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Suffolk Zone Award Winners

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High school seniors Alexa Fusco and Christian Harty were named recipients of this year’s Suffolk Zone awards. Both students were honored at the annual Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held on Dec. 3 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

The Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presents these awards to one male and one female senior student in Suffolk County who contribute to the overall positive outcomes of their physical education and health classes as well as their school. These students make an outstanding effort to be cooperative, honest, poised, self-confident, attentive, industrious and enthusiastic regarding all classroom activities.

“Alexa and Christian are always working to support the instructional efforts of the class, and are very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Stephen Restivo, East Islip’s director of health, physical education and athletics.

EI Bowlers Demonstrate the Spirit of Giving

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In the spirit of giving, East Islip High School’s boys and girls bowling teams, and coaches Harold Cooley and Judith Fischer, decided to help North Babylon bowling coach Sonny Casale, who recently lost his home to a house fire several weeks ago. 

EI’s bowling community hosted a fundraising event on Dec. 8 at East Islip Lanes which included bowling and a large basket raffle. The two local teams donated a gift basket with $100 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets, which was raffled off as one of the grand prizes, and collected $400 in donations from students for a gift card for Casale, which was presented to him by East Islip team captains Natalie Mavrich and Sonny Pico.

“Coach Cooley and I are very proud of how the kids eagerly responded to help another coach and give so generously of their time and money,” said Fischer.



Yankus Named HOBY Winner

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As his high school’s winner of the 2019-2020 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award, sophomore Johnathan Yankus will represent East Islip at this year’s three-day HOBY New York Metro Leadership Seminar conference. It will be held from June 5-7 at Adelphi University in Garden City. The award honors exceptional leadership and community service.

HOBY is an annual leadership seminar open to sophomore students across America, providing more than 12,000 students the opportunity to spend an exciting weekend at various locations engaging in leadership development activities and seminars. Yankus will attend thanks to a donation from the Lions Club of the Islips, whose representatives Dennis Busch and Eugene Petraitis visited the school to present the student with a check and their congratulations.

Gymnasts Win Sportsmanship Award, Banville Earns All-County

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For the second consecutive year, East Islip High School’s girls gymnastics team won the Suffolk County Sportsmanship Award. Additionally, seventh-grade student-athlete Juliana Banville earned All-County honors.


Four Senior Boys Sign Lax Letters

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Senior boys lacrosse players Nick Agresta, Anthony Carroll, Robert Kreush and Colby Rogers signed national letters of intent on Dec. 5 to continue their sports careers in college next fall.

Agresta, a defenseman and four-year varsity player for East Islip, signed with Wingate University in North Carolina. He plans to major in education.

“Wingate is an overall great fit for me,” Agresta said.

Carroll, who plays defense and long stick midfielder, will play for Hofstra University, where he will major in sports medicine. A member of the varsity lacrosse team since eighth grade, he served as captain and earned All-County status his last two years. A two-sport athlete, he also was named captain and All-County for football in his senior year.

“I liked the practice environment and campus,” Carroll said of Hofstra.

Kreush, a midfielder, signed with SUNY Binghamton, where he plans to study science. A Scholar-Athlete, he earned All-County status in football and All-County honorable mention in lacrosse.

“I liked the high academic standards at Binghamton,” Kreush said.

Rogers, who will play face-off for Jacksonville University, plans to major in nursing.

“I chose Jacksonville for the coaches and the great environment,” he said.

Thursday, December 12, 2019