250 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6100
Grades: 10-12

Interim Principal: Dr. Mary DeRose
Interim Assistant Principal: Rod Wilkins




Amityville Memorial High School Recognized as National Breakthrough School by NASSP and Met-Life

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AMHS Hosts 2nd Annual Summer Track and Field Clinic

Approximately 25 young men and women from all over Suffolk County participated in a Summer Track and Field Clinic at Amityville Memorial High School, conducted by the AMHS Sports Hall of Fame. Held over the course of one week in July, the clinic taught young athletes technique, movement, power, fluidity and muscle memory in the major track and field events.

Award-winning AMHS track coach and soon-to-be AMHS Sports Hall of Fame inductee Reynolds Hawkins facilitated the clinic (now in its second year) and led a staff of record-holding athletes and highly qualified coaches in the jumping and sprinting/hurdles events.

Instructors included Lloyd Constable, a former All-American from North Babylon who is the Suffolk County and Notre Dame record holder for the high jump; Courtney Hawkins, a former Big 8 Conference Champion runner and Pan Am Games silver medalist; and Rick Jordan, a former Long Island record-holder for the 500-meter and U.S. junior champ in the 400-meter hurdles who once placed seventh in the world at the junior championships. Courtney Hawkins and Jordan trained together at the University of Houston and ran alongside the likes of nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis and other world and national record holders as members of the renowned Santa Monica Track Club.

“No one school on Long Island does anything like this that’s open to student-athletes from across the area,” said Jordan, a Baldwin native who now resides in New Jersey and has extensive experience running clinics. “We are working on their running technique and form and working out the little (bad) quirks in these athletes. They are responding well and really doing a great job.”

Open to teens from all over Long Island, some of the top high school runners in the county attended the clinic, including AMHS alumnus Vincent Jackson, a former top 10-ranked runner in New York State for the sprint medley who teamed with another AMHS clinic attendee, Kaashief Morgan, to form a 4x100 relay team that ranked No. 1 in New York State two years ago.

The AMHS Summer Track and Field Clinic culminated with a spirited competition on the final day, in which parents and friends were invited to watch the participants show off some of the skills they had learned.

AMHS Artists Make Memorable Portraits

Prior to the end of the school year, members of the Amityville Memorial High School National Art Honor Society completed their work on The Memory Project a unique initiative in which advanced high school art students create original portraits for children from all over the world who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused, or neglected. AMHS art students received pictures of children who are waiting for portraits, then worked in their art classrooms and afterschool to create the portraits. Once finished, the portraits were delivered to the children overseas.

“Thanks to the generosity and support of our staff who have sponsored us for the past six years  we have been able to create portraits for children from the Ukraine, Peru, Mexico, Honduras and last year Guyana,” said AMHS art teacher Jayne Grasso, who oversees the students’ work and the school’s participation in the project.

This year AMHS students created portraits for children from the Philippines. Ben Schumaker, founder of The Memory Project, recently delivered the portraits to The Philippines. Watch the delivery:

This AMHS student artists who participated in The Memory Project are:

Student Artist
Angelica Gonzalez - Portrait of Iskol
David Hobbins - Portrait of Jamil
Josue Reyes - Portrait of Jane
Jerdh Michel - Portrait of Janice
Ebony Derr - Portrait of Jemma
Janae Hammond - Portrait of Esmael
Etiana Coley Mells - Portrait of Esmeralda
Lenny Ramirez - Portrait of Esperanza
Jamel Jenkins - Portraits of Evelyn, Jayron
Manuel Santos - Portrait of Ferdinan
Alexyss Robinson - Portrait of Gabriel
Melida Ventura - Portrait f Ginny
Brianna York - Portrait of Gino
Kerina Herard - Portrait of Glayds


Congratulations Class of 2014

Marching across the Lou Howard field, the Amityville High School Class of 2014 was met with rousing cheers and applause as they celebrated their graduation on June 28. The AMHS symphonic band, under the direction of Brian Wishin, played “Pomp and Circumstance” as a sea of red and silver proceeded into the ceremony.

Sgt. John Kreyer, commander of VFW Post 7223, began the ceremony by introducing the six members of the Class of 2014 who will be entering the military. He called up to the stage Latryce Gaddy (U.S. Army), Jamel Jenkins (U.S. Marine Corps), Mykel McLamb (U.S. National Guard), Jessica Rubio (U.S. Army), Gavin Stevens (U.S. Marine Corp) and Joseph Thomas (U.S. Army) to recognize and honor them for their decision to serve their country.

Interim Principal Dr. Mary DeRose congratulated the class on their accomplishments thus far, offering words of advice for the next leg of their journey. “You are a caring, compassionate group of young people who have the spirit and energy to change the things that need to be changed in this world,” Dr. DeRose said. She compared the challenges to those of David and Goliath, telling the graduates to stand strong no matter what they face. “There will be times you will be the underdog and face a much stronger opponent,” she said. “On your journey through life, you will encounter many situations where you will be the underdog. Class of 2014, go forward and take down Goliath.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Kelly also commended the graduates on their success. “It’s been an honor and privilege to watch you grow into the confident, kind and passionate young men and women you have become,” she said. “Today is a milestone that marks a wonderful chapter in your life. Take time to recognize the people who have made this possible – your family, friends, teachers, coaches and advisers. It’s time now for you to chart the course, set the sails and take charge of the next leg of your journey.”

Salutatorian Bilah Verno said she believed every one of her fellow classmates has what it takes to be successful in life. “Students in this class can do great things if we apply ourselves to the maximum capacity,” Verno said. “We overcame obstacles that were put before us. No matter what path you take it life, give it your all and you will succeed.”

Valedictorian David Holmes asked his fellow classmates how hard they are willing to work for what they want out of life. “What are you willing to do for what you believe?” he asked. “Nobody said it would be easy. We are a class of many different races, ethnicities and personalities. Today we come together as one, the Class of 2014. Our journey is not over. Learn from your mistakes; grow into the amazing people I know you all are. Your life is your book. You write the pages. How would you like people to read it?”

After remarks by 2014 President Stanley Colas and class adviser Maria Carrua, who both offered congratulations and well wishes for the soon-to-be graduates, the presentation of diplomas was met with roaring applause by all. Congratulations to the Amityville High School Class of 2014!




Top 25 Honored

Amityville Memorial High School hosted a special “Top 25 Breakfast” in the school courtyard for the 25 top-ranked students in the Class of 2014. Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary T. Kelly and Interim Principal Dr. Mary DeRose were among those on hand to praise the students on their excellent achievement this year. Top 25 member Anthony Abate entertained the group by performing the saxophone.

Track Stars Compete at States & Nationals; Place High in Multiple Competitions

The Amityville Memorial High School Warrior spring track team sent five runners to the New York State championships in Syracuse last weekend, where Travon Duncan finished 3rd overall in the entire state in the 110 high hurdles competition.  Travon was joined in Syracuse by Devante Duhancy, Collin Koward, Hassan Matthews, and Kaashief Morgan who competed in the 4x1 relay, finishing 9th overall.

The group competed at the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina this past weekend, where they were accompanied by teammates Brenden Paula and Aasin Thomas. In the Emerging Elite  4x200 meter relay Hassan, Travon, Brenden  and Kaashief finished 3rd and ran the fastest time on Long Island. In the Emerging Elite 800-meter sprint medley relay Travon, Hassan, Devante and Kaashief teamed up to finish 4th and ran the 2nd fastest time on Long Island.

Their coach is Reynolds Hawkins, with help from Jerry Pollock.

Congratulations to the team on another successful showing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014