Miles For Michael Highlights

And they’re off… at the start of the 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K run.
And they’re off… at the start of the 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K run.
Ms. Sheila Buhse congratulates runner Geoff Turner on his winning the newly created Challenged Athlete category.
Ms. Sheila Buhse congratulates runner Geoff Turner on his winning the newly created Challenged Athlete category.
Your South Huntington Board members and administrators thank Ms. Buhse as they get ready for the start of the race.
Your South Huntington Board members and administrators thank Ms. Buhse as they get ready for the start of the race.
Maplewood 5th-grader Maddie Crocco sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem, accompanied by music teacher Ms. Vanessa Melillo.
Maplewood 5th-grader Maddie Crocco sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem, accompanied by music teacher Ms. Vanessa Melillo.
The kid’s fun run was more popular than ever under the bright morning skies.
The kid’s fun run was more popular than ever under the bright morning skies.
The podium was the place to be after the race with the community enjoying music, raffle prizes, lots of healthy food and of course medals.
The podium was the place to be after the race with the community enjoying music, raffle prizes, lots of healthy food and of course medals.
Coming down the homestretch, Nick Russotto and his son would clock in a respectable 28:31.
Coming down the homestretch, Nick Russotto and his son would clock in a respectable 28:31.
Winner in the women’s division was Whitman’s own Grace Weigele who is no stranger to distance running as she gets a tune-up before the upcoming County Championships.
Winner in the women’s division was Whitman’s own Grace Weigele who is no stranger to distance running as she gets a tune-up before the upcoming County Championships.
Winner in the men’s division was Whitman sophomore Kyle Lutz.
Winner in the men’s division was Whitman sophomore Kyle Lutz.
Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Congratulating Hanna are left to right: Whitman AP Jon Varlamos, Sheila Buhse, Hana, art teacher Gina Tinucci, and Principal John Murphy.
Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Congratulating Hanna are left to right: Whitman AP Jon Varlamos, Sheila Buhse, Hana, art teacher Gina Tinucci, and Principal John Murphy.

As we close the books on our 6th Annual Miles for Michael 10K/5K and kids Fun Run we are left with so many wonderful memories.  This annual celebration, that it’s originator Ms. Sheila Buhse orchestrates, has come to identify the meaningful connection that our whole community shares with one another. Ms. Buhse shared the following shortly after this amazing morning:

“This year the sun shone and the warm weather returned for us!  We had our most successful event to date. Our Saturday morning's celebration began with Maddie Crocco (5th grader from MW) singing a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. She was accompanied by Vanessa Melillo (MW Music Teacher) on the organ. The DJ music for the day was provided on WWHS's front lawn by freshman John Andreoni, while senior Jake Cartisano rocked out at the top of the hill on Reservoir Road. Our t-shirt LOGO winner this year was Hannah Alpert. Her rendition of Arts/Dance and Music as it relates to our Miles for Michael event was outstanding!

To achieve this successful event much hard work and volunteering came into play.   First and foremost, this event could not have happened without he following people:  Kelly Twist, Joanne Padilla, Christine Rapp, Margaret Bayley, Andi Madrid, Fran McFelia, Karen Ferraro and Sonya White.

The route and the surrounding streets were kept safe and clean by John Burke, Kathy Hopkins, Pam Cella-O'Shaughnessy and Kevin O'Shaughnessy.  The WWHS custodial staff led by Carlo Giordano once again kept our event clean, organized and running smoothly for both our Friday night Pasta Dinner and Saturday morning run.  A special thank you to Cheryl Irizarry, Jessica Draddy, and Dan Campbell for their creative social media promotions. 

A huge thank you to Vito Monti and Matt Hoffman, both teachers at WWHS, who provided the sound set ups and video taping for our social media.  All of which was installed with the help of Lou Saverese and Frank Pirro.

Thank you to all who came out to participate this year. It was a wonderful day.......see you in 2020.”

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