Elite Eight Inducted into Hall

Left to right in photo at the Hall of Fame Tailgate party; Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo, BOE members; Ed Nitkewicz and Linda LaCara, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland; Hall of Fame inductees; Laura Schroff, Ronaldo George, Stuart Udell, Michael McGuinness, Shirley Chaikin Mayer, A.J. Preller, Andy Farber, and Daniel Levin; Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Assistant Superintendent for Student Services; and Board of Education President Jim Kaden.
Left to right in photo at the Hall of Fame Tailgate party; Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo, BOE members; Ed Nitkewicz and Linda LaCara, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland; Hall of Fame inductees; Laura Schroff, Ronaldo George, Stuart Udell, Michael McGuinness, Shirley Chaikin Mayer, A.J. Preller, Andy Farber, and Daniel Levin; Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Assistant Superintendent for Student Services; and Board of Education President Jim Kaden.
Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson welcoming everyone at the Hall of Fame Breakfast.
Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson welcoming everyone at the Hall of Fame Breakfast.
South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright introducing A.J. Preller.
South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright introducing A.J. Preller.
Inductee Daniel Levin with Superintendent Dave Bennardo
Inductee Daniel Levin with Superintendent Dave Bennardo
Laura Schroff, right, with good friends at breakfast.
Laura Schroff, right, with good friends at breakfast.
Inductee Ronaldo George, center, with family, his favorite teacher Ms. Quiveren, to his left, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins to his right and seated are two Whitman students.
Inductee Ronaldo George, center, with family, his favorite teacher Ms. Quiveren, to his left, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins to his right and seated are two Whitman students.
A.J. Preller enjoying breakfast with his nephews.
A.J. Preller enjoying breakfast with his nephews.
Shirley Chaikin Mayer waves to friends in the stands at the induction ceremony.
Shirley Chaikin Mayer waves to friends in the stands at the induction ceremony.
The marching band walking past the inductees creates an unusual image.
The marching band walking past the inductees creates an unusual image.

Elite Eight Inducted Into Hall

South Huntington inducted eight distinguished alumni into their Hall of Fame at Saturday’s homecoming celebration. “From the outset, I knew this year would be special, but I could have never imagined just how magnificent the day would be,” said Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

The day began with a celebration breakfast where inductees were honored with introductory speeches and congratulatory messages. With their families and special guests in attendance, a Whitman ensemble performed and attendees were welcomed back home to Walt Whitman High School. “Our committee is a terrifically talented team who worked closely to ensure that the event would be memorable for the inductees, their families, and our students and staff,” said Ms. Harris.  

The following inductees, in graduation date order, were honored: Shirley Chaikin Mayer, Class of 1968, Laura Carino-Schroff, Class of 1970 Daniel Levin, Class of 1973, Stuart Udell, Class of 1985, Andy Farber, Class of 1987, Rolando George,  Class of 1989,  Michael McGuinness,  Class of 1990, and  A.J. Preller, Class of 1995. “Hearing such accomplished alumni speak proudly of their time in South Huntington, the wonderful foundation laid by the teaching staff, and the success they have achieved since graduation was an inspiring tribute to this school community,” continued Ms. Harris.

After their breakfast feast, the Hall of Fame inductees were escorted onto the football field for an official induction ceremony conducted by Superintendent Dave Bennardo, and then boarded a special float for the homecoming parade. Greeting the new Hall of Fame members at the end of the parade was a fully catered tailgate party to properly prepare for the upcoming football game.

Thank you, Wildcat Booster Club, for the incredible array of food. Huntington Councilwomen Ms. Susan Berland was on hand to award proclamations to the members as well. Board of Education President Jim Kaden also presented the honorees with proclamations from Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Legislator Steve Stern.

Hall of Fame members were on the turf field as part of the official coin toss before they returned to their reserved section in the stands for a fantastic football game.