In keeping with recent tradition, the June 16 meeting of the Mamaroneck School Board was celebratory and festive. Nineteen retirees were honored, and graduating seniors Lauren Stelluti and Audrey Pincus received Rockefeller Awards.
A number of other students were honored as well, including: the varsity baseball team, which won the Division AA state championship last weekend; senior Madeline Hendricks, whose play won the Fidelity FutureState Playwriting contest and was performed on Broadway; and Addie Nicole Merians and Chelsie Walters, who won the Kemper essay contest.
In addition, the board accepted gifts that will enable the district’s academic enrichment camp, known as Co-op Camp, to continue in full force at the middle school and elementary level. (See: Fundraising Fully Restores Coop Camp)
A Bit of Business
Before the celebrations, the board addressed a new problem with the Murray Avenue School front stairs that had arisen that morning as a result of all the rain. The board approved a resolution authorizing emergency repairs.
In addition, Rick Marsico, board vice president and a member of the building committee, advised that the building committee is pursuing an energy audit at no cost to the district.
Rockefeller Awards for Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts
The Rockefeller fund was established in 1982, when the Rockefeller brothers selected Mamaroneck High School as one of ten schools to receive a $10,000 award for arts education. That money was invested, and each year the interest is awarded to two graduating seniors who have excelled in the visual and performing arts.
Art teacher Kevin Klein described Lauren Stelluti, the recipient for excellence in visual arts, as a “clear thinker,” praising her “inventiveness and sense of whimsy.” Mr. Klein noted that Lauren “leads by example and has great potential.” A slide show of her work demonstrated her developing affinity for portraits and that “she is more than a one-trick pony.”
Lauren will be attending Boston University in the fall, where she will study art.
PACE dance teacher Martie Barylick described Audrey Pincus as “a gift to the performing arts,” noting that she is “one of the dozen best students I have taught in dance” in more than thirty years.
PACE music teacher Bill Derby was equally exuberant in describing Audrey’s musical talent, calling her “a music director’s dream.”
Both PACE teachers commended Audrey’s ability to work with her classmates. Two of those classmates, Phoebe Hanley and Will Carlyon, then performed “Burns Effect,” a song written by Audrey and other PACE music students, while Audrey danced.
Nineteen District Staff to Retire
Nineteen retirees were honored, including Hommocks Middle School Assistant Principal Larry Keane and nine teachers with more than 233 years of collective teaching experience.
Retiring school board member Michael Jacobson was also honored for his service. Board President Linnet Tse noted that she would miss his “quick wit.”
|Mamaroneck High School||Geri Brause (17 years), Math
Vincent Nanni (33 years), Technology
Carol Rissner (23 years), Reading
Bunny Pulise (19 years), Secretary/Stenographer
|Hommocks Middle School||
Larry Keane (36 years), Assistant Principal
Mary Everett (17 years), Science
Christopher Ward (17 years), Science
Loretta Brandstadter (24 years), Building Substitute
Mary Wells (25 years), Building Substitute
Beresford Walker (40 years), Custodian
|Central Elementary School||
Susan Rosenblum (21 years), Grade 3
Susan Scharf (38 years), Grade 1
|Chatsworth Elementary School||Lida Buhaj (32 years), Art|
|Mamaroneck Avenue School||Joanna Levande (35 years), Pre-K|
Josephine Defonce (25 years), Bus Driver
Edite Kimenis (29 years), Office Assistant
Aquilini LaDonne (24 yers), Bus Driver
Susan Lischke (23 years), Senior Office Assistant
Ellen Morse (17 years), Senior Stenographer