Middle Country Announces District’s NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Musicians

The Middle Country Central School District recently announced the 19 District students selected to perform in the upcoming NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Music Festival. The festival, which will take place this November, will bring together students from across Suffolk County to perform musical masterpieces under the direction of expert conductors.


District students were selected based on their NYSSMA solo scores from this past spring and their music teachers’ recommendations. Middle Country Central School District continues to offer students continuous opportunities to hone their creativity and develop skills outside the classroom. Congratulations, and best of luck, to all District performers.


Centereach High School students:

Julia Prigl, Flute 1 – All-County Band

Samantha Cotes, Clarinet 3 – All-County Band

Austin Young, Violin 2 – All-County Orchestra

Mikayla DiFrietus, Soprano 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Lorenzo Jordan, Tenor 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Madison McNally, Alto 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Vincent Meyers, Bass 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Keila Mosquea, Soprano 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Leandra Wahlen, Soprano 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Antoinette Gerlach, Soprano 1 – All-County Treble Chorus

Alyssa Sposato, Alto 1 – All-County Treble Chorus


Newfield High School students:

Brenden Cope, Trombone 2 – All-County Band

Pavan Pranesh, Alto Sax 1 – All-County Band

Bilal Hafeez, Tenor 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Alyssa Jordan, Alto 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Alexa Knauer, Soprano 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Colin McCready, Tenor 1 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Austin Shecut, Bass 2 – All-County Mixed Chorus

Alexandra Stellino, Alto 1 – All-County Tenor Chorus


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Top Row (l-r): Julia Prigl, Samantha Cotes, Brenden Cope, Pavan Pranesh, Austin Young and Mikayla DiFrietus.

Middle Row (l-r): Lorenzo Jordan, Madison McNally, Vincent Meyers, Keila Mosquea, Leandra Wahlen and Antoinette Gerlach.

Bottom Row (l-r): Alyssa Sposato, Bilal Hafeez, Alyssa Jordan, Alexa Knauer, Colin McCready, Austin Shecut and Alexandra Stellino.

MCCSD Students Recognized By Long Island Arts Alliance

Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School students were recently recognized as Long Island Scholar Artists by the Long Island Arts Alliance. Seniors Julia Prigl and Vincent Meyers were two of twenty students from Long Island to receive the prestigious distinction.  Julia Prigl was recognized as a Scholar Artist in Music and Vincent became the District’s first student to be recognized as a Scholar Artist in Theater.


The Middle Country Central School District continues to provide students with ample opportunities to participate in art, music and theater programs. The District looks forward to its students’ future recognitions in the arts throughout the 2017-2018 school year.



Middle Country Student Sings National Anthem at Local Summer Concert

Centereach High School senior Madison McNally recently sang the National Anthem at the Nesconset Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series. The concert series, presented by both the Nesconset Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, provides those in the greater Middle Country community an opportunity to listen to local musicians and enjoy the summer weather.


The Middle Country Central School District congratulates Madison McNally on an outstanding performance and looks forward to welcoming her back for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.


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Middle Country Central School District Raises Money for Joshua Mileto Memorial Fund

The Middle Country Central School District recently hosted a car wash to raise money in memory of Joshua Mileto, who tragically passed away during a football practice at Sachem East High School. Cheerleaders and football players from Centereach High School and Newfield High School came together for a day of fundraising and washing cars.


The teams raised $4,100 to be donated to the Joshua Mileto Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Middle Country community continues to offer its support and condolences to the Sachem community during this difficult time.


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Moving Their Tassels to The Left

Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School recently hosted its graduation ceremony to commemorate the Class of 2017. Family, friends and the Middle Country community joined the 385 graduates on the Centereach High School football field to mark the milestone.


Valedictorian Demi Lambadis and Salutatorian Kelly McLaughlin both delivered speeches to their fellow graduates – discussing their favorite memories as Middle Country students and providing inspirational words as they embark on the new chapter in their lives. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold and Principal Thomas Bell also offered remarks to congratulate the graduates and wish them luck in all of their future endeavors.


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Centereach High School Seniors Head to the Prom

The Middle Country Central School District’s Centereach High School recently celebrated its annual Senior Prom. The formal event was held at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow – overlooking the Long Island Sound.


The annual gathering allows the graduating seniors and their teachers to reminisce on their time in the Middle Country school system, spend time with their soon-to-be fellow graduates and enjoy great music and food. The seniors also took a moment to thank their class advisers, and all the teachers at Centereach High School, for their continued support throughout their high school career.


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The Great Brookhaven Clean Up

Selden Middle School’s Student Activities group recently participated in this year’s Great Brookhaven Clean Up. The seventh graders chose Gary Adler Park in Centereach for the community service project – located on the same street as the school and named after a former student of Selden Middle School who passed away. The students were fortunate to have Gary Adler’s dad participate in the clean-up day and he expressed how proud he was of all the individuals involved.

Middle Country Central School District students continue their efforts to give back to the Middle Country community in a meaningful way and thanks the Town of Brookhaven for their ongoing support.


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Middle Country Schools Announce Class of 2017 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) recently announced that Demi Lambadis from Centereach High School and Ryan Bloom from Newfield High School are the Class of 2017’s official Valedictorians, and Kelly McLaughlin from Centereach High School and Leo Chen from Newfield High School are the Salutatorians. This year’s honorees have excelled beyond the classroom, taking on leadership roles, volunteering throughout the community and contributing to the high schools’ many extracurricular activities.


“The Valedictorians and Salutatorians emulate what the District strives to instill in students through a well-rounded educational experience. These students are equally as committed to their studies as to giving back to their community and school district,” said MCCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “We are incredibly proud of all four students who have grown and overcome all challenges that came their way during their 13 years in this District. On behalf of the entire Middle Country community, we congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”


Centereach High School Class of 2017 Valedictorian Demi Lambadis will graduate in June having completed 10 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and three additional college-level courses. Demi will be graduating with college credits due to her success on the AP Exams, earning her recognition from the College Board as an AP Scholar with Honors. In addition to her success in the classroom, Demi has served as both President and Vice President for her class and is the Vice President of her school’s Leaders’ Club. Demi will be attending Lehigh University in the fall and will be pursuing a degree in biomechanical engineering.


Newfield High School Valedictorian Ryan Bloom holds a weighted GPA of 101.49 and has the potential to graduate with 42 college credits. Despite his demanding academic schedule, Ryan has been an extremely active member of Newfield. Among his many extracurricular activities, Ryan is the president of the senior class, secretary of the Thespian Honor Society, co-president and editor of the Newspaper Club and a PTSA Council Delegate. Ryan will be attending Northeastern University in the fall and will be studying political science. At the moment, Ryan is unsure if he will pursue a career in law or government work.


Kelly McLaughlin, this year’s Salutatorian of Centereach High School, will have completed 11 AP courses and four college-level classes upon graduating in June. She is recognized not only as exceptionally intelligent but a student who understands the need to give back to her community. Kelly has served as the President of her school’s National Spanish Honor Society, an active member of the National Junior Honor Society and a dedicated volunteer as a tutor to students at the Middle Country Public Library. Kelly will be building off her passion for educating others as she’s set to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo to study mathematics and education.


Newfield High School’s Salutatorian, Leo Chen, has a weighted average of 100.2 and has the potential to graduate with 45 college credits. His performance on his numerous AP Exams have earned him recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Leo is a member of the Book Club, Tri-M Honor Society, National Honor Society, Select Jazz Band and the Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his musical talent, he was selected as the captain of the varsity track team and the varsity cross country team. Leo will be attending Yale University where he is set to major in computer science.


For more information regarding the Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: http://www.middlecountry.k12.ny.us.



Middle Country Central School District Centereach High School’s Valedictorian Demi Lambadis.


Middle Country Central School District Newfield High School’s Valedictorian Ryan Bloom.


Middle Country Central School District Centereach High School’s Salutatorian Kelly McLaughlin.


Middle Country Central School District Newfield High School’s Salutatorian Leo Chen.

Selden Middle School Students Participate in Community Service Project

Middle Country Central School District’s Selden Middle School students Peter Marjowski, James Thomas and Kevin Swayze recently honed their carpentry skills while volunteering their time to build 12 “Cornhole” beanbag toss boards. The students donated the boards to the Suffolk County Police Department 6th Precinct’s “Cops Who Care” community outreach program. The boards will be used for fundraising events to support local underprivileged families.


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Unity Drive Pre K/Kindergarten Center, and School’s PTA, Honored by National PTA

School Receives Visit from Pete the Cat and Accepts 100 Books for Library

Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre K/Kindergarten Center recently received a National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) award for the strong collaborative partnership between the school and the PTA. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the National PTA introduced a nation-wide #ThankATeacher contest. Individuals across the country nominated thousands of teachers and PTAs for their selfless work in bringing students a wide range of educational opportunities.


Unity Drive Pre K/Kindergarten Center was selected as one of three schools throughout the country for its constant efforts to work in unison with their PTA.  In the application, Ms. Christine Carrion and her students, were highlighted as exemplifying this strong partnership. In recognition, the National PTA sent children’s book character Pete the Cat to visit Ms. Carrion’s class and presented 100 “I Can Read!” books to Unity Drive’s Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.


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