At the age of five, Jessica Zummo was abandoned on the Staten Island Ferry. After gathering her two younger siblings and their belongings, she found a police officer and entered foster care. After going from foster home to foster home for several years, struggling through school, she was finally taken in by the Zummo family and was an honor student in her four years at Miller Place.
Adam LaRosa Overcomes Obstacles Since Birth
Adam was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate on his right side; birth defects which affect the lip and the roof of the mouth. He continues through rehab and speech therapy. Despite all that Adam has dealt with, he is a healthy and well adjusted little boy who his parents describe as being happy, confident, loud, fun-loving and compassionate.
Rocky Point Student Earns Scholarship for Agricultural Accomplishments
Rocky Point High School's Justin Bakewicz was named the first place scholarship recipient for the New York Farm Bureau Scholarship.
Morris has been taking honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes since entering high school and has been on the high honor roll for every quarter of his high school career.
Miller Place Senior a Scholar In and Out of the Classroom
Jessica Post has been on the high honor roll at Miller Place High School since her freshman year and has received the Award for General Academic Excellence. She is planning to major in business when she heads off to college in the fall and hopes to eventually be employed in New York City.
Miller Place Senior Earns Eagle Scout Rank
The youngest of five brothers, who were all Boy Scouts, Kyle Matura recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive. Kyle completed his Eagle project to benefit Save-A-Pet in Port Jefferson Station.
Carleen Altinock to Study Engineering at Cornell
While a student at MPHS, graduate Carleen Altinock took ten Advanced Placement (AP) classes and earned the College Board's AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
James Arcidiacono Excels at School and in the Water
Arcidiacono is a College Board Advanced Placement Scholar, having taken many AP courses while a student at MPHS. He not only excels on land, but also in water. Since 2003 James has been swimming with the North Shore Swim Club at SUNY Stony Brook, qualifying for the state qualification championship two years in a row in the 500 yard free style event.