May 21, 2014
CONNETQUOT TEACHERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
CTA Scholarship winners (seated L-R) Brent R., Marina Fandaros, Laina Milazzo, Kelly Schmahl, Gregory Pepe, Kristina Davernheim are congratulated by Connetquot teachers and (c) CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr.
Bohemia, NY --- Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA) President Mr. Anthony Felicio, Jr., and the organization’s scholarship committee, welcomed six students and their families to the organization’s May 20th Scholarship Presentation Reception. Held in the high school library, Felicio welcomed the students, their parents, and the teachers singled out by the students.
Over 200 essays were submitted with the title: The Teacher Who Made a Difference in my Life. The essays were read and graded by a committee of CTA members. Essays submitted by the following Connetquot students were selected as the six winning entries: Laina Milazzo (Mr. Fertmann), Kelly Schmahl (Mr. Volper), Kristina Davernheim (Ms. Schiappa), Marina Fandaros (Mr. Mandel), Gregory Pepe (Ms. Koster), Brent R. (Ms. Dossantos). Each of the six students received an attractive certificate, a copy of their winning essay, and a check for $500 to help cover college expenses.
Felicio congratulated the students, and parents, on behalf of the professional educators of the Connetquot Teachers Association. “I thank the parents for their support of education, the teachers who were singled out, and the essay contest winners. Being part of this special event re-emphasizes the positive impact we, as teachers, have on our students. It makes me proud to be called a teacher.”
Mr. Felicio and CTA Vice President Mr. Chris Dolce personally congratulated each of the winning students, and their families, for submitting quality essays. Felicio thanked everyone involved in this year’s CTA Scholarship program, in particular the members of the scholarship committee: Chris Dolce, Rob Bachisin, Christine Dassler, Cathleen DiPeri and Joanna McManaman.
The Connetquot Teachers Association continues to provide financial support to local boys’ and girls’ sports teams, supports the annual ‘Every Child’s Dream’ dinner, and the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. The New York State United Teachers Association again recently presented the CTA with the prestigious NYSUT Community Service Award in recognition of the organization’s commitment to the community.
CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr., congratulates students for their winning essays, which were entitled: The Teacher Who Made a Difference in my Life.
Kelly Schmahl receiving her award from Chris Dolce
Gregory Pepe receiving his award from Chris Dolce
Kristina Davernheim receiving her award from Chris Dolce
Laina Milazzo receiving her award from Chris Dolce
Brent R. receiving his award from Chris Dolce
Marina Fandaros receiving her award from Chris Dolce
CTA Scholarship Committee members (L-R) Chris Dolce, Tony Felicio, Jr., Cathleen DiPeri, Joanna McManaman, Christine Dassler, and Rob Bachisin.
photos by Joseph Maniaci