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Growth Career Round Table Event

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Ninth graders at Center Moriches High School connected with professionals from a variety of industries during the Growth Career Round Table Event on April 18. Fifteen local businesses and organizations engaged with students to answer questions about their respective fields and job qualifications.

Students were grouped together at tables as professionals rotated through every 10 minutes. The ninth graders followed a list of guiding questions about what training or education is required for their job, what everyday skills are used and what advice the professionals would give to someone looking to get into their industry.

Center Moriches High School partnered with CEO Works to host the event. It allowed students to connect their classroom experiences to real-world work opportunities.

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Date Added: 4/19/2024

Top of the Class of 2024

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Center Moriches High School proudly announces Alexandra DeMatteo as the Class of 2024 valedictorian and Tori Rudnick as salutatorian.

Valedictorian Alexandra DeMatteo is a well-rounded student with incredible accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom. DeMatteo’s coursework immerses her in the Advanced Placement curriculum. Her academic excellence led to her involvement in the Foreign Language Honor Society, where she serves as president, the Music Honor Society, where she is secretary, as well as membership to the English, Math, Science and Social Studies Honor Societies. Notably, DeMatteo earned the Seal of Biliteracy after taking Advanced Placement, college level Spanish. Additionally, DeMatteo was the class president in her freshman and junior years. She holds leadership roles in several school clubs including the vocal club and art club. This school year, DeMatteo was selected by the New York State School Music Association as an All-State musician to perform in the 2023 Winter Conference.

Her passion for the fine arts extends outside of Center Moriches High School. DeMatteo is an assistant teacher at the Stage Door School of Dance where she ensures a safe and productive environment for children taking dance. Additionally, she was the original actress in the role of Via in the pre-Broadway workshop of the new musical adaptation of “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.

Salutatorian Tori Rudnick is actively involved in the Center Moriches High School community. Impressively, she is a member of eight honor societies spanning different academic areas including the New York State Science Honor Society, where she serves as vice president, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, where she served as president during her junior year. For the past three years, Rudnick has performed alongside drama club productions as a member of the pit band. She also performs in the symphonic band at the high school. Her musical excellence has earned her positions in selective ensembles throughout her high school career including the All-State Symphonic Band and the NYSCAME Orchestra and Band. Rudnick is also a member of the art club at Center Moriches High School. Her works have been featured in several exhibitions including at the Parrish Museum and Congressional Art Show.

Outside of the classroom, Rudnick dedicates her time to enhancing her skills in the arts. Since 2020, she has been a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. Currently, she plays with the Suffolk Principal Orchestra. Membership to this organization has allowed Rudnick to perform at Carnegie Hall and overseas. Additionally, she has been a dancer for 14 years and takes classes at Royalenova Performing Arts.

The Center Moriches School District congratulates both students on this top academic achievement and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.

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Date Added: 4/16/2024

Robotics Team Touts Successful Season

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The Center Moriches High School robotics team, Infernobotix, had a successful season, ranking third at the Finger Lakes Regional in Rochester, and first out of the teams from Long Island. Prior to that competition, Infernobotix ranked 10th at the South Florida Regional and won the Autonomous Award. The Autonomous Award recognizes the team with the greatest pre-programmed instructions for the driverless period in the first 15 seconds of the match.

This year, the team’s robot had to be designed to shoot 14-inch foam rings into a goal placed seven feet in the air. The team worked together to design the robot with sensors and cameras to be able to shoot from any position with high accuracy. At each competition that Infernobotix participated in, the team stood out for its high accuracy and the wide range of positions the robot was able to score from.

The team’s seniors include President Spencer Buff, President Brendan Connelly, Vice President Jordan Jastrzebski, Secretary Lucas Dias, Nicholas Lyons and Robert Fahie.

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Date Added: 4/3/2024


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Clayton Huey Elementary School students visited Center Moriches High School to collaborate with the Science Honor Society for STEM Day on March 26. Fourth and fifth graders rotated through several hands-on stations led by high school students, focusing on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Stations included Play-Doh making, building solar eclipse models, constructing kaleidoscopes and sound experiments. Additionally, the high school robotics team was on hand to demonstrate how its robot works – a station that seemed to be a crowd favorite.

“My favorite part about STEM Day was the robot and I liked how cool it was and I liked watching throw it into the targets,” said fifth grader Brayden M.

The annual event is an exciting learning opportunity for elementary and high school students alike.

““It was interesting, at least for me and I’m assuming the rest of the high schoolers, to take what they know and what they’re learning in school and find a way to translate that to elementary schoolers. It was just a great opportunity for everyone,” said senior and Science Honor Society member Alexander Babzien.

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Date Added: 3/28/2024

Mental Health Run Series Kicks Off in Center Moriches

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The second annual Using Our Voices Mental Health Run Series kicked off in Center Moriches on March 16. The series of student-run 5K races were created by Center Moriches High School, North Babylon High School and Connetquot High School students as a follow up to P.S. I Love You Day. The races aim to share messages about reducing stress and anxiety and building relationships through physical activity. The first race marked a huge success with more than 300 registrants.

Through planning this event, Center Moriches High School student-leaders are using their voices to promote a positive, healthy culture across Long Island. They are looking forward to collaborating with their peers in organizing the upcoming 5K races.

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Date Added: 3/21/2024