On Friday, April 5, the William Floyd School District in collaboration with the William Floyd Alumni Association, honored its 11th class of Distinguished Alumni, a group of five individuals who have and continue to make great contributions to the world. The honorees – P.J. Cinque, Kristine (Fafejta) Gawlowski, Wendy (Murphy) Gross, Jamie (Oldham) MacPherson and John Sumwalt – experienced a day full of activities designed to inspire current students and reconnect with alumni while celebrating their accomplishments and bringing a sense of pride to the William Floyd community.
The honorees kicked off the day with a reception in the Rita Rech Museum of William Floyd School District History, which included a brief educational history of the community led by William Floyd High School social studies teacher, Ron Gross. Next, the distinguished honorees visited classrooms to interact with students, share their experiences and answer questions before gathering in the high school main lobby for the plaque unveiling ceremony by the Distinguished Alumni wall. Following the unveiling, the honorees and their guests enjoyed a fully-catered luncheon prepared and served by the William Floyd High School Culinary Arts students under the guidance of world-class chef Rich Daly and teaching assistant, Wendy Waldron. After lunch, the in-school portion culminated with a tour of the high school. In the evening, the honorees gathered for an awards dinner and reception at The Inn at East Wind in Wading River.
Congratulations once again to this year’s honorees!
P.J. Cinque, Class of 2005, a professional musician with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Kristine (Fafejta) Gawlowski, Class of 1986, a humanitarian who selflessly donated her kidney to save the life of a co-worker’s husband and employee at Tangier Smith Elementary School
Wendy (Murphy) Gross, Class of 1984, an educator at the William Floyd Learning Center
Jamie (Oldham) MacPherson, Class of 1995, the executive director of Global Regulatory Affairs at Akcea Therapeutics
John Sumwalt, Class of 1990, a deputy inspector with the Suffolk County Police Department.
Additional photographs and a video of the plaque unveiling ceremony are available below!