East Islip Celebrates Veterans Day: Connetquot

In celebration of Veterans Day, fourth-grade classes at Connetquot Elementary School competed against each other under the direction of the school’s music teacher, Eileen Egbert. Each of the four classes took turns singing about “The 50 Nifty States” to an audience of parents, relatives and fellow students. Also in attendance were local veterans, who were recognized with tributes of appreciation. Student James Sullivan played “Taps,” in the morning’s most reflective moment. “Today’s competition brought out the best of our incredibly talented fourth-graders,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “While learning all about our nation’s states, the children developed their singing voices, and excellent articulation as well as diction.”

After all the classes joined together for a finale of “Land Is Your Land,” the panel of judges – Donna Ciampi, Superintendent John J. Finello and Director of Art & Music Stephen Guarino – chose teacher Heather Degen’s class as the winners. “My class was proud to have performed in honor and memory of the veterans of the United States,” said Degen. “It was very gratifying for the students to win the trophy, especially when all of the fourth-graders performed superbly and showed excellent sportsmanship.”