The William Floyd School District recently celebrated the 283rd birthday of William Floyd, the district namesake and one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence. In what has become an annual tradition now in its eighth year, students and staff from all across the school district commemorated the life and legacy of Mr. Floyd with special events and activities focused on this year’s theme of perseverance.
The day’s festivities culminated with a celebration at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, where the top essays from each school were read aloud to proud parents and members of the William Floyd community. Artwork was also on display for all to enjoy. Students from the William Floyd High School Culinary Arts program also prepared two cakes for all in attendance to enjoy.
This year’s essay winners include: Eren Altun, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School; Jamie Leslie, Tangier Smith Elementary School, Pablo Rodriguez, John S. Hobart Elementary School; John Tarry, Moriches Elementary School; Mario Pado, William Floyd Elementary School; Owen Taylor, William Paca Middle School; Chau’zen Davis, William Floyd Middle School; Courtney Asanto, Floyd Academy; and Sarah Gross, William Floyd High School.
Poster winners include: Gabriella Ambron, Anthony Asquino, Alissa Avila, Avery Barraud, Victoria Basharina, Alyssa Bianca, Mason Bruno, Arianna Capozzi, Devin Cataldo, Gabriella Chua, Aida Cisse, Madison Colby, Gianna Colorio, Gabriella Cucuzzo, Aiden Dorsa, SeLena Durham, Anthony Enea, Courtney Fakata, Sarah Foley, Stephanie Galvez Padilla, Samir Garces, Richard Gielarowski, Arabella Giovannettone, Autumn Green, Zedekah Grimes, Allison Gubelman, Peyton Guzik, Gavin Hampson, Mackenzie Heaton, Pedro Hernandez, Aviana Higueros, Abigail Himes, Marvin Holmes, Caitlin Hopkins, Priscilla Huarca, Domenic Iorio, Tasneca Islam, Christian Jones, Aliza Latif, Jeyz Leon, Makhai Long, Abraham Lopez, Michael Lostritto, Coral Macchia, Vidal Macchia, Dakota Maresca, Angelina Marletti, Dominique Mazzara, Abigail Mercado, Ella Murtha, Layla Odom, Madison Orlando, Layla Padilla-Powitz, Olivia Palumbo, Simone Palumbo, Sean Pfluke, Elena Pirro, Matthew Pursino, Leah Recinos, Katherine Rivera, Essence Robinson, Estevan Rosario, Autumn Rubino, Nevaeh Salgado, Dianna Salzillo, Lilly Savnik, Lincoln Schoefer, Soleil Sherrod, Aaliyah Soto, Madison Soto, Alexander Sullivan, Aiyana Toney, Elizabeth Wagner, Sasha Warnock, Kristopher Watkins, Madison Widecki, Messiah Wilson and Isabella Zambrano.
Special thanks to Dr. Keith Fasciana, William Floyd Elementary School Principal and chair of the Birthday Committee, members of the Birthday Committee, the William Floyd Middle School National Junior Honor Society and the William Floyd Middle School Art Club.