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- North High School has two Finalists teams--the only ones from New York State--in the international 2013 CSAW@NYU-Poly HSF Competition (Cyber Security Awareness Week High School Forensics). The teams are August Chen, Jessy Lin, and Ashley Radparvar; and Maxwell (Max) Ainatchi and Daniel Hanover. North's teams are among the 14 Finalist teams from a field of over 200 entrants.
- Two brothers, from North Middle School and from Baker School, have been named Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury Campus Center. They are eighth-grader Michael and fifth-grader Albert. They are among 80 Young Scholars selected from some 700 top-ranking Long Island math students who competed for this honor.
- Four Great Neck Public Schools seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the most prestigious student competitions in the science community. They are Luhong (Larry) Li, Clara Sava-Segal, and Terry Wei from North High School, and Lelina Chang from South High School. North High science research advisors were Alan Schorn and Dr. Marie Van Nieuwenhuizen. Dr. Carol Hersh was South's science research advisor.
- Eight students have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Middle School Honor Concert Band to be held in Syracuse, in early March 2014. These students were selected by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators after evaluating recordings of their performances. Participating in the Honor Concert Band from North Middle School will be eighth-grader Matthew (trumpet). His instrumental music teacher is Matthew Trinkwald. South Middle eighth-graders who will be participating in the Honor Concert Band are: Kelly (oboe), Stephen (bass clarinet), and Katelyn (flute). Seventh-grade participants will be Jeremy (oboe), Rachel (flute), Noah (trumpet), and Eric (clarinet). Their teacher is Alan Schwartz, music department head. Out of the 260 students who applied to the NYS Middle School Honor Band, only 98 students were selected to participate--these students are among the best band players for their age in the state.
- Cristina Lai, a South High School senior, is a recipient of a Rising Scientist Award, presented by the Child Mind Institute, for her outstanding achievements in science. Cristina was one of 10 twelfth-graders in the New York metropolitan area to receive the award. Additionally, the science department of each award recipient's school received $500 to be used toward supplies, equipment, and books. Students were nominated by their school and then selected by the Institute through an open submission process that involved reviewing student research papers, presentations, and articles that featured each nominee's accomplishments in science and research, as well as their academic and extracurricular activities. Dr. Carol Hersh, Cristina's Advanced Placement Chemistry and Science Research teacher at South High, explained that she was nominated for this award "based on her strong performance in her science courses and in Science Research, as well as her contribution to the Science Olympiad team."
- Five secondary students were selected for the 2013-14 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestra. This musical experience, held Nov. 15-17, brings together Long Island's highly talented, young string musicians. Emily, North High School eleventh-grade cellist, will be participating in the High School Division (grades 10-12). Junior High Division (grades 8-9) participants are: North High ninth-grade violinist Matthew; and eighth-grade violinists Keva from North Middle, and Adrian and Asia from South Middle. Participation in LISFA is an outstanding accomplishment. These students help to set an example of excellence for their classmates in their instrumental music programs. They are taught by instrumental music teachers Joseph Rutkowski at North High, Matthew Trinkwald at North Middle, and Alan Schwartz at South Middle.
- Alyson Lamonte, a physical education teacher at the J.F. Kennedy School, will be the recipient of the Nassau Zone Amazing Person Award, to be presented at the annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Conference in November. The Nassau Zone is a local division of AHPRERD. Ms. Lamonte is a worthy recipient of this Award as reflected in several of her Nassau Zone accomplishments. She is an active board member of the Nassau Zone for over five years and was the program planner for the annual Physical Education and Health Conference. She was on the Get Moving New York Committee that encourages people to "get up and move" based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity. Ms. Lamonte recently chaired the Elementary and Middle School Awards Committee that recognizes one male and one female graduate from each school who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in physical education. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Nassau Zone Service Award.
- Three Great Neck Public Schools teachers--Roger Ames, Joseph Rutkowski, and Daniel Weinstein--have excelled professionally in their respective areas, as elaborated below. Roger Ames, resident composer and former vocal music teacher at North High School, is the co-author of three books on teaching opera that are part of an ongoing series titled, "Music! Words! Opera!" The books are: Hansel and Gretel, Aida, and Create Your Own Opera. Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher at North High School, was the highlighted contributor to the cover-story article, "The Art of Teaching Music," in the July/August 2013 issue of Allegro, the magazine of Associated Musicians of Greater New York. Mr. Rutkowski was one of several music teachers asked to explain how to be an effective teacher since, whether planned or not, teaching becomes part of most musicians' careers. Daniel Weinstein, who teaches Advanced Placement Language & Composition and Creative Writing at South High School, will be making presentations at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference in October, and at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in November. At the NYSEC event, Mr. Weinstein will speak on "The Creativity Core: Transforming Language Arts Classrooms into Creativity Workshops." (He has also written a practical manual for teachers on this topic.)
- Twenty South High School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are: Alexandra, Elizabeth, May Hlaing, Da Young (Clara), David, Joseph, Kevin, Kyutae (John), Allison, Kara, Cristina, Christine, Lora, Alexander, Seung Yeon (Christine), Radhika, Avir, Caroline, Angell, and Chae Rin. The Semifinalists scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. a soloist). She is also a member of
North's Tri-M Music Honor Society. Paula performs at North under
the guidance of Roger Ames, vocal music teacher, and Joseph
Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher.
- Twelve highly talented high school music students have been selected for the competitive 2013 NYSSMA Conference All-State, to be held in Rochester, Dec. 5-8. In addition, nine students were named Alternates for the event. North High School All-State musicians are: Emily (cello, Symphony Orchestra), Leerone (violin, String Orchestra), Spencer (English Horn, Symphonic Band), and Eric (violin, Symphony Orchestra). North High Alternates are: Richard for vocal bass and jazz alto saxophone, and Lawrence, violin. North High instrumental students are taught by Joseph Rutkowski. Vocal students are taught by Dr. Janine Robinson and Roger Ames. Instrumental students selected for All-State from South High are: Elizabeth (tenor saxophone, Symphonic Band), Rebecca (flute, Symphonic Band), Alison (violin, String Orchestra), and Emily (bassoon, Wind Ensemble). Vocal students selected: Diana (soprano, Women's Chorus), Michelle (soprano, Mixed Chorus), Jasmine (soprano, Women's Chorus), and Alex (bass, Mixed Chorus). South High alternates include: Justin (tenor), James (bass), Christine (flute), Rebecca (piccolo), Grace (cello), Sherry (cello), and Anne (cello). South High students are taught by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal teacher. At the All-State Conference, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the State's finest student musicians will perform together in various ensembles. Thousands of students auditioned for this competition last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the State.
- North High School senior Paula has been selected to perform at the eighth annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Piano Showcase, in Rochester, on Dec. 6. She is among the 11 talented young pianists chosen from 71 perfect-score applicants statewide. At the Showcase, Paula will perform Jardins sous la pluie, from "Estampes," by Claude Debussy. She played oboe in the North High band and is a member of the Chorus and the school's Tri-M Music Honor Society. In addition, Paula was recently named a Newsday Scholar Artist for excellence in the arts and academics. Her faculty sponsor for the Showcase was Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher.
- Two talented South High School seniors have been selected for the highly prestigious 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 27–30. They are Jessica, who will sing alto in the All-National Mixed Choir, and Sam, who will play violin in the All-National Symphony Orchestra. Jessica's South High teacher is Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music director; Sam is a student of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head. Selection to All-National is the highest honor music high school students can receive. Applications were received from student musicians of NAfME members from throughout the United States. A total of 671 students were selected for All-National chorus, orchestra, or band, with 77 students coming from New York State. NAfME (National Association for Music Education) sponsors the All-National Conference which alternates each year with the All-Eastern Conference.