Two of East Islip Middle School’s students – eighth-graders Harrison Gieraltowski for Performing Arts and Brianna Maye for Services to People in Need – received Town of Islip Student Achievement Awards, given out on May 17 at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.
Harrison, a skilled clarinetist and guitarist, member of the Tri-M Junior Honor Society, East Islip Middle School Concert Band and Jazz Band, and SCMEA and NYSSMA participant, was nominated by band teacher Concetta Stevens. “I have been Harrison’s music teacher for the past two years and have seen him mature into a sophisticated musician,” said Stevens. He also is active in the community and with the Boy Scouts. “Harrison demonstrates good character on a daily basis and is very deserving of this wonderful honor,” added Stevens.
Admired for her empathy and maturity level, Brianna has been involved in East Islip Middle School’s student government since sixth grade and also serves as a member of the Girls Leaders Club. She went above and beyond in organizing and participating in numerous community service projects, from a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser, SuperSibs card-making party and Birthday Box campaign to the school’s Make-A-Wish movie night benefiting a fellow student. “Brianna’s empathy for others is a trait that I, as a teacher and club advisor, really look for in a student,” remarked teacher Claire Voss, who nominated her for the award. “She selflessly works to ensure that others who are less fortunate or who may be facing a variety of obstacles will receive the help they need. Brianna is truly a wonderful young woman who is compelled to assist those in need regardless of extent, time or circumstances.”