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Hats Off to the Babylon High School Class of 2020

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Babylon High School recently honored its exceptional Class of 2020 with a series of four graduation ceremonies. On June 26, all 135 members of the graduating class gathered on the school’s football field for a “Senior Farewell.” Wearing masks and separated by six feet in all directions, the seniors listened to a reflection by senior class president Madaline Graham, a greeting from principal Al Cirone, speeches by salutatorian Katherine Hannon and valedictorian Anna Romero Mejia, and a farewell address by math teacher Frank Mancuso, for whom the students had voted to speak. Due to Governor Cuomo’s 150-person capacity limit for graduations, only students were permitted to attend, but the event was live streamed so that proud families could watch from home.

On June 27, BHS held three diploma conferment ceremonies, during which the names of all graduates were announced. Each session included 45 students, each of whom were allowed two guests. Graduates left these ceremonies with their tassels on the left side of their caps and as official BHS alumni.

The Babylon Union Free School District congratulates the entire Class of 2020 on their achievements, as well as their perseverance during an unconventional end to their high school careers. The district wishes the graduates great success and fulfillment in the future and is confident that they will make positive contributions as they advance to the next chapter.

School of Distinction

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School was recently named a School of Distinction by New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The school earned this honor as a result of 100% of its varsity teams qualifying for and receiving the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. “We are so proud of our student-athletes who are able to balance academic responsibilities and athletic passions so well,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi. “Congratulations to all teams who helped our school earn this designation!”

Biliteracy in Babylon

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Babylon Union Free School District congratulates Babylon High School students Anna Romero Mejia, Anthony Rotondaro, Jack Hoffman, Katherine Hannon, Nicole Santucci, Noah Kowalewsky and Oscar Berrios, all of whom have earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. This designation recognizes graduating seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.

According to Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi, “The students who earned this special designation committed to pursuing foreign language study at the highest levels. We are so proud of their efforts and our partnership with NYS on offering this special designation.” District Director of Guidance Services, Dennis Murphy, added “Having the ability to communicate in multiple languages can open many doors and may provide our students with both educational and professional opportunities in the future.”

Kindergarten Counsel

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As our Babylon High School seniors gear up for graduation, their kindergarten friends took some time to impart their words of wisdom. Watch this video to see what the kindergartners had to say!

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognized

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Babylon Union Free School District is proud to announce that seniors Anna Romero Mejia and Katherine Hannon have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2019-20 academic school year, respectively. Both students earned these honors by way of their exceptional academic records, commitment to success and diligent work ethic throughout their high school careers.

According to Principal Al Cirone, valedictorian Anna Romero Mejia “is open-minded and loves to be challenged,” adding that she “is right and left brained; she has a mathematical mind but is also extremely artistic and creative.” On top of her many achievements during the academic years, Romero Mejia has also spent her summers in meaningful ways, volunteering at Camp Good Grief, a camp for children who have lost loved ones, and participating in University of Chicago’s three-week physics program. Romero Mejia will attend Brown University in the fall, studying physics on a full scholarship through the prestigious QuestBridge award.

Of salutatorian Katherine Hannon, Cirone said, “Her passions lie in the field of social studies as she is intrigued by world policy and is always exploring ways to better the world in which we live.” As a sophomore, Hannon traveled to Spain to volunteer with Diverbo Global, teaching English to Spanish-speaking children. As a junior, she qualified as a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. She also independently taught herself the AP Comparative Government curriculum, a course that is not offered at BJSHS, and scored a perfect 5 on the accompanying AP exam. Come fall, Hannon will attend Washington and Lee University, majoring in economics.

The district wholeheartedly congratulates both students on their incredible accomplishments and is confident that they will continue to achieve great success in their post-high school lives. Superintendent of schools Linda J. Rozzi says, “Both young women have been wonderful ambassadors of Babylon Junior-Senior High School. They will now take their talents into the world after graduation as they continue to represent us as proud Babylon alumni.”
Wednesday, August 05, 2020