Outstanding Students - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1705805

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our four Noyac Civic Council Scholarship recipients: Yanni Bitis, Heidi Bucking, Dylan Hewett and Halle Kneeland. These teens demonstrated superior scholarship, leadership and outstanding service to our community.

Yanni Bitis will attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Yanni has dedicated enormous time tutoring younger students in their classwork and homework. He used his theatrical skills to help young actors learn their lines and songs and assisted in many of Pierson’s plays backstage. Perhaps you may get a chance to hear Yanni sing in the choir of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Southampton.

Heidi Bucking will be studying ocean engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and she volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Global Leadership Adventures and the South Fork Natural History Museum. Heidi also is a CPR instructor who taught CPR to middle school youngsters.

Dylan Hewett plans to study music and physics at Gettysburg College. Because of his extensive talent as a cellist, Dylan will be part of the Sunderman Conservatory’s class of 2024. Some of Dylan’s service includes playing the cello and bass guitar with the pit crew for several Pierson High School theatrical productions, and playing in the Grace Presbyterian Church’s music team. Dylan had a unique opportunity to help renovate a house in Belize with a mission group.

As a cancer survivor, Halle Kneeland was given a second chance at life and will pursue a career in nursing. Her goal is to work with children in a cancer treatment center and share her story. Halle volunteered at the pharmacy at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, delivering medications to various units, including the ICU. In addition, Halle started the Pierson Green Club, organized Pierson’s recycling system, and participated in Earth Day fundraisers for the Sierra Club. Halle also participated in community cleanups and works with school-age children in the Science and Gardening Club’s greenhouse.

The NCC is proud of these scholarship winners and wish them well in reaching their dreams. These young adults are an inspiration to others.

The NCC was able to give four scholarships this year because of the generosity of those who attended our Holiday Dinner Dance in November 2019, held at the Coast Grill. Thank you to those who donated gifts, purchased tickets and purchased raffle tickets. These youngsters are benefiting from your civic-mindedness and generosity.

Elena Loreto


Noyac Civic Council


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