East Meadow High School celebrated its scholars during Senior Scholarship Night at the school’s auditorium on June 14.
The evening kicked off with the Hall of Distinction induction ceremony, which honors exceptional alumni for their accomplishments in either their individual fields of endeavor or their contributions to the broader community. They serve as role models for East Meadow’s current students. This year, Ms. Patricia Burnside, Class of 1979 and Mr. John Scerbo, Class of 1980 were inducted.
“Throughout her 36 years in the East Meadow School District, Patty has been a teacher, coach and volunteer who has dedicated her career to positively impacting the lives of young adults,” Mr. Howard said. “She is a true humanitarian and pioneer in women’s athletics. Patty’s athletic career has spanned the globe at both the college and national level for softball, volleyball and team handball.”
Mr. Howard also highlighted Mr. Scerbo’s contributions to the East Meadow community. “Throughout the course of his 28 years at East Meadow High School, John has been a dedicated educator who is beloved by his students,” Mr. Howard said. “His knowledge of and passion for cabinetry is infectious and has inspired his students to pursue cabinet making as both their course of study and career interests. Referred to as having ‘Hands of Gold’ by his colleagues, John’s influences and lasting mark have been left at every turn throughout the halls of East Meadow High School.”
The remainder of the evening was the celebration of exemplary seniors. More than 200 awards and scholarships were given to these outstanding students. Some of these awards included the County Executive Bruce Blakeman Academic Excellence and Community Service Award, presented by County Legislator Steven Rhoads.
The Kiwanis Club of East Meadow awarded scholarships to three deserving seniors, and the East Meadow Council of PTA’s, East Meadow High School PTSA, Woodland Middle School PTSA, and elementary school PTA’s awarded numerous scholarships as well. Seniors Maurice Myers and Alexis Solis received the New York State Triple “C” Award, honoring them for courage, character and commitment. The night also included the presentation of an Army ROTC Scholarship to Kaylyn Lim and the announcement of the appointment of Alexander Schwartz to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Additionally, Woodland Middle School student Kellen Skoros launched his own scholarship, the Kellen Kicks Tocs Scholarship. Kellen has Tourette Syndrome and started awareness pages on several social media platforms to educate and raise awareness of Tourette Syndrome. This scholarship is going to be awarded every year to an East Meadow High School senior that is a good person, someone that does good deeds while nobody is looking. This is Kellen’s way of spreading kindness and good deeds throughout the community.
East Meadow’s Senior Scholarship Night was the culmination of all the students’ hard work and commitment to East Meadow High School and the community. The ceremony was filled with great energy and excitement and the district wishes these students the brightest of futures.
Date Added: 6/17/2022