School News: Pierson Names Top Graduates, Seniors Honored, Johnson Wins Arts Contest

Pierson High School valedictorian Hannah Tuma, left, will attend University of Virginia in the fall. Salutatorian Emily Hallock will study at Duke University. Photo courtesy of Sag Harbor School District

Pierson High School Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School’s Hannah Tuma and Emily Hallock have earned the top spots as valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2019, respectively, through their outstanding academic achievements. Each share a commitment to excellence and their community, but a different perspective on their high school years.

Hannah Tuma joined Pierson in her sophomore year and embraced new academic opportunities, extracurricular activities and the opportunity to “get out of her comfort zone.” Ms. Tuma, who will attend the University of Virginia in the fall, said she once had a specific career path mapped out, but her experiences at Pierson opened up new possibilities. In addition to her stellar academic career, she is co-founder, administrator, and editor of the school’s newspaper, The Hypothetical, a member of the National Honor Society and served as a Model United Nations delegate and co-captain of the Lady Whaler’s

“Over the years, I’ve challenged myself with the hardest classes and the International Baccalaureate program at Pierson. It’s rewarding to realize I cannot only handle the course load and pressure, but excel,” Ms. Tuma said. In her speech to her fellow students on graduation day, she hopes to impart a sense of excitement and anticipation for the future. The valedictorian is the recipient of the American Legion Chelberg and Battle Post #388 Memorial Scholarship and New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Salutatorian Emily Hallock will bid farewell to many schoolmates that she has known since kindergarten. She too has challenged herself, taking up to five science classes per day. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Duke University in the fall. She chose Duke, because of its diversity and location. “I wanted a place with great academics but also an environment that I would like to live in for the next four years.” Ms. Hallock is a member of the National Honor Society and Bridgehampton High School’s competitive cheerleading team. She received the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Lions Club Scholarship and “Good Citizen” award from the Southampton Colony Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Pierson High School Class of 2019 will graduate on June 29.

Pierson High School Senior Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Gerri MacWhinnie congratulated Pierson High School senior Mark Russo, recipient of the Southampton Colony Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution senior scholarship, at a luncheon at the Southampton History Museum on June 4. Photo courtesy of Sag Harbor School District

Johnson Wins Creative Arts Contest

Bridgehampton High School junior Alanah Johnson has won the Town of Southampton’s Youth Bureau Creative Arts contest, the school announced this week. The theme this year was “Mental Health Awareness” and Alanah won first place in photography, a first for the school district.

Dozens of students in grades four through eight in the Bridgehampton School District completed the internationally acclaimed social development program Dancing Classrooms and showcased their new skills at the school’s first Beehive Ball. The students learned five dances —merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango and swing — during the residency. Created by renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, the syllabus for Dancing Classrooms is designed to be integrated into the curriculum of physical education, music and character education at the upper elementary and middle school levels. It also makes direct connections to math and social studies, and through English/Language Arts student learning is incorporated through essay writings and poetry. “These students provided a magnificent showcase of their dancing abilities,” Principal Michael Miller said. “Adversity reveals character and these students put their insecurities to the side and worked through the uncomfortableness with skill and grace.”

Bridgehampton students joined dance teams from across Long Island for the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match on May 21. The event, a community builder for the school that teaches students respect, tolerance, teamwork, sportsmanship and elegance, also presented Bridgehampton with the Bronze Award. “The team members learned that participating in this helps to unite the vast diversity of cultures and ethnicities in our communities,” Principal Michael Miller said.

Mavellia Named to Bucknell Dean’s List

Sophia Mavellia, Class of 2019, from Sag Harbor was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition. 

Battle & Oppenheimer on Dean’s List at Tufts

Seniors Max Battle and Clara Oppenheimer, both from Sag Harbor, were named to the Dean’s List at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Local Students Named to SUNY Oneonta Dean’s List

A total of 1,553 SUNY Oneonta students earned Dean’s List honors for the spring 2019 semester, carrying a grade point average of 3.5 or higher with a course load of 12 hours or more. Duncan Bennett and Phoebe Bennett, of Sag Harbor, and Emily Driver, also of Sag Harbor, were among those named to the Dean’s List.