Each year, the R-UTN gives two scholarships of $2,000 each to Northport seniors planning careers in Education. The High School Awards Committee selects the recipients based on academic achievement and need. We are able to do this because of the generous contributions of our members. This year’s recipients are Lena Mannix and Bessie Antunez-Castellon. The Awards were presented by video this year.
In addition, we award four scholarships of $500 to the graduating children of in-service UTN members Ashley Durand of Port Jefferson, Victoria Gaudioso of Centerport, Aidan Fee of Northport and Allison Wine of Northport.
Thanks again to all R-UTN members for your generosity.
Pegeen Friese is this year’s recipient of the $2000 Retired – United Teachers of Northport Scholarship.
Pegeen is described as a sincere and genuine friend, a wonderful role model for her peers and a wonderfully talented musician who plans to become a music teacher. She has performed in many music festivals, participated in NYSSMA and composed her own music. Although music is her main pursuit, she has maintained a competitive GPA, a place on the Honor Role and a position as drum major. Her success has required a great deal of dedication, self- motivation and hard work. Defined by her teachers as passionate, determined and focused, she combines heartfelt passion with an extraordinary work ethic and she is a leader in every sense of the word. After graduation Pegeen will be attending Ithica College.
Gisselle Battaglia is the recipient of the Retired – United Teachers of Northport $2000 Memorial Scholarship.
Gisselle winner is described by her teachers as hard working, reliable and responsible. She approaches every subject with enthusiasm and has maintained a high grade point average, challenging herself with a strong college preparatory curriculum, including International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment classes. One of her proudest achievements was her acceptance into the Honor Tour Choir. Her work ethic, compassion and dedication to her principles set her apart from her peers. With her temperament and sense of service she will undoubtably become an excellent teacher. Gisselle will be attending Mercy College.
In addition, the R-UTN awarded $500 awards to children of in-service UTN members. The 2019 recipients are Holden Koestner attending Towson University in Maryland; Demitri Smith attending Hofstra University; Robert Staudigel attending Pennsylvania College of Technology; Gabrielle Teiner attending Pennsylvania State College.
The R-UTN Annual Picnic, was once again held at the beautiful Vanderbilt Mansion on Tuesday, September 12. Over 80 of our colleagues gathered to enjoy the perfect weather, the views of Northport Harbor and the great food from Anderson’s Deli in Kings Park. Our Executive Board members were given a round of applause in appreciation of their hard work on our behalf. Our new members Angela Mislowack, Pam Waldroup and Margaret Minardi were given a warm welcome as well. The Vanderbilt graciously invited attendees to view the new Planetarium Sky Show in the afternoon. Thanks to Teddy Emanuel for taking photos of our picnic. Visit our Photo Gallery to see more picnic photos.
The Picnic opens a new year of activities for the R-UTN. Our Winter Luncheon will be during the first week in December. Details will appear in our newsletter and on our website. To keep up to date with all the R-UTN activities and projects, members should visit this website regularly.
There is still time before the Oct 1st deadline to send in your membership renewal forms and dues checks – do it today if you have not responded yet. The 2017-2018 Membership Form can be downloaded here if you have misplaced the one mailed to you.
Our next Executive Board meeting will be Monday Oct 2nd at the Northport Public Library at 10 am – all are welcome.