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Elwood Inducts 37 Into Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame

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John Glenn High School held its first-ever Elwood Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 28, honoring remarkable alumni from the Class of 1964 through 2012 as well as exceptional coaches. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize the achievements of these cherished individuals associated with the school’s successful athletic programs. A rigorous nomination process culminated with the Hall of Fame Committee selecting 37 highly deserving individuals, some of whom traveled across the country to attend the ceremony, and many of whom had not been back in Elwood in years.

Student inductees included Joe Busi (Class of 1964), Bruce Braciskewski (Class of 1964), Steve Carlson (Class of 1964), Peter Mosca (Class of 1965), William Massaro (Class of 1965), Patrick Favale (Class of 1966), Craig Carlson (Class of 1966), Larry Hill (Class of 1966), Michael Perfit (Class of 1967), Jeffrey Petry (Class of 1968), Arthur Schnepp (Class of 1968), John LoPipero (Class of 1969), Paul Tellarico (Class of 1974), Matt Senk (Class of 1976), Fred Leone (Class of 1978), Chuck Choinski (Class of 1980), James Reilly (Class of 1981), Cynthia Quinlan (Class of 1986), Cindy Spera (Class of 1988), John Garside (Class of 1991), Michelle Casey-Wheeler (Class of 1998), Christopher Miltenberg (Class of 1998), Ony Momah (Class of 2001), Katherine Litras-Brady (Class of 2002), Harmonie Calinda-Sumpter (Class of 2005), Caila Desroches-Kazakos (Class of 2006), Ifeanyi Momah (Class of 2007), Trevor Coston (Class of 2007), Jackie McKenna (Class of 2009), Ryan Reilly (Class of 2011) and Allison McKenna (Class of 2012).

Coaches inducted included Bob Cox (retired 1986), Jack McCormack (retired 1992), Anthony Cerullo (retired 1999), Frank Mammano (retired 2000), Andrew Athanas (retired 2016) and Kevin Harrington (retired 2022).

“What an amazing collection of talent from across the decades,” Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert said.

“John Glenn has a rich history in athletics, and we were pleased to have had a chance to honor athletes from the last 50 years,” said Athletic Director Dave Shanahan, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies. “It really was a stellar night.”

Date Added: 5/23/2022

John Glenn’s Social Justice Ambassadors Learn to Combat Bias

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The Huntington Anti BiasTask Force and the Suffolk Y JCC recently brought Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students together through the Social Justice Ambassadors Program. School social worker Joanna Sepp and foreign language teacher Alessia Franco vetted select students to participate in six meetings that would empower them with the tools and knowledge they needed to be leaders and ambassadors of justice in their school. Students from the Harborfields, Huntington and South Huntington school districts also participated. 

The ambassadors gathered for the meetings at the Suffolk Y JCC  in Commack, exploring topics such as bias, resources and strategies to combat bias and inequality, and worked collaboratively to develop a project to share their knowledge with their school. Guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Werner Reich, ERASE Racism’s Nicole Grennan and community activist Joselo Lucero also addressed the students in attendance.

“Our students have decided to turnkey what they learned and present it to the students at the elementary schools and the middle school,” Sepp said. “The students are working on tailoring the presentations to the age groups and hope to be ready to roll it out in the fall of 2022.”

Date Added: 5/20/2022

John Glenn’s Social Studies Club Raises $500 for United Way

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Guided by adviser Allen Epstein, the Social Studies Club at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently held a “pie in the face” contest fundraiser for the United Way nonprofit, raising $500 in donations. A United Way representative later visited the school for a check presentation.

“This was a really successful fundraiser for John Glenn,” said Social Studies Club Vice President Sumayah Raza. “Students from every grade donated not only to nominate a teacher, but to show their support for a great cause, the United Way. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Date Added: 5/11/2022


Elwood Gathers for Fun Health and Wellness Community Day

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The entire Elwood school community gathered outside John H. Glenn High School on April 28 to enjoy Health and Wellness Community Day. This year’s program featured a competitive mile race and wellness walk; kan jam and corn- hole contests; inflatable carnival games and slides; numerous varsity and JV sports games to view including baseball, softball, tennis and lacrosse; and the John Glenn High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“Holding Community Day for our students and their families gives us a chance to strengthen our bonds and promote wellness,” Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert said. “It was a perfect day for everyone in our community to come together and celebrate what makes this a wonderful school district.”

Date Added: 5/10/2022

John Glenn High School Ranks in Top 1,000 Schools Nationwide

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School was recently named one of the 1,000 finest high schools in the nation, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report annual “Best High Schools” list. John Glenn earned a spot at No. 949, ranking among the best schools in the country alongside only 18 other Long Island high schools and among only five in Suffolk County.

Close to 18,000 public high schools at the national, state and local level were ranked for the 2022 “Best High Schools” edition, using a methodology focusing on college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

Date Added: 5/2/2022