Sponsored by Islip’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs since 1993, the annual Town of Islip Sharpshooter Contest has continued to encourage fourth- and fifth-grade students to improve their basketball skills while serving as an alternative to drug and alcohol abuse.
Approximately 800 children participated in the 2012 competition, including students from three East Islip elementary schools – John F. Kennedy, Ruth C. Kinney and Timber Point.
The Sharpshooter challenge took place during physical education classes. Each child had one minute to score as many baskets as possible, choosing from any of the designated shooting spots on the gym floor, with each spot worth a differing point value. First-place finishers in each grade received custom gold medals and T-shirts and advanced to the final competition against other Nassau and Suffolk first-place winners held at West Islip High School. Runners-up were given silver medals, and all of the student competitors came away with participant's certificates.
First-place winners at RCK were fourth-graders Sean Colleary and Julianna Longo and fifth-graders Connor Governanti and Victoria Koop. Finishing in second place were fourth-grader Kevin Governanti and fifth-graders Isabella Pasha and Justin Thall.
At Timber Point, the first-place winners were fourth-graders Christopher Alessi and Kennedy Keenan and fifth-graders Julia Ryan and John Sidorski. Coming in second were fourth-graders Jake Halfter and Faith Henderson and fifth-graders Zachary McMorris and Kelly Murphy.
Fifth-grade winners at JFK were Brendan Cox and Melissa Sconone, with Anthony Carroll and Nikki LaFrancesca as the fourth-grade first-place finishers. Second-place winners were fourth-graders Thomas DelGigante and Alyssa Levy and fifth-graders Brittany Payton and Alexander Wett.
JFK's Carroll went on to be the top scorer and first-place winner at the town-wide final competition.