The McGann-Mercy Class of 2015 at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The Class of 2015 at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School celebrated and said goodbye Wednesday evening during the graduation liturgy and commencement ceremony.
Valedictorian Elison Louis of Mastic and salutatorian Magdalena Duda of Riverhead addressed the student body and the school’s chaplain, Reverend Gerald Cestare, presided over the ceremony. Principal Carl Semmler and assistant principal Lisa Navarra presented academic honors and the diplomas were conferred by Bishop William Murphy.
The Class of 2015 featured students from as far east as Montauk and Greenport and as far west as Patchogue and Port Jefferson. The students received more than $12.4 million in scholarship offers; 100 percent of graduates will be pursuing post secondary studies or serving in the military, the school said.
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Meghan Bossone (left) and Adafih Blackburn (right) pose for a photo with Bishop William Murphy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Bishop William Murphy gets friendly with Alyson Touhey of Pennsylvania and her 10-month-old son Killian before the graduation ceremony. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Valedictorian Elison Louis greets Bishop William Murphy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Bereket Watts of Southold flashes a warm smile for Bishop William Murphy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Jessica Marmelstein of Coram helps classmate City Le of MIller Place with her tassel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
English teacher Monique Hernandez helps Taylor Konkel of Flanders button up her gown. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Max Crean of Farmingdale plays Professor Harold Hill in “Music Man,” a Bishop McGann-Mercy Theater Company production, directed by Bob Kelly. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Meredith Willson’s classic musical “The Music Man” will be presented by the McGann-Mercy Theatre Company Thursday to Saturday, April 30 to May 2, at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (more…)
McGann-Mercy Theatre Company cast of “Diary of Anne Frank”: (From left) Olivia Geppel of Mattituck as Anne Frank; Max Crean of Farmingdale as Otto Frank; Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Edith Frank; Andrea Londono of Hampton Bays as Margot Frank; Kelsey Tuthill of Manorville as Miep Gies; Jason Crean of Farmingville as Peter Van Daan; Corey Hermus of Bellport as Mr. Kraler; Grace Lukachinski of South Jamesport as Mrs. Van Daan; Chris Ryder of Moriches as Mr. Van Daan and John Tumminello as Mr. Dussel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” adapted for the stage by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 19, 20 and 21, at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. (more…)
A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
UPDATE: A voice message from Carl Semmler, principal of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, said the teen arrested yesterday in relation to a bomb threat was a school student who will no longer be going to the school.
The message, sent to families of students who attend the school, said the teen “admitted to placing a threatening note on the rear windshield of a car parked in the school lot.”
The message went on to state that “the student will no longer be attending our school. Please know the safety of our students is always at the forefront of our efforts.”
McGann-Mercy students were brought into the auditorium at Riverhead High School following a threat made against the school. (Credit: Barbaraellen Knoch)
(UPDATE 1:30 p.m.): Bishop-McGann Mercy High School was cleared of any threat after an automated message called into the Riverhead school this morning warned of “some kind of device,” according to Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.
Faculty staff and K-9 units from the New York State Police searched the building, Lt. Lessard said. Students who were evacuated were told to leave their backpacks outside on the high school football field and a police dog searched the bags. No threats were found, Lt. Lessard said.
As Mercy students were transported to Riverhead High School via Riverhead buses to await pickup, another threat was called into Riverhead, describing a bomb somewhere toward the front, outside the high school building.
Lt. Lessard said he wasn’t sure yet if that message was a similar automated message. Police are conducting an IT investigation to try to trace the IP address and determine if it was called from an online app, he said. An automated message sent by the school to Riverhead parents just before 1:30 p.m. said that the building was cleared and there was no threat. After-school activities for the high school were canceled, the message said.
Similar threats were called into the Southampton School District. Lt. Lessard said investigators are in contact with Southampton Village Police are unsure yet if the calls are related.
It was the second straight day a threat was called into Mercy High School.
1st Update: A threat was called into Riverhead High School just minutes after Bishop McGann-Mercy students were being transported there to await pickup following a threat at that school, Riverhead police at the scene confirmed at around 11:30 a.m. (more…)
Students are evacuated from McGann-Mercy High School Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Bishop McGann-Mercy High School was evacuated at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a man called the school with a bomb threat, according to Riverhead Town Police Chief David Hegermiller. (more…)
Former McGann-Mercy basketball player Nykel Reese goes up for a shot in 2013. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
McGann-Mercy High School is hosting its annual alumni basketball game Jan. 10 in the high school gymnasium. Alumni of all ages, men and women, are invited to join. (more…)
Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
January — Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hires Paul Mastronardi as its new athletic director. He replaces John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector. Mr. Mastronardi, a longtime coach and physical education teacher, previously coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team. (more…)