School News: Pierson Garden Club, Bellone Recognizes Students, Scholarships Available

Sixth graders Anabelle Roussel and Olivia Roussel enjoyed preparing the garden beds for spring. Photo courtesy of Sag Harbor School District

Pierson Garden Club Plants The Seeds for a Spring Harvest

On April 30, Sag Harbor’s Pierson Middle/High School Garden Club gathered in the Pierson Courtyard with mentors and teachers, including Charlie Freij and William Raney, to prepare garden beds for a spring harvest. The group planted strawberries in straw bales, poured soil into raised beds previously constructed during their technology classes, and planted vegetable seedlings for a spring harvest.

Mr. Freij said the club was founded this year with the goal of establishing a garden at the Pierson Middle/High School. The group’s next steps include adorning a school wall with succulents and constructing seating in the Courtyard.

Local Youth Recognized by Suffolk County Executive

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau announced this week that Christopher Ernst won the Suffolk County Executives Youth Achievement Award. Christopher also won an additional award for Leadership. The Southampton Town Youth Bureau also recognized Keeley Lennon of Hampton Bays who was nominated by Suffolk County P.A.L., and Alanah Johnson of Bridgehampton, who was nominated by the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. Both were also given awards for Youth Achievement. In addition, Keeley won an award for Citizenship.  The three were recognized along with 23 other youth from across Suffolk County who were honored at the City On a Hill Community Church in Middle Island on Wednesday, May 1.

Hampton Library Scholarship Applications Due May 15

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will accept applications for the Amy F. Wahl Memorial Scholarship through May 15. The $1,000 scholarship is for students graduating from high school who reside in Bridgehampton or Sagaponack and plan to continue their formal education. In addition to being a resident in the Hampton Library library district, applicants must also possess a valid Hampton Library card and have attended any secondary school, either public or private. Interested students should email a 700 to 1,000 word essay in pdf format answering the question, “What one book has had the greatest impact on you and should be on every teen’s shelf?” The essays style, content, grammar and vocabulary will be considered. Students should include their name, contact information and the name of their high school in the body of the email, which should be sent to

Eleanor Whitmore Will Participate in Spring Street Fair

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center will participate in the East Hampton Village spring street fair on Saturday, May 11 with a booth offering activities and information for children and families.

The “Healthy Food for Life” program, presented to the Center’s children and families in conjunction with the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton, began this week. The month-long program highlights healthy eating choices, with food preparation, tastings, and other activities that model nutritious and delicious menu items.

This year’s school gardening program is getting under way, with volunteers from Share the Harvest Farm working with the Center’s prekindergarten students to till and prep each classroom’s outdoor raised garden beds.

Athlete of the Week in Bridgehampton

Sophomore Julian Pesce was being named Bridgehampton’s Athlete of the Week late last week. Julian plays junior varsity tennis, as part of a combined team at East Hampton High School and has been the team’s No. 1 player all season. After eight matches as No. 1, his record is 5-3.

According to a press release issued by school officials this week, Julian consistently shows great leadership and exceptional social skills, always extending a friendly hand to his teammates.

Five Bridgehampton High School students attended Student Day at the Legislature recently. Jaden Campbell, Olivia Cassone, Julian Cheng, Madeline Grabb and Elijah White met with a panel of legislators and participated in a mock debate, where they served as both legislators and concerned community members. They were accompanied by guidance counselor Danielle Doscher.

“This hands-on experience allowed our students the opportunity to experience the process of local government officials as they work to pass legislation that impacts all Suffolk County residents,” Bridgehampton School Principal Mike Miller said.

Livestock & Horsemen’s Association Scholarship

This year East End Livestock & Horsemen’s Association is offering four $1200 scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors from the five East End towns . The scholarship is given in memory of John M. Appelt. Applicants must be entering the field of veterinary medicine or a program associated with care or management in animal-related fields and also to East End students who are currently in college studying veterinary medicine or enrolled in a program associated with care or management in animal related fields.

Scholarship are awarded after the completion of a semester in an eligible field of study are given in memory of Robert Krudop.

Scholarship applications are available at area high schools or can be downloaded from the website or by contacting Chairperson Carol Losquadro at (631) 298-4700, extension 105 or by email at The deadline is Friday, May 17.