By Mehek Ahmed
Centereach High School
Stony Brook University graduate Ruchi Shah has not only maintained a 4.0 grade point average, reigned as homecoming queen, and taken part in a host of extracurricular activities — as she enters medical school, she remarked that her goal is to make science more accessible to everyone.
By Niki Nassiri
Ward Melville High School
A Month of Sundays, a film produced by Madman Production Company and written/directed by Matthew Saville, was shot in sunny Adelaide. Saville manages to incorporate a dry sense of humor in a plot that is mostly about grief, depression and loneliness.
By Michelle D’Alessandro
Huntington High School
Since the inception of Pokémon Go on July 6, students and visitors to Stony Brook University have taken to the great outdoors and immersed themselves in augmented reality. The app has been praised as a great way for people to get additional exercise and for businesses to increase store traffic.
By Maya Brown and James Hinshaw
Freeport High School and Island Trees High School
Stony Brook University’s new diversity plan is designed to create an equal and open-minded atmosphere, officials and students said. While the school is the seventh most diverse in the nation, university officials and students aren’t satisfied.
By Emily Glennon
East Islip High School
Stony Brook University is the first SUNY campus to add mulit-stall, all-gender restrooms to campus locations convenient for students. The additions have not sparked the controversy seen in states such as North Carolina, and in fact, the school’s director of facilities said the negative responses have been marginal.
By Casey McShea
Bayside High School
The Stony Brook Film Festival is back for its 21st year with darker-themed movies. Occurring on the Staller Center for the Arts’ main stage, several of the films and shorts featured at this year’s festival are in a language other than English.
By Brianne Ledda and Alicia Renda
Miller Place High School and Division Avenue High School
The pace of baseball games has been dragging so significantly that the Atlantic League introduced a new Pace of Play policy, meant to shave off unneeded minutes. At Bathpage Ballpark, there have been noticeable drops in the length of nine-inning Ducks games.
By Ilona Kaydanov
Hauppauge High School
For Stony Brook University graduate student Steven Adelson, voter registration is a team sport. The 22-year-old Plainview resident coordinated the registration of more than 3,000 students to vote on campus. Next month, Adelson will be honored with a Hidden Heroes Award recognizing his hard work registering students to vote.
By Peter Lupfer
Longwood High School
The Long Island Ducks’ 2016 season is winding down with an electric atmosphere that surrounds the team and powers the players to victory while also raising all-time attendance close to seven million. The team’s director of marketing said they hold the league records for all time attendance and sellouts.
By Hallie Harvey
Newfield High School
More than 2,500 people watched the movie “Inside Out” on the field of LaValle Stadium as part of the seventh annual Seawolves Cinema Movie Night, a free summertime treat the university hosts to build bonds with the surrounding community surrounding.
By Sascha Rosin
Mattituck Junior-Senior High School
Within the air conditioned walls of SBU’s recreation center, many students and faculty of all ages and fitness levels regularly participate in multiple fitness classes and activities offered during the summer season to keep fit in a fun and healthy way.
By Jon Cerini
Salesian High School
With three Atlantic League Championship titles under its bill, the Long Island Ducks baseball team at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip is on the brink of breaking a record — visits to the stadium are nearing 7 million since the franchise was hatched 16 years ago.
By Colin Capece and Alex Gelabert
Chaminade High School and Oyster Bay High School
From the upbeat music that blares from the scoreboard to the friendliness of Ducks mascot QuackerJack, there are countless things at the park that appeal to locals. Each game provides a fun-filled experience for kids and adults as well as fans that can’t get enough of the team.