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Sayville Celebrates Breakfast of Champions - school news - 5/31/2013
Linda Mittiga, Sayville Schools Public Relations

Twenty Sayville High School students were recognized for good character and integrity at the Spring Breakfast of Champions ceremony which included guests from Sayville Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and relatives in the celebration.

These students were singled out for consistently demonstrating qualities of kindness, motivation, compassion, enthusiasm, diligence, and good citizenship beyond the classroom or athletic field or who achieved their personal best by striving to overcome major obstacles. Sayville High School teachers and staff nominated them for their positive conduct which has made a difference and provided the essential components for a successful High School Community.

After the staff expressed their appreciation of each recipient, each student received a Breakfast of Champions certificate and plaque created with their portrait on a Wheaties Box background.

In addition this year, Peer Leadership students were recognized and certificates were presented to “a group of amazing young women,” Student Assistance Counselor Martha J. Kahan, L.C.S.W announced, speaking on behalf of the PPS staff. These students “not only volunteered to conduct classroom presentations on suicide prevention, but when faced with the tragic death of one of our 9th graders just about a month ago, rushed to assist us with the over one-hundred students who came to mourn the loss of their classmate. These young women, without particular training or preparation, rushed down to our offices that Monday morning and used their instinct to talk, hug,cry with and listen to their younger peers.”

“And although their names were submitted too late to be on a Wheaties Box,” Ms. Kahan continued, “we hope they know that they were and always will be our Lucky Charms!”

Superintendent Dr. Walter Schartner along with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Geraldine Sullivan Keck, Assistant Superintendent for Business John Belmonte, and Food Service Director Linda Horrigan enjoyed hearing the accolades about the honored students.

Breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, bagels, and pancakes along with assorted beverages, all provided by 21 Main Restaurant, West Sayville, ensured that satisfaction of spirit was followed by a satisfying morning meal. Special thanks go to Assistant Principal Brian Decker who organized the event, Jillian Makris who hosted the morning ceremony, the technology department for making the plaques, and Mr. Ari Kramer and his chamber students who provided the soothing musical ambiance.


1. Kaleigh Acevedo
2. Amanda Bonkoski
3. Alexander Bortzfield
4. Jacaueline Johnson
5. Olivia Kaczmarek
6. Victoria Keghlian
7. Sean Lorthioir
8. Dylan McManus
9. Jamie Meere
10. Jenna Meere
11. Erin Murphy
12. Brian Novak
13. Caroline Pace
14. Alyssa Racioppi
15. Jake Rubenstein
16. Michael Santiago
17. Andrew Schneider
18. Katherine VanDorn
19. Christine Ward
20. Cassandra Wilson

Peer Leadership students who were honored at Breakfast of Champions:

1. Sam Schenkel
2. Allie Petillo
3. Melina Guida
4. Ariana Duque
5. Kate Farrell
6. Gina Palumbo
7. Kaleigh McKenna
8. Kim Miller
9. Adriana Richardson
10. Cella Craine (absent that day)
11. Paige Becker
12. Krista Becker
13. Heather Mannkopf


Linda Mittiga
Sayville Public Schools
Public Relations
(631) 244-6514

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