Hall of Fame and Awards

Since 2009, the West Babylon Alumni Foundation has recognized the exceptional achievements of West Babylon Graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society and non-graduates who have made contributions to the betterment of the West Babylon School District and community.

Each year we host an event to honor these individuals who are inducted into the Hall of Fame or are recipients of the Board of Director Awards.

Hall of Fame Nominations Open

We are currently accepting applications for the Hall of Fame. Please download and submit the attached application.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

Award Ceremonies

2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame Induction and Board of Directors Awards ceremony was held on January 14, 2022. Scroll down for a video of the event. Board of Directors’ Award Charles Volpe 2021 Hall…

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2019 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

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2018 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Hall of Fame Inductees and Board of Director Award Recipients

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Walter "Wally" Alesse
Although Mr. Alesse says he has little memory of the beginning of his musical life, he does recall his mother telling him that one night around midnight, she and his father were awakened by the sound of the family piano.  She said she went to the parlor to find Wally playing…
Phillip D.  Ames
Phillip D. Ames
Phil Ames was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. In 1943, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Navy and ultimately, was sent to the South Pacific. He and June, his college sweetheart, graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1950 and were married soon after. They…
Dr. Mitchell Bellucci
Dr. Mitchell Bellucci
Class of  1973
After graduating from West Babylon High School in 1973, Mitchell Bellucci traveled to Nebraska for higher education and received a medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Moving back to the East Coast to practice medicine as an obstetrician gynecologist, he did his residency training at Women &…
Dr. John  Bernardo
Dr. John Bernardo
Class of  1964
John Bernardo is a 1964 graduate of West Babylon High School. He attended the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he earned a degree in Mathematics with honors, in June 1968. He worked briefly at Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage before enrolling at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in…
Anthony Cacciola
Anthony Cacciola
Class of  1979
Anthony Cacciola is a 1979 West Babylon graduate. He began working for the West Babylon Schools in 1976 when he was in 10th grade earning $2.85 an hour as a part-time custodian.  His father worked as a custodian there and his mother as a cook.   His goal was to save…
Constance "Connie" Campanella
Class of  1973
Constance Campanella is a 1973 graduate of West Babylon High School.  She later graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Speech Arts.   While entering Adelphi on a full scholarship to study Speech Pathology and Audiology, Connie’s long held fascination with politics and public policy found purpose in a campus organization…
Emanuel - Manny Campisi
Emanuel - Manny Campisi
Retired Principal Manny was born in Bushwick Brooklyn on February 29th 1936 and celebrated his 80th birthday this year. Manny and his beautiful wife Janet have been together for 65 years and married for 60 wonderful years. They have four fantastic daughters and five terrific grandsons. After graduating from Bushwick…
Dr. Anthony  Capone
Dr. Anthony Capone
Dr. Anthony Capone’s life began in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1927 where he attended Lafayette High School and graduated at the age of 16 due to his skipping a grade while in elementary school. After one year of college he proudly served in the US Army as a medic stationed in…
Thomas  Cilmi
Thomas Cilmi
Class of  1982
Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Cilmi graduated from West Babylon High School in 1982. In 1984, while working at the TSS Seedman’s Department Store, he me his wife Anna. Tom and Anna were married in 1987, own a home in Bay Shore and have two grown children, Stefanie and Thomas Michael.…
Justice Ralph  Costello
Justice Ralph Costello
Class of  1959
Justice Ralph Costello was born in Jamaica, Queens and moved to West Babylon in 1951 with his parents, his younger brother Frank and sister Margaret, now Margaret Bonventre. He was a member of the Class of 1959. As a student, he played football and was an early member of the…
Erica J. Crespi
Erica J. Crespi
Class of  1988
Erica Crespi graduated from West Babylon High School in 1988 then attended Lehigh University on an academic scholarship and graduated with a dual major in journalism and biology. After Lehigh, Erica continued her education by earning a fellowship at Wake Forest University to receive her Masters Degree, and followed that…
Dr. Jennifer Ann  D'Amico
Dr. Jennifer Ann D'Amico
Class of  1998
Dr. Jennifer Ann D’Amico was born in the Belmont section of the Bronx; was raised in Florida, and after her parents divorced, grew up on Long Island. Dr. D’Amico was always passionate about taking care of people, even as a child, and explored her interests in science and biology from…
Justin  Davies
Justin Davies
Class of  1994
Justin Davies, the son of Robert and Cynthia Davies, is a 1994 Graduate of West Babylon High School. Justin left his mark in West Babylon as an outstanding athlete and individual. During his years at WB, he was all-league and all-county in football and was an all-league and key member…
Harold  Dieterle
Harold Dieterle
Class of  1995
Harold Dieterle’s Italian-American upbringing is what first inspired him to be a chef; specifically, watching and assisting his mother prepare traditional Sicilian Sunday suppers in their Long Island home. His interest in cooking continued during junior high school, when he enrolled in a home economics class and first learned basic recipes…
Vincent  DiMartino
Vincent DiMartino
Class of  1966
In 1965 as a student at West Babylon, he was awarded an exchange student grant and graduated in 1966. Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after virtuoso trumpet performers and educators in the world. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, Professor DiMartino taught at…
Regina  Dooley
Regina Dooley
Class of  1980
Regina was born and raised in West Babylon. After graduation in 1980 Regina attended Adelphi University on an athletic scholarship. She was named the Adelphi University Sophomore Athlete of the Year. As a centerfielder for the Panthers, she was twice named a Division 1 second team All-American and was a…
Leroy Douglas
Leroy Douglas
Class of  1960
Leroy Douglas was raised in Wyandanch, NY. He attended West Babylon schools and graduated in 1960. “Roy” went on to attend Dowling College for his undergraduate degree and earned his master’s degree from New York University. An avid reader and lifelong learner, Roy began to teach in the New York…
Lawrence Doyle
Lawrence Doyle
Class of  1976
Lawrence Doyle, a 1976 graduate of West Babylon High School, is currently chairman and co-founder ofKinetics Asset Management, Inc., a 6 billion dollar asset management company located in Westchester County. After graduating from West Babylon, he attended Suffolk Community College and in 1978, graduated with an AAS degree. He continued…
Glen  Drewes
Glen Drewes
Class of  1967
Glenn Drewes, West Babylon Class of 1967, grew up on Bermuda Road. He began playing piano at the age of eight and trumpet in the sixth grade. He was inspired at an early age by his teachers Barry Titone, Ed DeIulio, Shirley LeVann and Wally Alesse. His mother was an…
James  Egbert
James Egbert
English Teacher West Babylon has been James Egbert’s professional home for more than two decades. Immediately after his hiring in 1996, he pioneered the district’s highly lauded inclusion program that stands today as the undisputed gold standard of teaching and learning excellence. A Hauppauge native and graduate, Mr. Egbert went…