the fine and performing arts department's winter concert brings holiday cheer to the oyster bay-east norwich community
By: Kevin Biggiani
Despite all the of obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oyster Bay High School Fine and Performing Arts Department found a way to put on performances that wowed the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. In the month of December, 2021, the high school’s bands and choruses gave exceptional concerts, which succeeded in capturing the holiday spirit for all that attended.
First, on December 7, 2021, the Oyster Bay High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band combined to perform an array of holiday music in the high school’s gymnasium before the community, even inviting those that attended in person to sing along. The combined band, under the direction of Mr. Sisia, treated the enthusiastic audience to many holiday music favorites. For the first time in over a year, the entire community was invited to attend the concert, which had to be held virtually last year.
By Gwenyth Davey
Recent TikTok challenges have encouraged students across the world to vandalize school property, most notably school bathrooms. In recent weeks, this challenge has made its way to Oyster Bay, where school teachers and administrators have had to address the seriousness of such actions. In response to vandalism in school bathrooms, Ms. Sharon Lasher, Oyster Bay High School Principal, notified students over the loudspeaker that only two people at a time would be allowed in the bathrooms moving forward.
By Rose Lindstrom
This fall, OBHS welcomed two new teachers, Mrs. Harwood and Mr. Herbert, to the Oyster Bay school community. Originally from Hauppauge, Mrs. Harwood teaches Living Environment and Forensics. From Northport, Mr. Herbert teaches business classes. In addition to their new teaching positions, Mrs. Harwood and Mr. Herbert are the class advisors for the freshman class of 2025. To get to know the new hires better, the Harbour Voice sat down with them to talk about their careers, and their experience as advisors and teachers.
By Scarlett Shelley
Mr. Kevin Trentowski, Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics in Oyster Bay for ten years, resigned from his position on September 18th, 2021, to take on new adventures at a school closer to home.
“I will miss the people, the faculty, the students; everyone is always so welcoming,” said Mr Trentowski. Noting that he lives about 50 miles away and has three school-aged children, he added, “I can’t continue to give up two hours driving everyday.”
By Kevin Biggiani
On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon, Oyster Bay High School hosted Homecoming 2021 for all students and staff.
Homecoming 2021 began with a parade filled with pageantry on the streets of downtown Oyster Bay. The parade route was lined with spectators wearing the high school’s colors of purple and gold; school spirit was in the air. The atmosphere was electric. The whole town was anticipating the Baymen getting a big win over their arch rival, the Friends Academy Quakers, later that afternoon.
By Jillian Haguisan
Thanks to his hard work, perseverance, and character, Matthew Wong has rightfully earned his title as Valedictorian of the Class of 2021. In addition to playing 1st trombone in the OBHS Wind Ensemble and playing varsity basketball and baseball, Matthew has garnered praise for his many academic achievements throughout his high school career. He will be attending Cornell University in the fall and plans to study chemical engineering. As this unique year comes to end, Matthew sat down to provide some insight on his time at OBHS.
How would you describe your work/study ethic?
“Staying self-motivated, disciplined, and not worrying too much about the result, but instead the process.”
What will you miss most about high school?
“Oh, definitely my friends and teachers. Without the friendships I have made, high school would've been way different. I formed a lot of close bonds and memories.”
By Beryl Rosenberg
Mrs. DiMaggio, beloved English teacher, has decided to retire after 31 and a half years of teaching at Oyster Bay High School. Students and staff will certainly miss her enthusiastic personality, her love of the written word, and her funny stories. Mrs. DiMaggio recently sat down to share more about her experience teaching here in Oyster Bay.
What classes have you taught at OBHS?
A wide range over the years - It all began with an RCT (Regents Competency Test) course, and then when I was hired full time, I taught: 9 Honors, 10 Regents and 10 Honors, 11 Regents and 11 Honors, AP Language and Composition, Creative Writing, College Essay, AIS classes, and even a Public Speaking course that was offered in the early 90s.
By Stefanie Sadocha
This year’s notorious AP Week was transformed into AP Month for OBHS students as the College Board administered AP examinations from May 3rd- June 11th.
AP testing traditionally takes place over the first two weeks of May, during which students across the country who are enrolled in the same course take the same test, at the same time. This year, College Board offered three different testing dates for each course, and it was up to each teacher to decide on which test date they wanted their students to sit for the exam.
Administration 1 was an in-person, paper exam, while Administrations 2 and 3 offered digital, at-home exams along with the traditional paper exams.
By Ava Aschettino
After years of challenging coursework and sleepless nights, Riya Gupta’s hardwork has earned her the title of Class of 2021’s Salutatorian. Riya’s tireless commitment to her studies makes her worthy of this much sought after title. Balancing her extracurricular obligations while maintaining academic excellence is no small feat, yet Riya managed to secure the second highest GPA in her class, and she will be attending Seton Hall this fall to study psychology. Intrigued by this year’s Salutatorian? Riya recently offered some insight into her high school experiences.
What will you miss the most about high school?
“I’ll miss the sense of timelessness and cohesion certain classes gave me. For 40 minutes every day, we were individuals driven by each other and our experiences. Specifically in my AP U.S. History class, we would have discussions at the beginning about historical events and its current implications, and each person would have something intriguing to contribute. In these moments, it was like a derealization for me as I was immersed in something that was on a larger scale than myself. I’m grateful to have been part of such great conversations in high school such as the ones held in my history class.”
By Kevin Biggiani
With spring in the air, and the vaccine rollout going strong, my family and I recently took a stroll to downtown Oyster Bay and decided to have dinner at an Italian restaurant called Autentico. I am so glad we did.
Autentico is located at 124 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York. A sign on the door gave us the chance to wait to be seated outside, but we decided to eat inside instead.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by a member of the restaurant’s staff and seated right away by the open door. The inside was very cozy and comfortable. There were only a few tables, which were generously spaced apart. It was daytime, but the blinds were drawn and the room was dark, lit only by flickering, flameless candles.