School News: Pierson Elects Officers, Lions Award Scholarships

Students at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center practice yoga during after-hours at the East Hampton-based school. Photo courtesy of EWECC

Eleanor Whitmore Hosts Open House

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton, held an open house on Tuesday, June 5, for families of children in the Springs School District who will enter the district’s pre-kindergarten program this fall at the Center.

This year’s pre-kindergarteners will take a field trip on Friday, June 15 to the Children’s Museum of the East End. Swim classes at the YMCA East Hampton RECEnter continue through next week for pre-kindergarten children.

Yoga classes continue for pre-kindergarteners attending EWECC’s aftercare program, during the after-school hours. For more information, visit

Pierson Middle-High School Elects Student Council Officers

Kelly Kinsella and Graham DiLorenzo were elected Pierson’s student council president and vice president, respectively, during elections on Thursday in which students used Suffolk County voting machines for school elections for the first time. “That way, we could all learn to vote, because we all wanted to learn and we weren’t sure. Everyone’s saying, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so official,’” said senior Payton Yardley, the outgoing Student Council president. A total of 170 students between the eighth and 11th grades voted in the elections, which were previously done on paper and were hand-counted. Other officers elected last week included Phoebe Miller as secretary and Reilly Rose Schombs as treasurer.

Henry Rotermund of the Suffolk County Board of Elections helps Pierson freshman Sebastian Ramirez feed his ballot into the machine that tallies ballots. Christine Sampson photo

Sag Harbor Lions Award Annual Scholarhips

The Sag Harbor Lions Club Scholarship Committee announced last week that Thomas Brooks has been awarded the club’s annual $2,500 scholarship. Isabella DiRussa and Ava Kiss will receive awards of $1,500 each. All three are Pierson High School graduating seniors.

The winners will be awarded their scholarship checks, and certificates at the Lions Club’s Scholarship Awards Dinner at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor on July 25.

Lion Mark Poitras, the chairman of the Scholarship Committee, said he was impressed with the number of applications received this year. “There are those that believe that the club should bundle the scholarship funds into one larger award,” said Lion President Steven Espach. “It’s fundamental to our Scholarship Committee that, as a service organization, we congratulate multiple students demonstrating an exemplary level of community service and exhibiting the highest level of academic rigor to share our awards.”

Financial support for the scholarship program is raised and allotted annually from three fundraising events the Lions Club holds in our community each year: Andy’s Run for a Guide Dog 5K; The Christmas Tree Sale; and the St. Patrick’s Dinner, along with private donations from community members.  If you wish to support our scholarship program, visit

 Second Graders Support the Food Pantry

Sag Harbor Elementary School second-graders, including Maryellen LeClerc’s class, learned more about the importance of giving during a walking field trip to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, located in Old Whalers’ Church. As part of the service-learning outing, the students brought donations to the pantry and heard from volunteers on what they do and how food donations are distributed to those in need. Photo courtesy Sag Harbor School District

AIA Peconic Announces Student Scholarships

The 2018 AIA Peconic Scholarship Chair, Richard Sheckman AIA, and committee members Chrostopher DiSunno AIA and Michael Brown AIA, announced this week the organization has awarded $7,500 in merit and financial aid scholarships to several East End students.

AIA Peconic is a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

This 2018 class of scholarship winners represent high schools from several of the East End communities and the students are matriculated with colleges and universities. Scholarship winners include Eitan Albukrek, an East Hampton High School student attending Tulane University in New Orleans; Leo Ellis, a graduate of Bishop McGann in Riverhead attending Catholic University of America; Nicholas Kolb, a Hampton Bays High School graduate attending Roger Williams University; and Alexa White, a Westhampton High School graduate attending the University of Maryland.

The funds for this Scholarship Program are raised through the proceeds of the AIA Peconic Golf and Dinner Event which is open to the public and will take place on September 11, 2018 at the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island. Reservation forms and additional information can be found on the AIA Peconic website, A portion of this scholarship fund was provided by AIA Component Scholarship grant from AIA National.

Honors For Local Students

Several local students were recipients of Dean’s and President’s list honors at their respective universities for the spring semester.

Theodore Conklin, of Sag Harbor, has earned Dean’s List honors from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. Dylan Camacho, of Sag Harbor, was named to the President’s List at the State University of New York at Geneseo for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester.

Harvey Graduates from University of San Diego

Drew Harvey, a Sag Harbor resident, graduated from the University of San Diego on May 27. Mr. Harvey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the university.

A Zoo-Tastic Performance at Sag Harbor Elementary School

Wearing brightly colored costumes, Sag Harbor Elementary School kindergartners entertained an audience of family and friends with an original performance of “Going to the Zoo” on June 1. The show, which the students had practiced during the course of several weeks, featured a menagerie of singing, dancing and acting zookeepers, giraffes, zebras, leopards, gorillas, monkeys, penguins and peacocks. Photo courtesy Sag Harbor School District