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Vincent Li places among the top 50 students in the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad

Spackenkill students recently competed in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad sponsored by the American Chemical Society.  After competing at the local level regional competition, Vincent Li, Eileen Gao, and Peter Staten (alternate) qualified to compete in the national competition held at Mount Saint Mary College.  Vincent Li earned High Honor status at the national competition, placing among the top 50 students in the United States.

BOCES CTI Valedictorian for Class of 2016

Brian Griffing has been named BOCES CTI Valedictorian for Class of 2016.  He will attend Dutchess Community College in the fall, where he will study to earn an associate’s degree in business. Afterward, he plans to attend culinary school and major in culinary arts, with the intention of one day becoming chef/owner of a restaurant. We wish him great success on his academic and career path!

Model UN Visits the United Nations

The Model UN Club took a trip to the United Nations building in New York City on April 26th, 2016. The following students (pictured left to right) Anirudh Bhimavarapu, Andrew Moriarty, Nathan Liang, Justin Moore, Ian Horvath, Sneha Kamada, Rachel Li, Mahmoud Almady, Peter Staten, Anshuman Swain and Robert Waxman took a guided tour which included stops in the General Assembly, Security Council and even got to view a segment of the Chernobyl 30th anniversary ceremony. 

Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2016


We are proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Spackenkill High School’s Class of 2016.  Valedictorian Laura Yang will be attending Georgia Tech for Applied Math and hoping to work at the Center for Disease Control as a researcher. Salutatorian Gautam Mekkat will be attending Cornell University and studying Computer Science for Engineering.  Congratulations to both Laura and Gautam.

Alumna to Present on Gravitational Waves

On April 28 at Spackenkill High School, Dr. Kate Dooley, a district graduate and an assistant professor of physics at University of Mississippi, will talk about the ground-breaking discovery of gravitational waves.

One hundred years after Albert Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity, Dr. Dooley was on the team of scientists that detected them for the first time on September 14, 2015.  Dr. Dooley is a senior member of the LIGO Team, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a facility that detects and measures cosmic gravitational waves for scientific research and is supported by the National Science Foundation.

At Spackenkill, Dr. Dooley studied science with Amy Matts. and she was quite active in the Science Club. The community congratulates Dr. Dooley on this historic achievement.



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