Students excel at Long Island Regional Trade Show and Business Plan Competition
Students in the Virtual Enterprise class at Miller Place High School recently excelled at the Long Island Regional Trade Show and Business Plan Competition. Students worked in groups to showcase their businesses, each of which generated over $100,000 in sales and won multiple awards throughout the competition.
“Our Virtual Enterprise students did an amazing job and were part of a very successful field trip. Everyone who participated represented Miller Place with pride and enthusiasm and exceptional skill,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie. “Congratulations to all of the students who participated at the trade show for the professionalism and passion they demonstrated while promoting their ideas to investors.”
Student CEO Lindsey Galligan and student COO Grace Flammia presented their company Fits4Fans, a celebrity-inspired clothing line with a goal of boosting the confidence and styles of their customers. The company had a successful trade show and placed gold in multiple categories, including “LI Regional Trade Show Sales Material Competition” and “LI Regional Trade Show Best Booth Competition.” The company saw 90 sales transactions and generated over $100,000 in sales.
Student CEO Jake Ryan and student COO Lucas Damon ran Memory Lane Toy Co., a retro toy store that sold rare and exclusive toys from across past generations. The company aimed to combat the negative effects of social media and overstimulation of technology by providing a means of re-engaging in real world play and connections. The toy firm placed gold in the category of “Booth Design,” silver in the “Newsletter Competition,” and silver in the “Sales Pitch Competition.” The company generated over $170,000 in sales and showcased exceptional networking skills with their fellow entrepreneurs.
Technology LLC AI Aid, led by student CEO John Leen and student COO Samuel Cangelosi, sought to assist individuals through the implication of AI. They placed gold in the category of “LI Regional Trade Show Best Booth Competition” and silver in “LI Regional Sales Pitch Competition.” The company brought in $105,609 in sales presented their business plan to judges for a chance to advance to the next level of Virtual Enterprise competition.
Students honored for exceptional character and academic excellence
Miller Place High School recently recognized a group of outstanding students at its 23rd annual OAK (Outstanding Acts of Kindness) and OAR (Outstanding Academic Recognition) ceremony. Students were recommended by staff members for performing inspiring acts of kindness or demonstrating excellent work ethic in their classes.
“Students chosen to be honored at our OAK and OAR ceremony have shown exemplary behavior through their compassion and kindness or through remarkable academic progress and performance,” said Superintendent of Schools Mr. Seth Lipshie. “They represent our community with outstanding pride and are excellent role models for their peers. We are so proud to honor them at our OAK and OAR ceremony.”
OAK award recipients are recommended for performing gestures of kindness and displaying compassion without expecting anything in return. OAR award recipients are recommended for achieving academic excellence by maintaining high scores, improving their scores or taking harder courses and rising to educational challenges that may be outside of their comfort zone.
Marc Lindemann is named a Newsday Top 10 Boys Fencer, Michael Giugliano and Brian Schreck are named Newsday Top 100 Wrestlers
Three Miller Place High School student athletes were recently recognized by Newsday for their achievements throughout the 2023-2024 season. Marc Lindemann was named a Newsday Top 10 Boys Fencer and Michael Giugliano and Brian Schreck were named Newsday Top 100 Wrestlers.
“Being named a Newsday top athlete is an incredible achievement and we’re so proud of Marc Lindemann, Michael Giugliano and Brian Schreck. This is a testament to the dedication, hard work and passion they each display in their athletic careers,” said Superintendent of Schools Mr. Seth Lipshie.
It didn’t take Marc Lindemann long to make an impact on the combined Miller Place/Newfield Fencing team by winning the Suffolk individual foil title as a freshman. He had a 33-1 record to accompany his place on Newsday’s All-Long Island team.
Michael Giugliano was a Suffolk Division I champion at 132 pounds. The Buffalo commit was sixth at the state tournament. Brian Schreck took fourth place in Suffolk Division I at 145 pounds.
North Country Road Middle School students shine at the Brookhaven National Lab’s math tournament
A group of North Country Road Middle School students represented the Miller Place School District with pride at the recent MoMathlon middle school math tournament at Brookhaven National Lab.
“The District is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to participate in academic competitions like MoMathlon. This allows them to have an exciting day competing against students from different schools in an educational environment at Brookhaven National Lab,” said Superintendent of School Seth Lipshie.
Students tested their math skills and showcased their strong teamwork throughout three rounds of problems, including “Individual,” “Team,” and “Mix-Up.” The day was filled with learning, as expert educators led solution discussions alongside brain teasers and warm-up activities.
NCRMS teachers Nicholas Corleto, Deana DeRosa, Corinne D’Andrea, and Maureen Radday led the group of students and prepared them to shine at the tournament. The District congratulates all the students who participated for showing incredible mathematical prowess and team spirit.
Nine students were selected for the 13th annual winter exhibition and one Miller Place High School Student was awarded first place
Miller Place High School sophomore Maya Murphy was awarded first place at the Suffolk County Community College’s 13th annual High School Exhibition at its Sagtikos Art Gallery. This is a very prestigious award. Maya’s sculpture “Noise” was chosen by the faculty of the Suffolk County Community College Art Department to be the first-place winner. The exhibition involved many school districts and very talented high school students.
A total of nine Miller Place High School students were chosen to have their artwork displayed at Suffolk Community College’s 13th annual High School Art Exhibition at its Sagtikos Art Gallery. Joining Maya Murphy who were also featured included Senior Patrick Milord, Junior Mia Amundsen, Sophomore Amelia Avalos, Junior Samantha Selfridge, Senior Mary Duffy, Senior Gisela Killary, Junior Gavin Sanfilippo, Senior Emma Rosequist.
“These students are deserving of this honor and platform to showcase their incredible work,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie. “They represented Miller Place with pride and demonstrated a remarkable and diverse selection of high-quality artwork. We congratulate them on their amazing achievement.”
The Sagtikos Art Gallery, on the Michael J. Grant campus in Brentwood, regularly showcases exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art, photography and craft by local artists. It regularly hosts high school exhibitions to recognize the talent and diversity of artists at local high schools. For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, visit www.millerplaceinthemedia.com and ‘like’ our Facebook page.
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School launches new program to encourage students to read
Miller Place School District’s Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently launched a new initiative called the Million Word Challenge. Designed to foster a love and appreciation of reading, the Million Word Challenge tasks students with setting reading goals with their classes and documenting their progress. The LADSBS School Improvement Team initiated participation in the program, which will continue through March 1st and award the class that reaches one million words first. The school recently held an assembly to introduce the rules and incentives of the Million Word Challenge. The assembly even featured a visit from Panther Bob, the District’s mascot.
“The Million Word Challenge is a program that we have in place to inspire and encourage our students to explore the world of literature and become better readers,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie. “We aim to foster a lifelong love for reading, while teaching students about the importance of setting goals.”
During the challenge, students can meet with teachers and librarians to find book recommendations tailored to their interests and reading level. Teachers will also encourage students to discuss the books they are reading with their families. As students read, they will document their progress in a reading log and share their thoughts and reflections on each book with their classmates. Students can view the progress made by each class, which will be displayed on a large bulletin board outside of the school’s main office.
At the end of the challenge, the school will host a special reading celebration to honor the achievements of all students. The class that reads the most words will also receive a special prize.
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School contributes to Beyond the Badge’s fifth annual Cards for Cops
Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently took park in the fifth annual Cards for Cops program, run by the local nonprofit Beyond the Badge. As part of the initiative, students created holiday cards for local law enforcement officers, thanking thank them for their service.
“We’re very proud of our students for showing their appreciation to local law enforcement officers,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie.
Beyond the Badge is a New York nonprofit dedicated to providing mental health resources and suicide prevention awareness among law enforcement. Through its Cards for Cops initiative, the nonprofit partners with local schools and community groups to give children a chance to extend their appreciation to law enforcement. The goal is that a sweet gesture from a child could inspire and restore the spirit of many officers who put themselves on the frontlines every day, both physically and mentally.
Miller Place school installs sensory spaces for students to re-center
Andrew Muller Primary School in the Miller Place School District recently introduced for all students a sensory hallway with resources and interactive stations. The sensory hallway supports mental health and social emotional wellness by providing a safe space for students to refocus their energy.
“Our sensory hallway at Andrew Muller Primary School supports students with sensory sensitivity and students who need movement breaks,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie. “Students can use the spaces to release energy, allowing them to better focus on schoolwork, and optimize learning.
The sensory hallway includes various activities and spaces where students can focus on sensory development and needs. Students may also practice mindfulness exercises by engaging in activities related to sight, hearing, smell, touch, balance and movement.
Schools host food drives for local pantries and families in the community
Students and staff throughout the Miller Place School District worked together this Thanksgiving season to host several food drives helping families in need throughout their community.
“As a District, we’re so proud of the dedication and efforts our students and staff put forth to support our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie.
Andrew Muller Primary School parent Ryan Jones, the owner of Chubs Meats butcher shop and catering company, donated turkeys. Students donated non-perishable food items and gift cards to the school’s collection efforts. SCOPE Behavior Counselor Corien Bologna delivered the donations throughout the community, bringing Thanksgiving meals to seven local families.
Students at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School helped stock a local food pantry through their Thanksgiving food drive. Each grade was assigned a different list of foods to donate. Thanks to their generosity they were able to provide local families who may be facing food insecurity with the necessary items to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
North Country Road Middle School is home to a food pantry that serves those in need in the community throughout the school year. Donations to the pantry included gift cards that are used to purchase specific items for the holiday such as turkeys, yams and stuffing. The District’s student behavior counselors, Marissa Prager and Jeanine Pedersen, worked with members of the Student Government to prepare Thanksgiving meals and distribute them throughout the community. The District thanks the behavior counselors
The Miller Place High School National Honor Society led a Thanksgiving Food Drive with their peers to support local families in need. Homerooms competed against each other, donating non-perishable food items. Mr. Sztabnik’s Period 1 class donated the most food and was rewarded with a bagel breakfast. Thanks to the efforts of each class, the District was able to fully stock the Miller Place High School food pantry and provide food for seven families in the community. The donations will also go toward helping families throughout the December holidays as well.
District Office held a fundraiser of its own, raising $775. The Business Office staff purchased various food items to donate to help stock the local Saint Louis de Montfort Food Distribution Center, the North Country Road Middle School Food Pantry and the Miller Place High School Food Pantry. For more information about the Miller Place School District, please visit the District’s website at www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. To read more about the great things happening in Miller Place schools, visit www.millerplaceinthemedia.com and ‘like’ our Facebook page.
Panthers place second at Suffolk Country Championships
The Miller Place High School Boys Cross Country Team have been racing to victory throughout their fall season. They finished the season as Team Divisional Champions and placed second overall in Class B Suffolk County Championships.
“I’d like to congratulate our high school boys cross country team for putting in such hard work and dedication all season. Their efforts have paid off and they represent their community with pride every time they compete,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie.
The team competed in the Suffolk County Championships/New York State Qualifier at Sunken Meadow State Park, clinching second place in the Section 11 Class B 5,000-meter race with a combined time of 64. Senior James Loughlin led the team by finishing in ninth place out of 61 runners with a final time of 17:46.51.