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Famous Great Neck Alumni Pages include those graduates who have achieved success and prominence in their chosen field of endeavor. They are role models to past, present and future students because of their intellect, talent, creativity, skill, diligence, and commitment to excellence. They exemplify the capacity in all of us to aspire to greatness, follow our dreams and make a contribution to society. Their distinguished careers and lives are both a source of community pride and an inspiration to our individual and collective potential.

Nikki Blonsky, Actress
Class of 2006
Village School

A Hairspray Dream Come True
From Ice Cream Shop to Hairspray
David Aaron Carpenter, Violist
Class of 2004
Great Neck North High School

The Official David Aaron Carpenter Web Site
A Violist and His Friends

Nikki Blonsky, a 2006 Village School graduate, realized her childhood dream and was catapulted into fame when she won a world-wide talent search and was chosen to co-star in the musical movie version of the 2002 Broadway hit, Hairspray. The movie was released in the summer of 2007 and Nikki made her debut performance playing Tracy Turnblad, a zaftig Baltimore teen with big treased hair. She followed up that performance by playing Maggie Baker in the 2008 television movie Queen Sized. She is also known for her main role in the ABC Family series Huge and has made several televsion guest appearances. Prior to achieving fame, Nikki has performed in the Great Neck production of Hair and Alice in Wonderland. She also performed the National Anthem at local games and participated in the Concert for Katrian Relief at the Great Neck Library.

David Aaron Carpenter, a 2004 Great Neck North High School graduate, is a Princeton University alumnus and world-famous violist who performs with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. David began studying the violin at the age of six, and moved on to the viola at the age of 12. By age 16, he pursued both instruments in the pre-college divisions of Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music, Italy's Accademia Chigianna, Switzerland's International Music Academy, and the Verbier Festival Academy. David was the first Prize Winner of the 2005 Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artists Competition and the 2006 Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition. In 2007, David was the first American and the youngest performer selected as the new Music Protege in the Rolex Menor and Protege Arts Initaitive. In 2010, David received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Emily Hughes, Figure Skater
Class of 2007
Great Neck North High School

The Official Emily Hughes Web Site
Hughes Medals in First International
Sarah Hughes, Figure Skater
Class of 2003
Great Neck North High School

The Unofficial Sarah Hughes Webpage
Sweet Sixteen

Emily Hughes followed in her sister Sarah's footsteps while still blazing her own trail in the competitive world of figure skating. Emily was a published author at an early age, co-writing a book entitled "I am a Skater" in 2002. Emily won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships, the first major international event she entered. That same year, Emily placed sixth at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and was named an alternate to the 2006 Winter Olympics. When Michelle Kwan withdrew, Emily flew to Torino, Italy and placed seventh at the Olympic Games. Emily, a 2007 graduate of Great Neck North High School, attends Harvard University.

Sarah Hughes began skating at the age of 3 on the rink built by her father in their backyard. The rest, as they say, is history. Moving up the figure skating ranks, Sarah became the 1998 Junior National Figure Skating Champion, and placed fourth, third and second in the U.S. national competition in subsequent years. She was the 3rd Place Winner at the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships, and then, at the age of 16, she became a Gold Medalist at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Sarah is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and the James E. Sullivan Award which recognized her as the nation's top amateur athlete. Sarah, a 2003 graduate of Great Neck North High School, attended Yale University.