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COURTESY PHOTOS | The Spain travellers (back row, from left) Michael Payano, Devon Bolton, Taylor McNemar, Owen Gibbs and Janine Mahoney; (front row, from left) Laura Mayo, Camryn Page, Mia Clark, Lizzie Cummings, Madi Hallman, Bianca Evangelista, Issie Sherman and Brenda Mayo.

COURTESY PHOTOS | The Spain travelers (back row, from left) Michael Payano, Devon Bolton, Taylor McNemar, Owen Gibbs and Janine Mahoney; (front row, from left) Laura Mayo, Camryn Page, Mia Clark, Lizzie Cummings, Madi Hallman, Bianca Evangelista, Issie Sherman and Brenda Mayo.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Shelter Island Educational Foundation, assistance from the Lions Club and a great amount of fundraising, earlier this month, 10 Shelter Island students (and their chaperones) traveled to Cádiz, Spain where they spent 10 days living with host families in this coastal Atlantic city.

A bike tour included a stop at Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

A bike tour included a stop at Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

After attending school daily, the group explored old Cádiz — thought to be the oldest city in Western Europe. They toured on bicycle, learned flamenco, explored Phonecian ruins, dined on tapas, cooked paella, surfed, and mastered the use of public transportation.

Two day-trips to the British territory of Gibraltar and the city of Sevilla were highlights. From Gibraltar, students were able to see the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the continent of Africa, all from one view. In Sevilla, the group visited the site of the creation of the first world map and the cathedral holding the remains of Christopher Columbus.

After 10 wonderful days, the students sadly said adiós to their host families and returned home, a little better at Spanish, a little more independent, and ready to take on the world.

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05/17/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO The 2017 Shelter Island varsity softball team. Bottom row, from left, Bianca Evangelista, Melissa Frasco, Isabella Fonseca and Maria Carbajal. Top row, from left, Jennifer Lupo, Sarah Lewis, Phoebe Starzee, Lauren Gurney, Emily Strauss, Amira Lawrence, Julia Labrozzi, Annabella Springer, Domily Gil, Coach Jackie Brewer. Lily Garrison and Audrey Wood are absent from picture.

COURTESY PHOTO The 2017 Shelter Island varsity softball team. Bottom row, from left, Bianca Evangelista, Melissa Frasco, Isabella Fonseca and Maria Carbajal. Top row, from left, Jennifer Lupo, Sarah Lewis, Phoebe Starzee, Lauren Gurney, Emily Strauss, Amira Lawrence, Julia Labrozzi, Annabella Springer, Domily Gil and Coach Jackie Brewer. Lily Garrison and Audrey Wood are absent from the picture.

The Shelter Island Varsity softball team finished its season with an away game in Port Jefferson on May 9. The Port Jeff team graciously included our seniors in its senior send-off game, as did our other away opponent, Southold/Greenport the day before.

Flowers were distributed and a few tears were choked back as seniors and team co-captains Julia Labrozzi and Melissa Frasco began to share the “last” bus ride, at bat, etc., with fellow seniors Amira Lawrence and Domily Gil. This was such a nice display of sportsmanship since our own home senior send-off game was cancelled due to rain and could not be rescheduled. (more…)