The William Floyd School District recently celebrated the 284th birthday of William Floyd, the district namesake and one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence. In what has become an annual tradition now in its ninth year, students and staff from all across the school district commemorated the life and legacy of Mr. Floyd with special events and activities focused on this year’s theme of heroism.
The celebration culminated at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, where students from each school read essays to members of the William Floyd community, explaining what being a hero means to them and who the hero in their life is. Artwork created by William Floyd students showcasing “Who is your hero?” was also on display for all to enjoy. Students from the William Floyd High School Culinary Arts program also prepared a wonderful cake for all in attendance.
This year’s essay winners include: Angelina Marletti, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School; Gerard Gawlowski, Tangier Smith Elementary School; Gianna Colorio, John S. Hobart Elementary School; Jeanna Sosa Rodriguez, Moriches Elementary School; Veronica Purita, William Floyd Elementary School; Sean Pfluke, William Floyd Learning Center; Christopher Tschinkel, William Paca Middle School; Melissa Ryder, William Floyd Middle School; Emerald Luft, Floyd Academy; and Teresa Tran, William Floyd High School.
Poster winners include: Samuel Aldana, Stephanie Amaya, Samuel Avila-Rodriguez, Glenn Baculy, Aisha Barrie, Aysegul Basar, Gianna Bianco, Gianna Borella, Christopher Brownworth, Austin Carfora, Alexandra Chavez Argueta, Stella Couch, Arianna Crisci, Kellyn Darius, Gianna Delgado, Johnathan Dennis-Daneils, Alexandria DeVoe, Annabelle Enea, Trerice Forster, Ava Fowler, Lucia Franco Ferreira, Yeimi Galvez Carranza, Natalie Garcia, Hayden Giglio-Baltzer, Lily Gomez-Rodriguez, Allison Gubelman, Marissa Hassler, Liam Hernandez, Madison Hernandez, Julia Hipperling, Lily Hipperling, Luisa Izaguirre, Ava Lauren Jackson, Christian Justiniano, Alena Karaptis, Gulfem Kaya, Ryan Leandry, Sean Lewis, Annabella Luhrs, Emma Luhrs, Kevin Luong, Vidal Macchia, Adrian Madera, Laila Madr, Aria Mahase, Elyssa Maldonado, Mikaela McKinley, Thomas Montalbano, Avery Morano, Bennett Owusu, Antonio Pahl, Jayla Pimentel, Brooke Pitkanen, Luke Pitti, Josie Prestigiacomo, Kyleigh Puleo, Benjamin Reeve, Jax Ritland, Anthony Rizzo, Kayla Rosario, Caitlyn Schildkraut, Samantha Segura, Soleil Sherrod, Payton Tereshko, Jayla Thomas, Aaliyah Trent, Jayda Vaccaro, Melanie Valdez, Kaitlyn Vlacich, Kayla Wimpelberg, Ines Yupangui and Natalie Zavala.
Special thanks to Dr. Keith Fasciana, William Floyd Elementary School Principal and chair of the Birthday Committee, members of the Birthday Committee for their hard work and effort in bringing this day to fruition. We also thank our partners at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library.
See some additional photos below from the celebratory birthday bash below!