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OBHS Students Earn Nassau Zone Physical Education Awards


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Oyster Bay High School’s Nassau Zone Award recipients Miriam Coor and Bianca McEvoy.

Oyster Bay High School seniors Miriam Coor and Bianca McEvoy were named recipients of the 2020-21 Physical Education Outstanding Student Award presented by the Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD). The award recognizes two students from each Nassau County school district who demonstrate excellence in physical education and health, and emulate the values and attitudes these disciplines teach in meaningful and impactful ways.

“Bianca and Miriam were chosen by members of the high school health and physical education faculty because of the way they approach physical education as an academic discipline where they are given opportunities to play and move while learning life-long lessons,” said Mr. Kevin Trentowski, the District’s Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics. “Their healthy lifestyles in and out of school, responsible personal and social behavior, leadership skills, and positive influence on their peers were all contributing factors.”

Both Miriam and Bianca are big proponents of exercise and fitness. Both have taken Oyster Bay High School’s Exercise Science class, which is a college credit physical education class for students who push themselves academically in a physical education setting. Outside of the classroom, Miriam has been a member of the crew team throughout her high school career and has been training with the Oak Neck Rowing Academy to polish her skills.

Bianca is a cheerleader in every sense of the word. She has helped the varsity squad go to Nationals in Orlando, Fl for the first time in the team’s history and is known for her ability and patience in helping younger members of the team. Bianca, who is legally blind and was featured for her athletic tumbling skills on News12 and CBS News last year, was recently informed that she has made Team USA for Paralympic Cheerleading, taking her skills to a new level. Bianca is also a member of the high school’s Student-Athlete Leadership Program (SALP), which consists of junior and senior student-athletes who participate in a unique training program focused on self-esteem, substance abuse prevention, sportsmanship, civility, bullying and teasing.

Students were recognized during a virtual awards presentation, Dec. 7 and will receive a medal and certificate by mail.

Nassau Zone President Henry Opperman said in his opening remarks, “Your physical education teachers thought you were the best of the best, not only because of your physical ability, but because of your integrity, leadership, and personal and social responsibility.”

The presentation also gave students the opportunity to voice how physical education has impacted their lives. “The skills I learned in physical education helped me both in my athletic and academic endeavors,” Miriam said. “Physical education has led me to improve my communication skills and become a better teammate within my sport,” Bianca added. “Not only has it educated me, but it provided me with opportunities to educate others.”       

Nassau Zone Past President Mr. Charlie Rizzuto, who teaches health and physical education at Oyster Bay High School, closed the ceremony with advice for the honorees. “You won this award for who you are, who you are becoming and what you do for those around you,” Mr. Rizzuto said. “When you go back to your schools, be a leader. Recognize why you were chosen for this award and be that person in physical education, in other classes, in the hallways and in your community. Advocate for everything that physical education embodies. Advocate for those positive qualities for the rest of your life.”