Words and actions are two of the items that motivate Earl L. Vandermeulen High School student Drew Sora. A junior, Drew was selected by Principal John Ruggero to serve as the school’s student representative to the Port Jefferson Civic Association. In his new and historic role, Drew will share the happenings and successes of the high school at the Association’s monthly meetings. His first meeting in September highlighted the district’s summer programs, and his next meeting in October will be a time to celebrate some of the school’s community involvement. This includes the Royal Educational Foundation’s Family Fun Run – which this year honors Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Robert Neidig as the winner of the Jill Nees-Russell Power of One Award – and the pep rally, spirit days, homecoming parade and games.
“Drew’s involvement will certainly foster interest from his peers, younger students, teachers and others on the valuable connection between school and community,” Mr. Ruggero said.
Drew’s public-speaking expertise has inspired him to run for the school’s Student Organization and to help others understand that they too can become involved in causes bigger than themselves. He looks forward to working in tandem with the Port Jefferson Village deputy mayor to invigorate interest in the village’s Youth Council.