg for reaching the academic height of valedictorian and her classmate Jack Dufton, who is this year’s salutatorian.

MHS graduates of 25 and 50 years ago are traditionally invited to commencement exercises, which take place for the Class of 2016 at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP; call Mrs. Bieber at 631-298-8471, ext. 3223. It’s a great opportunity to think back to when you walked the hallowed halls of Mattituck.

Speaking of alums, the Class of 1966 will hold a reunion on June 25. The committee needs help locating classmates Susan Zaleski, Stephen Zdunko and Gretchen Oldrin. If you have any information, please call 631-734-6334.

A reminder that students entering grades 7 and 12 in the fall must receive the meningococcal vaccine before the new school year begins. For information, call the health office at 631-298-8471, ext. 3271.

Congratulations to Emilie Reimer, who was recognized as MVP of the 2015-16 volleyball season at SUNY/Cobleskill. Emilie wants to thank her MHS coaches for the support and preparation she had before entering college to play the sport she loves.

The Mattituck-Cutchogue PTSA honored MHS teachers and staff last week with a delicious luncheon for Teacher Appreciation Week. Being acknowledged in this way shows our teachers we are grateful for all they do for our children. 

Mattituck’s Students of the Month were recognized recently at a breakfast generously provided by the PTSA. Hats off to Ally Robins, Carlos Campos, Ariel Perez, Michael Filipkowski, Drew Hahn, Miranda Saninno, Joseph DePinto, Jamie Gaffga, Kristina Olsen, Sophia Sluyters, Fernandao Perez, Gwyn Foley, Sam Shaffrey, Kim Scheer, Shelby Dufton and Ethan Tandy.

A couple of corrections/updates for the honor roll that was published here last week: Congratulations to Liam Gregg and Skyler Grathwohl, both of whom are on the grade 12 honor roll.

Bravo to 10-year-old Piper Altman, daughter of Jason and Christina Altman. She deserves our admiration for a recent good deed: donating her beautiful hair to Locks of Love. Piper said, “I wanted to donate my hair to help anyone who might need a wig and would feel better having one.” What a nice gesture!

Happy birthday wishes go out to the following May babies: Amy Martinez, Lori Burden, Courtney Italia, Allison Olsen, Taylor Altman, Brady Ulmet Jr., James McDonald, Kevin Litchhult, Stacey Moyer, Dr. Jay Slotkin, Richie Koch, Christian Montgomery and Dot Nine.

Whenever I hear from Bobbie Harrison, she has a cluster of good news and this week is no different. First, she and her husband, John, became grandparents for the first time April 21, when John and Heather Harrison welcomed Liam Robert, who weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Meanwhile, great-grandfather John W. Harrison celebrated his milestone 95th birthday with a party in Laurel attended by folks from as far away as St. Louis and Maryland. And just when you think that’s all the news fit to print: Bobbie’s son Christopher became engaged to the love of his life, Evie Langteau. The couple plans to tie the knot Aug. 7 in Wisconsin. Happy news is the best news!

R031209_Arslanian_RContact Mattituck columnist Pat Arslanian at [email protected] or 298-8489.