Junior Science Winners

Three South High students garnered top awards at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and will now advance to the National JSHS in San Diego. Of the 225 students who submitted papers to the JSHS, only 90 were chosen to present their work. Four North High students and one from South High had the honor of presenting their work, but were not among the top award winners. JSHS faculty advisors were Alan Schorn for the North High students and Carol Hersh for South's. The JSHS is sponsored by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, and administered by Academy of Applied Science.


LISEF Winners

North and South High School students took First, Second, and Third Place Awards, and other top honors, at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (LISEF). A South High student took a First Place in Behavioral Science. She will now advance to compete at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), to be held in May, in Los Angeles. Second Place Awards were won by two South students. Third Place Awards were garnered by three North students and one student from South. Honorable Mentions were won by two South students. Special Awards included: Air Force Awards, Mu Alpha Theta Award for Mathematics, and American Psychological Association Award. Faculty advisors for LISEF are: Alan Schorn at North High and Carol Hersh at South High.


North Student Chosen as Conference Speaker

A North High School senior has been chosen to be a presenter at Customer Connect 2011, a forum sponsored by Mahindra Satyam. The event theme is "Generation C" (content-centric, community-oriented, and connected). It will be held in early May in Boston. She will be one of 22 speakers and the only student. She will speak about her research project, "Communication Underload: Validating the Existence of Disconnect Anxiety," to an audience eager to know more about the generation she represents. In her research, she studied the effects of separating teens from their cell phones to see if they would experience anxiety similar to withdrawal. She isolated 150 high school students (half were allowed to keep their cell phones and half not) and compared their levels of anxiety. She found no significant differences between the groups. Those without phones did not exhibit "withdrawal" anxiety, rather they were simply bored. She was previously named an Intel Science Talent Search Second Place Winner and a Young Epidemiology Scholar Finalist for her project. Mahindra Satyam is a leading information, communications, and technology company.


An Evening with the Long Island Sound

On Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m., North High School will present its inaugural concert of a new and exciting vocal ensemble--The Long Island Sound. The event will be at the school, 35 Polo Road. The informal evening will feature ensemble and solo music. The entire ensemble will perform a medley from South Pacific, four songs from the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album, and several songs from the classic pop/rock era. Roger Ames is the choral director for this singing group that he calls "fabulous…very, very talented and full of great energy." The Long Island Sound is composed of 22 freshmen singers. The working title for this newly formed group was "Freshman Ensemble," but it soon changed after they brainstormed their clever name. They have chosen to continue together throughout their high school years, as a "glee club" in service to the school and the community. Other upperclassmen will be invited to audition over the next three years. The public is invited to the May 5 event. The auditorium "arena" is the venue. Admission is free. For more information, contact Mr. Ames at rames@greatneck.k12.ny.us.


One-Act Festival at South High

South High School will present its annual One-Act Festival of senior-directed plays on four evenings: Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, and Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. All performances begin at 8 p.m. One Acts to be presented include: Audience by Michael Frayn; Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang; Noah's Pub, written and directed by a student; The Searcher by Frederick Stropell; Subway Circus by William Saroyan; The Tarantino Variation by Seth Kramer; and Wanda's Visit by Christopher Durang. The One-Act plays are suitable for grades 7 and up. For tickets, contact Thomas Marr, drama teacher, at 441-4851.


Absentee Ballots for School District Voting

Qualified resident voters of the Great Neck Public School district may obtain applications for absentee ballots for the May 17 school district election from the district Web site (greatneck.k12.ny.us--click on Budget, then choose Absentee Ballot) or from the Office of the District Clerk, Great Neck Public Schools, Phipps Admin. Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Absentee ballots are automatically sent to residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked "permanently disabled" by the Board of Elections. Completed absentee ballots from approved applicants must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 17. For more information, please call the District Clerk at (516) 441-4020.


One-Session Workshops at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers a variety of one-session courses on topics of interest for enjoyment and to enhance knowledge and skills. The month of June includes two culinary arts classes, one featuring an alternative to take-out, and the other, a savory Italian menu. Also scheduled is an all-day defensive driving class for point reduction, a discussion of elder law with ways to plan for the future and protect assets, and a photography workshop at beautiful Steppingstone Park. All meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., unless noted. Courses are described below. For additional information or to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949, or visit our Web site, www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration.

Tired of Take-Out?

Have you promised yourself to prepare more meals at home? Lisa Levine-Bernstein returns with a class devoted to the preparation of food that is quick, nutritious, delicious, and uses local, seasonal produce. On the menu: chilled summer soup, grilled fish, roasted vegetables, salad, and a summer fruit cobbler. Class meets Wednesday, June 1, from 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $39.

Italy Off the Tourist Track

Just about everybody's first trip to Italy includes Rome, Florence, and Venice. Instructor/Chef Michael Krondl will lead us on a culinary tour of the lesser known corners of Italy. Begin in Puglia, Italy's heel, with puddica (a zesty focaccia seasoned with tomatoes, garlic, oregano and sea salt). Then, sail up the Adriatic to the Marche region with an antipasto of seasonal zucchine ripiene alla marchigiana (baked zucchini stuffed with veal). On the other coast, call on the Aeolian Islands and a pasta course of spaghetti al pesto delle Lipari made with a summery mix of tomatoes, herbs, and nuts. It's like no pesto you've ever had. Then, sail to Sardinia for a lusty lamb stew with sun-dried tomatoes and fennel. Conclude in the Piedmont with an easy, but delicious, dessert of roasted amaretti-stuffed peaches. Class meets Wednesday, June 15, from 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $45.

Defensive Driving

The Empire Safety Council, in cooperation with the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, offers a way for drivers to lower automobile-insurance premiums, reduce driver-record violation points, and sharpen driving skills. This six-hour classroom course addresses accident-prevention skills. On completion, you will be eligible for a three-year, 10-percent discount on collision and liability premiums (including property damage, bodily injury, and personal-injury protection) on all vehicles for which you are listed as principal operator. Four points will also be deducted from the total on your driver record, if you have incurred violations during the 18-month period prior to completing the course. Bring driver's license and pen. Allow 6-8 weeks for certification. Roger Chizever teaches this class on Saturday, June 4, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (half-hour break; bring lunch). Fee: $40.

Elder Law

Focus on protecting your assets as well as your dignity. Discuss what you can do right now to secure your future and ensure that you are not too late to plan and protect your assets from costly medical bills. Learn about health-care proxies, powers of attorney, living wills, paying for long-term-care costs, Medicaid eligibility requirements, and asset protection. Create a living will in class and have a head-start on your estate-planning needs. Estate-planning attorney Odelia Goldberg leads this class on Thursday, June 16, from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $15.

Photo Workshop for Beginners

Lovely Steppingstone Park in Kings Point is the venue as we explore bridges, bays, landscapes, and buildings through the eye of the camera. Develop and enhance your skills to capture quality imagery and get the most from your camera. Gain an understanding of how to use the basic elements and settings of your camera during the first half of this workshop. Then, a minimum of two hours will be spent capturing outdoor images and applying the techniques that were taught earlier. The workshop will conclude with a critique of images selected from each participant. Bring your fully charged, digital, point-and-shoot or single-lens-reflex camera. Instructor Jeffrey Kollbrunner is a wildlife photographer. He works with NYC Audubon as a consultant, photographer, and technical advisor. Enrollment limited to 10. Class meets on Saturday, June 18 (rain date June 25), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Steppingstone Park. Fee: $95.