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RHS Accomplishments During 2011-2012 School Year
HS ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2011-12
For the first time ever in one year, Riverhead High School students were accepted to 7 of the 8 Ivy League Colleges: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. Our students were also accepted to every college in the SUNY system as well as many highly competitive private schools throughout the country including Boston College, Middlebury, Syracuse, MIT, Amherst, Brigham Young University, NYU, George Washington and Wesleyan.Valedictorian Daugile Savanevictute will attend Harvard and Salutatorian Sandra Ruttkayova will attend SUNY Stony Brook.
RIVERHEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT was one of nine Long Island school districts named to the College Board's second annual AP District Honor Roll.
Alexandra Sanchez and Daugile Savanevictute were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
John Rios was selected as a 2011-12 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar.
John Rios and Katelyn McKissick won first and second, respectively in the HS Advanced level of the Suffolk County Declamatio. John Rios won the first ever "Suffolk Classical Society Scholarship" in recognition of his achievements in Latin over the course of 6 years of competition. He also won a full scholarship to SUNY Buffalo in classical studies; however, he has chosen to attend Princeton in the fall. The HS team placed second in the Certamen.
Three Riverhead High School students, Perla Leon, Nylejah Green and Jessica Juarez-Lopez (and a young man, Dale Samuel, who is home schooled) competed in the NY Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) Robotics Competition in Albany, NY on March 30. Their team came in second out of 11 Regional STEP teams.
RHS won five first place trophies at "Music in The Parks" - Hershey Park, PA.
The Chamber Choir won 1st Place with a rating of Superior
and was named Best Overall HS Choir.
The Chamber Orchestra won 1st place with a rating of Superior.
The Jazz Ensemble won 1st place with a rating of Good.
Sean Klopfer (Guitarist) was named Outstanding Soloist, Jazz Band.
Riverhead High School NJROTC received 2011 Spirit of Riverhead Award from the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce. The NJROTC drill team won first place at the Mattituck drill and the Wm. Floyd drill meets. For the first time in the history of the NJROTC program three cadets, Amanda Gallo, Brian Weinhardt, and Edward Kruszon, were awarded full ROTC scholarships to the schools of their choice.
County Legislator Ed Romaine presented the RHS Suffolk Zone Award Winners, Mariah Messina and Tim Clement, with proclamations at a meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature.
RHS physics students took second and third place at the Regional level of the National Rube Goldberg Competition at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Riverhead's teams competed against teams from all over Long Island and New York City.
Jalyn Brown achieved an incredible 13 consecutive years of perfect attendance! Mariah Messina also achieved four straight years of perfect attendance throughout her high school years. She received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at C.W. Post.
The Riverhead High School Varsity Cheerleaders placed first in the Scarsdale, NY in the small varsity division (they competed against 12 teams) and were named Grand Champs placing first over all 24 teams in the varsity division at the Scarsdale competition.
Melodee Riley placed 7th in the nation for triple jump, with a jump of 39' 8½" at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the NYC Armory. She also placed first in the Triple Jump in the NYS competition. Melodee was chosen as the "Track Athlete of the Year" by the US Association of Track and Field. She earned a full athletic scholarship to participate in track at the University of Connecticut.
The Varsity Girls' Basketball team made Riverhead history with their rise to fame as the League III Champions, Suffolk County Class AA Champions, Suffolk County Section XI Champions and (for the first time ever in the history of girls basketball at Riverhead High School) Long Island Champions, and the MSG Varsity #20 Team in the Tri-State Area. The girls ended their historic season with a "Final Four" finish at the Class AA New York State Championship. For the 7th straight year, the RHS Varsity Girls Basketball team was recognized as a N.Y.S. Scholar Athlete Team with a team grade point average this year of 93.1. All of these achievements were recorded in the "Congressional Record" of the NY Legislature. Melodee Riley was named tournament MVP by Section XI. Jalyn Brown was named to the All-Long Island first team and to the Top 50 Best Girls Basketball Players in the State list. Shanice Allen and Melodee Riley were named to the All-Long Island Second Team. Allen, Riley and Kaila-Riane Nazario were named All-League. Brown and Allen made All-County and Riley was named All-Conference.
Kelly Alfano is a senior at Riverhead High School and has been rowing for four years. While competing at the New York State Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY, Kelly was awarded the Al Borghard Memorial Scholarship from the New York State Junior Rowing Association.
Riverhead High School had 2 award winners at the Parrish Art Museum's HS Exhibition: Tanya Rast, who won in drawing, and Kassandra Welz, who won in painting.
Early Fall RHS News
A chronological overview of the news at RHS as it happens.
RHS: COMMENDED STUDENTS FOR THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
RHS Principal David Wicks announced two seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, which places them in the top 5% of those taking the PSAT test. >More
RHS: AP SCHOLARS
Each year in September, the Guidance Department receives a list of students who excelled on their AP courses from the previous year. Thirty-seven RHS students received one of three distinctions on their AP tests. >More
The SENIORS WON "MOST SPIRITED"! (followed by Jrs., Soph., Frosh.) The Homecoming Court was as follows: Duke: Noah Markewitz & Duchess: Maria Dillingham (Freshmen) Lord: Andrew Colletta & Lady: Diana Szalowski (Sophomores) Prince: Nick Keitel & Princess: Gabby Grace (Juniors) King: Anthony Sachitello & Queen: Amy Yaraborough (Seniors The Theme for this year's Homecoming Parade was "Board Games" The Junior Class won "BEST FLOAT" for Scrabble; Seniors won 2nd place for Candy Land; Sophomores won 3rd place with Monopoly; Freshmen won 4th place for Chinese Checkers The Blue Waves won their HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME 43-42 against Half Hollow Hills West and remain undefeated. >More
RHS: JOHN LENNON EDUCATIONAL BUS TOUR
(September 22) The outside of a big blue bus in the parking lot of the ESBOCES H. B. Ward campus bears John Lennon's name and likeness, and the inside of the bus brings grins to the faces of six audio production students when they climb aboard. Surrounded by high tech computer equipment and musical instruments, the students begin to work with two young technical engineers, who travel around the country on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and help bring musical dreams to life. Imagine! >More
RHS: 9/11 COMMEMORATION
RHS Principal David Wicks read the poem, "One", to the entire student body followed by a moment of silence. For nine years following 9/11, and once again this year, the HS hung "its quilt" in the cafeteria for all to see and remember. In the HS Social Studies classes, each teacher taught a lesson related to 9/11. VIDEO: Scott McKillop
RHS: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year. As I begin my second year as superintendent of the RCSD and reflect on my first year, I am proud of the many things we have accomplished. . . While we have much to celebrate, we have much work to accomplish to ensure that all our students are meeting their potential. . . . > More and Slideshow
RHS: MUSICIANS STUDY OVER THE SUMMER
Stephen Peppaceno has been selected to represent RHS in this year's All State Mixed Choir during the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Dec. 1-4 in Rochester, NY. Stephen Peppaceno and Amanda Osborn also participated in the Westminster College of the Arts Summer Vocal Institute, July 3-16th over the summer.
Artists Tanya Rast received a Certificate of Recognition for the LI Arts Alliance.
Sports in the News
S sports as covered in the local newspapers for each season.
All the District News
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Wall of Fame
A summary of student achievement in clubs, sports, and academics.
RHS News Archive
A chronological overview of past RHS news.
A chronological overview of the news from 2007-2008.
The current president is Alice McKillop and the secretary is Georgia Keiffert. If you'd like to contact the RHS PTSO, send an email to email@example.com and come to their meetings. The PTSO meets, typically, on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the RHS Library. >PTO
From a study in EDUCATION NEWS: The data also show that kids with the highest test scores are the most active in afterschool activities. Two-thirds of kids in the top quarter of test takers played sports, for example, compared to less than half in the lowest quarter.
This study has calculated that the odds of attending college were 97 percent higher for youngsters who took part in school-sponsored activities for two years than for those who didn't do any school activities. Three times as many had a GPA of 3.0 or higher; twice as many scored in the top quarter on math and reading tests. And 68 percent expected to get a college degree, compared to 48 percent of kids who weren't.