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Lin, Chang, Jiang and Zhang are pictured from left to right with Guidance Chairperson Linda Bergson, far left, and Principal Dr. Alan Baum. Photo courtesy of Syntax Communication, Jennifer Kuefner (click for larger version)
September 23, 2009 | 04:07 PM
Seniors named National Merit semifinalists

Ward Melville High School seniors Michelle Chang, Ruoyi Jiang, Shelby Lin and Ling-Ling Zhang have been named semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition alongside approximately 16,000 students nationwide in order to obtain some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition. Finalists in the competition will be announced in the spring of 2010 and winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July. The Three Village Central School District congratulates this year's National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

Schaentzler-Godsell engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schaentzler of Stony Brook and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Godsell of Setauket are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Teresa Marie Schaentzler and Jason Michael Godsell. They are both 2004 graduates of Ward Melville High School.

Teresa graduated from Adelphi University, Garden City, with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders in 2008 and is now pursuing her doctorate of audiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Jason graduated from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in biology and is now pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at New York University.

The wedding will take place at Sts. Phillip and James Roman Catholic Church in St. James on July 16, 2011 and the reception will be held at the Nissequogue Country Club.

Military News

Cadet Patricia Michaela O'Toole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy O'Toole of East Setauket, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. O'Toole entered West Point on June 29 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. Also referred to as "Beast Barracks," CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

O'Toole began classes Aug. 17. West Point was recently named the top college in the country by Forbes Magazine.

O'Toole graduated from Ward Melville High School. She plans to graduate from West Point in 2013 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Owens brothers bike for Hope

Brothers Bennett Owens and Hunter Owens participated in Tritek's 10th anniversary "Montauk We Hope" bike tour on Saturday, Sept. 12. Bennett, a fourth-grader at Setauket Elementary School was the youngest rider to complete the 75-mile tour. Hunter, a ninth-grader at Gelinas Junior High School, was the youngest rider to complete the "Extreme Ride" totalling 100 miles. Money raised for this event benefits The Hope House in Port Jefferson.

Maier honored as Eagle Scout

An Eagle Court of Honor was held recently for Stephen Harry Maier of East Setauket. Stephen is a member of Troop 299. He began scouting at the age of 8 and advanced through the ranks until he completed Eagle in December of 2008. For his Eagle service project, he planned and organized about 30 volunteers to build picnic tables for the Holtsville Ecology Site. Stephen is a 2009 graduate of Ward Melville High School. He is the son of Darleen Nulty and Harry Maier.

University at Buffalo dean's list

Ari Fogel and Thomas Smith of Stony Brook and Daniel Holzmacher of East Setauket have been named to the University at Buffalo dean's list for the spring 2009 semester for achieving a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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