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The Clipper has uploaded the student speeches given during the 2013 commencement ceremony.
Valedictorian, salutatorian, and essayist look forward to outstanding futures
By LINDSEY SMITH ‘15
Graduation is upon us, which means that it is time to recognize the achievements of the students in the Class of 2013. The three highest academic achieving students in the senior class will be speaking at graduation: Essayist Emily Hoff ’13, Salutatorian Emily Martinez ’13, and finally Valedictorian Liza O’Connor ’13.
These three ladies all have very impressive GPAs, but what truly makes them such excellent students is how incredibly involved they are in their interests in and out of school. All three girls display incredible passion and drive, which has and will continue to lead to their success.
Class of 2013 actors and singers set the stage for future success
By THALIA NUNEZ ‘13
This year, Bellport High School will say good-bye to the 2013 seniors’ theater cast. Many of the senior theater students have been involved in school productions for many years.
This year, the senior students performed in the musical “Pippin”, the drama “Fools” and the variety show “New York City”. Students typically rehearsed every weekday for three hours a day. The last production of their career, the variety show, was performed April 26-27.
The junior class enjoys their fancy night out
By AMELIA VEITCH ’14
The festive atmosphere was wonderful at this year’s Cotillion, a tradition celebrated to show the seniority achieved with every grade. Everyone dressed up in formal attire to attend the end of year event organized by the junior class. The overall occasion was really well organized and fun was had by all.
Before the official cotillion began, juniors and their dates met up with friends for pictures. Female students showcased their gowns, many of which had been carefully chosen months beforehand, and males sported suits or tuxedos to accompany their dates to the dance.
Lesly Mejia’s eyes opened after a missionary trip to El Salvador
By LESLY MEJIA ‘13
Teens in today’s society don’t understand the worth of a dollar. I’m sure we’ve all heard our parents say, “Do you think I’m made of money?” In reality, teens act as though that is true. We are never content with what we have; we’re always looking to have more and more.
My parents have always told me to be thankful for what I have and for my health because we have these things today but we never know if we’ll have them tomorrow. I always thought about this but never really put it to practice until I saw what it’s like to suffer and not know what will possibly occur the next day.
By GINA MARIE FALK ‘14
Generally, I am one of those people who would prefer to wait for a novel to come out in paperback before purchasing it, but this book was different. The moderately thick hardcover caught my eye amongst the rather trite examples of young adult literature, and I found myself intrigued by the succinct-yet-enthralling synopsis on the inside of the front cover. Upon bringing it home and reading the book over the course of the next week, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs proved to be just as interesting inside as it was on the outside.
Student speaks out against school policy of 55 being the lowest possible grade to “earn”
By KENNEDY ROSE ‘15
In the South Country Central School District, specifically in Bellport High School, students are taught responsibility as a main virtue of life. The ‘Character Counts!’ pillars, go back as far back as I can remember. They explicitly state that one should take responsibility for one’s actions. The grading system of this high school greatly contrasts the accountability we are expected to have for any and all decisions we make. If getting a 55 as a lowest possible marking period grade isn’t a break in this responsibility we hold in such high esteem, I don’t know what is.
Mac Lab grows mold keeping students away
By AMELIA VEITCH ‘14
Earlier in the school year students have noticed that one of the art classrooms was closed off for a couple of weeks in early February. This shutting down of the Mac lab was caused by the discovery of mold in the room. Teachers and some students were coughing and sneezing in the art room and noticed with a smell. The art department soon put the signs together and found that there was something wrong.
They believe that the mold was caused by a steam leak in the room next to the Mac lab. After the moisture was introduced to the Mac lab it got onto the walls and under floor. Unfortunately the mold was probably there for quite some time before it was discovered and removed. The mold had spread on the floors and walls and had even started to affect the classroom to the left of the Mac lab.
By MADISON BURBOL ’16
My first year at the high school is finally over. I can’t believe how quickly it happened. What amazed me most about my time at this school is how much I was able to get involved and become friends with people who shared my passions.