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SADD Club Brings a Great Message to JFK and RCK Fifth Graders

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The high school’s SADD club recently visited each fifth-grade class at JFK and RCK during the last day of Red Ribbon Week to discuss the hazards of alcohol, drugs, bullying and cyberbullying. SADD members encouraged the younger students to join clubs, participate in sports or get involved with community organizations instead of making poor decisions. The club also introduced the fifth graders to its annual Red Ribbon antidrug slogan contest, which will see two winners each chosen from JFK and RCK.

“This program is valuable to both the high school and elementary school students, as the high school students get to practice leadership skills and the elementary school students get to hear a great message,” SADD adviser Bridget Lopiccolo said. “I thank all the administrators, principals and teachers for supporting this program for the past 18 years.”

A Tie-Dye Triumph for the French Club

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East Islip High School’s French Club recently held its ninth annual tie-dye bake sale campaign for the She’s the First Foundation, which sponsors education for girls in third-world countries. Club members made tie-dye T-shirts and sold tie-dyed bracelets and cupcakes, surpassing their goal of $400 and raising over $600 for the foundation’s work.

“My thanks to the club’s officers, the staff and the generous students of East Islip for supporting our cause,” French Club adviser Lauren Pinka said.

All-State Diver Kelsey Kreuscher Medals at States

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East Islip High School sophomore diver Kelsey Kreuscher, competing for the combined Connetquot/East Islip swimming and diving team, earned a medal on Nov. 19 at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College. Kreuscher placed 19th, and her two Connetquot teammates, sophomore Lara Booth Alam and senior Morgan Cassidy, placed 14th and 16th, respectively, earning all three All-State honors for finishing in the top 20 in New York State.

“This was an incredible accomplishment and a great finish to an awesome season for all of these girls,” said their coach, Jeff Shiebler.

Jessica Peluso to Play Lax for Colorado

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Senior Jessica Peluso signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 12 to play lacrosse at the University of Colorado Boulder next fall. Her major is undecided.

A midfielder and draw specialist on East Islip’s varsity lacrosse team, Peluso was named All-County as a junior. She also participated in on the school’s basketball (earning All-County, All-Conference and MVP awards) and field hockey (earning nods for All-County, All-Tournament, All-State nominee and Defensive Player of the Year) teams, and was named a Scholar-Athlete three years in a row.

EI Wins County Football Championship!

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In a thrilling title game that went down to the wire, second-seeded East Islip vanquished the No. 1 seed Sayville on Nov. 18, winning 35-28 to earn the Suffolk Division III championship.

East Islip quarterback Derek Burrell, who East Islip coach Sal Ciampi called “the greatest single player in East Islip football history,” had a game for the ages, finishing with 178 yards on 20 carries, scoring three touchdowns, and completing seven of eight passes for another 116 yards. Burrell wowed the 3,300-strong crowd at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium with a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and when the game was tied with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, he took the ball and ran for a 31-yard winning touchdown.

Other highlights included a key Leo Lopez interception and a Cooper Parkinson 96-yard fumble return for a go-ahead TD.

East Islip (10-1) will play the winner of Plainedge-Bethpage for the Long Island Class III title on Nov. 26 at Hofstra University.

Sunday, November 28, 2021