The 27th Annual Wildcat Marching Band Banquet

Left to right: Rebecca Sansotta, Anna Poggioli, Alexa Arthur, and Corey Cook.
Left to right: Rebecca Sansotta, Anna Poggioli, Alexa Arthur, and Corey Cook.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos, (left) and Colleen Grady (right), with Minds on the March 12th Graders- Christopher Avino, Ruby Bafu, Shayla Betts, Nolan Braun, Corey Cook, Emily Dilillo, Thomas Hustedt, Samantha Shaiman, and Patrick Zakrzewski.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos, (left) and Colleen Grady (right), with Minds on the March 12th Graders- Christopher Avino, Ruby Bafu, Shayla Betts, Nolan Braun, Corey Cook, Emily Dilillo, Thomas Hustedt, Samantha Shaiman, and Patrick Zakrzewski.
4 Year service members are recognized.
4 Year service members are recognized.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos (left), Scott Muller (3rd from left), and Colleen Grady (right), and with Minds on the March 11th Graders- Alexa Arthur, Gabrielle Dukes, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, Maggie Nostrand, Nicole Peluso, Rebecca Sansotta, MaryRose Stone, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos (left), Scott Muller (3rd from left), and Colleen Grady (right), and with Minds on the March 11th Graders- Alexa Arthur, Gabrielle Dukes, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, Maggie Nostrand, Nicole Peluso, Rebecca Sansotta, MaryRose Stone, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos (left), Colleen Grady (2nd from left), and Scott Muller (3rd from left), with Minds on the March 10th Graders- Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector Jr, Anali's Nanavati, Umamiah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, and Brittany White.
Whitman Assistant Principals Jon Varlamos (left), Colleen Grady (2nd from left), and Scott Muller (3rd from left), with Minds on the March 10th Graders- Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector Jr, Anali's Nanavati, Umamiah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, and Brittany White.
Whitman Assistant Principals Colleen Grady (left), Jon Varlamos (2nd from left), and Scott Muller (right) with Minds on the March 9th Graders- Kathleen Clark, Joshua Deveraj, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Elizabeth Hardwick, Softie Hibler, Mark Hustedt, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pogano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Samantha Rutolo, Melissa Shaiman, Kayla Soulias, and Paige Tortorice.
Whitman Assistant Principals Colleen Grady (left), Jon Varlamos (2nd from left), and Scott Muller (right) with Minds on the March 9th Graders- Kathleen Clark, Joshua Deveraj, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Elizabeth Hardwick, Softie Hibler, Mark Hustedt, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pogano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Samantha Rutolo, Melissa Shaiman, Kayla Soulias, and Paige Tortorice.
Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulates Minds on the March 8th Grade awardees left to right:  Brenda Mendez, Kaitlyn Riha, and Natalie Zakrzewski.
Stimson Principal Edwin Smith congratulates Minds on the March 8th Grade awardees left to right: Brenda Mendez, Kaitlyn Riha, and Natalie Zakrzewski.

A fun-filled evening was enjoyed by all attending the 27th Annual Wildcat Marching Band Awards Banquet on Friday, February 28th, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Huntington Station. This banquet is a tradition for the marching band community, mostly a way of saying thank you to all the dedicated and talented students, staff, and parents, who get to enjoy their collective accomplishments of the season.

Hosted by the band parents, the banquet was attended by marching band staff, students, parents, school and district administration, and members of the Board of Education. Students, staff, and education administrators enjoyed an evening of celebration, dinner, dancing, and recognition. Parents joined for dessert and for the presentation of awards by marching band director Mr. Dan Krueger. 

Each student received an award for participation based on the cumulative number of years in the program. Students in leadership positions were also recognized, including Drum Majors: Corey Cook and Rebecca Sansotta, and Color Guard Captains: Anna Poggioli and Alexa Arthur. 

In addition, the Walt Whitman Wildcat Marching Band "Minds on the March" Award was presented to a number of students in each grade who maintain a 90 or above grade point average while participating in the rigorous marching band program. The following students (by grade level) were honored:

8th Grade: Brenda Mendez, Kaitlyn Riha, and Natalie Zakrzewski.

9th Grade:  Kathleen Clark, Joshua Devaraj, Neyda Diaz-Vilorio, Elizabeth Hardwick, Sofie Hibler, Mark Hustedt, Casey Leonick, Brooke Pagano, Jessica Persaud, James Reilly, Isaac Renderos, Antoinette Riehl, Jordan Roiland, Samantha Rutolo, Melissa Shaiman, Kayla Soulias, and Paige Tortorice.

10th Grade:  Kimberly Bellissimo, Cassandra Eaches, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Jr., Anali Nanavati, Umaimah Saleemi, Colin Sherland, and Brittany White.

11th Grade:  Alexa Arthur, Gabrielle Dukes, April Fallon, Nicole Grennan, Maggie Nostrand, Nicole Peluso, Rebecca Sansotta, MaryRose Stone, Rachel Sundermier, Ellen Tricomi, and Hannah Zaiff.

12th Grade:  Christopher Avino, Ruby Bafu, Shayla Betts, Nolan Braun, Corey Cook, Emily Dilillo, Thomas Hustedt, Samantha Shaiman, and Patrick Zakrzewski.