North Babylon Senior Recognized as Commended Student
North Babylon High School senior Spiros Manolas has been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional performance on the qualifyingtest used for entry. Although they will not continue to the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 PSAT. He is pictured with North Babylon High School Principal Dr. Jonathan Klomp and Assistant Principal Colleen Ligonde.
Junior Selected to Perform at Theatre Conference
Junior Saadiyah Proctor was chosen as one of three students across Long Island to perform in a staged reading of an original work by Stan Zimmerman at the Stage the Change Conference on Nov. 18. Stage the Change is a nonprofit dedicated to helping high school students become global citizens through creativity and performance. Zimmerman is an American television producer, director and screenwriter. He has written for many television series including “The Golden Girls,” “Roseanne” and “Gilmore Girls.” Proctor is pictured with North Babylon School District’s Director of Music and Art Elizabeth O’Brien (left) and North Babylon High School music/theatre teacher Lisa Drance (right).
Senior Named Scholar-Artist
This summer, senior Sydney Smith was named a Scholar-Artist merit winner in dance from the Long Island Arts Alliance. After submitting video of herself to the competition, she was featured in Newsday this summer. She is pictured with North Babylon School District’s Director of Music and Art Elizabeth O’Brien (left) and North Babylon High School music/theatre teacher Lisa Drance (right).
North Babylon’s Record-Breaking Running Back
Senior running back Nathaniel Griffith broke three separate records during the varsity football game against Smithtown High School West on Oct. 1. Griffith made history during the homecoming game, breaking the North Babylon High School, Suffolk County and Long Island single game rushing yards record with 38 carries, 489 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the North Babylon varsity football team broke the previous school scoring record in their win by putting up 75 points. Varsity coach James Mango also recorded his 200th win with the program that day.
History Made at North Babylon’s Homecoming
Despite the damp weather conditions, the North Babylon came out in full force to celebrate the school’s homecoming on Oct. 1.
Even though the weather meant the parade and homecoming floats couldn’t serve as the kickoff for the day’s festivities, the weather cleared in time for the community to come show their support as the North Babylon Bulldogs took on Smithtown High School West Bulls.
The game proved to be one for the record books as North Babylon put forth a big win against Smithtown West 75-49. Senior running back Nathaniel Griffith made history as he set the North Babylon High School, Suffolk County and Long Island single game rushing yards record with 38 carries, 489 yards and seven touchdowns.
The North Babylon Bulldogs football team also broke the previous school scoring record with their win by putting up 75 points. Varsity football coach Mango recorded this 200th win with the program.
During the halftime show, the North Babylon cheerleaders kept the energy high for the crowds. The kickline and marching band also took to the field to perform their respective routines.
Kindergartners Show Off Their New Skills
Throughout the district, kindergarten students are settling into their new routines, eager to learn. The kindergartners are working on letter sounds and identification. Colors, shapes, cutting, sorting and gluing are also new skills many of the students are mastering during their first month of school. Many of the classes also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about the different flags and colors of other countries.