OBHS Seniors Win Nassau Zone Awards
Oyster Bay High School seniors Jacqueline Romanelli and Gregory Wulffen Jr. were named recipients of the 2019-20 Physical Education Outstanding Student Award presented by the Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award recognizes two students from each Nassau County district that demonstrate excellence in physical education and health.
Students accepted their awards during a recent ceremony at the Crest Hollow County Club hosted by Oyster Bay High School’s own health and physical education teacher Mr. Charles Rizzuto, who was elected Nassau Zone President in Nov. 2018 for a two-year term.
“Our Zone Award winners are leaders for their peers and shining examples of living healthy lifestyles not only in their actions but in their attitude and their influence on others,” Mr. Rizzuto said. “I am especially proud to present this award to Greg and Jackie who have gone the extra mile to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make a positive impact on their peers and rising students.”
Both Gregory and Jacqueline are members of Oyster Bay High School’s Student-Athlete Leadership Program (SALP), which consists of 11th and 12th grade student-athletes who participate in a unique training program focused on self-esteem, substance abuse prevention, sportsmanship, civility, bullying and teasing. SALP members serve as positive role models for younger students by participating in training and conducting presentation for 5th and 6th grade students.
Greg is also a founding member of Students Against Vaping and E-Cigarettes (SAVE), an 11-member group committed to helping students access information about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. He is member of the varsity bowling team and junior varsity cross country. Jacqueline plays attack for girls’ varsity lacrosse and defense for girls’ varsity soccer.
According to Mr. Kevin Trentowski, Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, Greg and Jacqueline were selected for the award by the Oyster Bay High School Health and Physical Education Department for meeting the following criteria: excellence in exhibiting a healthy lifestyle in and out of school, demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship; demonstrating leadership and being a positive influence on their peers, and valuing a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning.