Twins honored by BOE for athletic accomplishments

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Seniors Jack Collins and Joey Collins were recognized by the Board of Education for their contributions to the district’s athletic program throughout their high school and middle school years.

In an uplifting tribute by Dr. Danielle Turner, the district’s athletic director, the twin brothers were praised for their individual commitment, character, leadership and ability to overcome challenges that stand in the way of success.

Jack, the senior quarterback for the football team, was a two-time Newsday grid-iron great; named All-County and third team All-State; set school records including completions (143), yards passing (2261, second in Suffolk County) and 18 touchdown passes; and was the first Port Jefferson football player to be named the Most Valuable Player in Suffolk County Division 4 football. He is looking at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology or Case Western to continue his football career next year.

Turner also read words of praise for Jack from football coach Andrew Cosci and baseball coach Jess Rosen, and for Joey from wrestling coach Mike Maletta for his successes on the wrestling mat during his high school career.

“Jack and Joey have changed the way many of their peers, teammates and teachers view the world,” Turner said. “Their character, commitment and dedication to Port Jefferson athletics and to their community is without equal.”