Nineteen students from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District were named Kids of Distinction by Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan during the Third Annual Kids of Distinction Awards Ceremony held virtually, Feb. 25. The honor, given to 38 outstanding students in Nassau County’s northern Legislative District 18, recognizes students who excel in athletics, academics, and community service, as well as those who are all-around standouts.
Amelia Hahn Katherine Pinnock Kevin Biggiani Matthew Carlinsky Samantha Myers Julia Noboa Audrey Underberg
Those honored from Oyster Bay High School were seniors Amelia Hahn and Katherine Pinnock, juniors Kevin Biggiani and Matthew Carlinsky, and eighth-graders Samantha Myers, Julia Noboa, and Audrey Underberg.
Elise Kim Chase Lordi Kaela Miley Peter Sapienza Tate Baehr Joseph Brienza Kaitlynn Chang
Winners from James H. Vernon School included sixth-graders Elise Kim, Chase Lordi, Kaela Miley, and Peter Sapienza, and third-graders Tate Baehr, Joseph Brienza, Kaitlynn Chang, Ali Khalfan, Liliana McEvoy, and Jancarlos Moran. Recognized from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School were first-grader Marielle Vasquez and kindergartener Mariela Altamirano.
Ali Khalfan Liliana McEvoy Jancarlos Moran Marielle Vasquez Mariela Altamirano
Speaking at the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni noted the growth in the Kids of Distinction program since its inception in 2019 when five students from the district were proudly recognized. “Today, I am proud to say that 19 of our students, from Kindergarten to grade 12, have been selected as Kids of Distinction. In a district as small as ours, 19 is a big number and makes this achievement even more special. I want to thank Legislator Lafazan for providing this platform to recognize the talents and character of our students, and congratulate all of our winners for being shining examples of excellence.”