Local students honored by town board


The Town of Islip held their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and the agenda included student honorees from throughout Islip Town. Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by representatives of the Central Islip, Brentwood and East Islip school districts in honoring outstanding academic, athletic and altruistic achievements.

The Brentwood boys soccer team, coming off a stellar 22-0 season, was present in full, taking over nearly half the room and decked out in champion black-and-white striped Adidas track suits. Recently, the soccer team was named the No. 1 public school team in the nation by a ranking from USA Today. Carpenter said she was “proud of each and every one of you.”

Yu Kevin Zhu, a senior at Central Islip High School, was awarded a place in the semifinals for the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search. While Kevin’s final project was discussed, the depth of scientific acumen left the crowd mostly in awe of such an accomplishment. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is a national competition that awarded $3.1 million in prizes in 2019, including $2,000 to each of the Top 300 scholars and their schools.

With a wreath craft project, Ava McKiernan, 8, from East Islip, was able to raise over $800 in funding to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Inspired from watching a heartfelt commercial by St. Jude’s featuring children suffering from cancer, Ava used kids’ crafts to make, and eventually sell, 41 wreaths. “All our towns celebrate each other,” said councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen, who presented Ava’s work to the crowd.


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