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South High’s Battle of the Bands--June 2

SH Battle

On Friday, June 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the South High School Performing Arts Department will present its seventh annual “Battle of the Bands,” in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The concert will feature five live bands that will each perform a 15-minute set of music. Styles will range from classic rock to pop and alternative music. Featured will be songs from these famous recording artists: The White Strips, Foo Fighters, and Kansas. All performers are Great Neck Public School students. Most of the South High students began their studies in music through Guitar Program, Music Technology, Symphonic Band, or Jazz Band. Some learned to play independently. The winner of Battle of the Bands will receive a $100 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music stores and solidify their place in history on a plaque that is proudly displayed at South High. In addition to a panel of Great Neck teacher judges, the audience will also participate in selecting the winning band. Tickets: $5 (in advance); $10 (at the door). To reserve advance tickets, e-mail Anthony Virgilio, event organizer/music teacher, at Mr. Virgilio is enthusiastic that this year’s Battle of the Bands will again showcase contemporary music in an authentic live concert setting.


South High DECA Excels at ICDC
By Rachel Brenner, DECA president


The most recent competition for South High’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) was the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). DECA members traveled to Anaheim, California to compete against students from across the globe. Our chapter brought 38 students, and nine were named Finalists, scoring within the top 20 of their respective 300-member events. This is a historically high 24 percent of our students! Furthermore, 32 percent of the students who attended ICDC were awarded a Top 10 honor, whether it be for their Roleplay or Test. Five students also placed within the Top 10 of their event. After advancing to the finals, Celine Macura, Eugene Yi, and Kerr Yen Yoo all placed within the Top 10 of their respective events. Even more exciting, Aram Baghdassarian won Third Place in Business Growth Plan, while Kevin Ho took Second Place in Advertising Campaign. Finalists in the Top 20 included: Aram Baghdassarian, Business Growth Plan; Rachel Brenner, Automotive Services Marketing; Chi-An (Andrew) Chen and Adam Pramberger, Stock Market Game; Jiarong Fan, Accounting Application Series; Kevin Ho, Advertising Campaign; Celine Macura and Eugene Yi, Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making; and Kerr Yen Yoo, Business Growth Plan. Winners in the Top 10 Test were: Rachel Brenner, Automotive Services Marketing; Abigail Efrem, Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making; Benjamin Kobliner, Human Resources Management; and Haley Raphael, Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making. Top 10 Roleplay winners: Rachel Brenner, Automotive Services Marketing; and Celine Macura and Eugene Yi, Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making. At ICDC, students competed in a wide variety of events, ranging from Automotive Services Marketing to Travel & Tourism to Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan. Some students competed in a Roleplay event, in which students present inventive ideas from the viewpoint of a company employee. Students have 10 minutes to create an entire plan solving the problem their company faces; they are pushed to think both creatively and pragmatically. Other students competed in manual events. These students prepared for months, writing either 11- or 30-page papers, outlining their plans to increase the visibility or profitability of real companies. Despite their differing events, students devoted a colossal amount of time to preparing for ICDC. They poured over industry reports, practice tests, and review sheets, acquiring knowledge of industry jargon and trends. Students also worked with DECA’s dedicated advisors, Sheryl Demetres and Rick Vine, practicing and honing their presentations after school and during free periods. Each year, the most successful yet unquantifiable aspect of ICDC includes the overall experience. Throughout the five-day competition, students network with others from around the world, spanning from Spain to Guam to China. They step outside their comfort zones, take leadership roles, and partake in new experiences. This aspect of ICDC is potentially the most rewarding and exciting. Finally, a personal anecdote--I went from being a scared and easily intimidated freshman, with legs and voice shaking, during an initial practice Roleplay, to a senior who, at a Roleplay at ICDC, was congratulated by a judge on my wealth of knowledge and who offered me future employment at his automobile dealership. This four-year transformation in preparing me for the “real world” happened through DECA and our wonderful faculty advisors, Ms. Demetres and Mr. Vine. I continue to be amazed by their continued devotion to this organization and its members. Their dedication, intelligence, empathy, and kindness inspire not only me, but all DECA members. They have cultivated an unparalleled program that allows students to reach their maximum potential as they transform into self-assured future leaders.


Pen Pal Buddies

LV Pen Pals

Fifth-grade students in Adrienne Hoshino’s classat Lakeville School participated in a Pen Pal Program with South High School’s AWARE Club. The two groups enjoyed sharing ideas with each other as they exchanged letters over many months. The AWARE Club (All Ways Are Really Exceptional) is a pen pal club that interacts with elementary school students. South High students visit the participating elementary school and the elementary school students visit South High to not only meet with their pen pal buddies, but also to experience a taste of the school’s technology, arts, music, and/or physical education offerings. Allison Gottfried is AWARE Club faculty advisor.


MathCounts Team Wins at State Competition

SM MathCounts

South Middle School’s MathCounts Team of Diana Chu, Matthew Tsui, Jansen Wong, Anthony Zhan, and Zimi Zhang took Fifth Place overall at the New York State MathCounts Competition held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY. The South Middle team competed against some 50 other schools at the event. In addition, Anthony Zhan took First Place in the fast-paced “Countdown Round,” and Fifth Place in individual events, competing against over 200 other students. Earlier in the year, the South Middle Team took a Second Place at the Long Island Chapter MathCounts competition qualifying them to participate at the State level. Mathematics teacher Diane Hodgson is faculty advisor/coach for the South Middle Team.


Board Commends North High Students

NH Board Recognition

Seventy-nine North High School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Students, in alphabetical order: Sherzod Bakhtiyorov, Isabelle Benilevi, Liane Bluth, Sidney Boker, Nicholas Bornstein, Breanna Brady, Gabriella Burgos, Melina Cornejo, Arlette Dilmanian, Julia Eshaghpour, Leila Eshaghpour, Adriana Ghalandar, Lauren Goldsamt, Julia Goldsamt, Jordan Greiff, Zachary Hackman, Julia Hackman, Sidonya Hakimi, Cate Hakimian, Corbin Hakimian, Ashley Hakimian, Emma Hakimian, Delilah Harounian, Leanne Hope, Weiyin Jiao, Jared Kaiman, Solly Kasab, Suyun Kim, Leah Klempner, Vanessa Kordmany, Jay Korman, Samantha Kramer, Michelle Lalehzar, Vanessa Lamoretti, Samantha LaRossa, Zachary Lee, Isabel Lesser, Julia Lesser, Camryn Lessing, Erica Levy, Ronald Li, Shijing Liu, Victoria Liu, Michael Liuim, Alexandra Lux, Martha Mena, Alexandra Mirro, Darby Moezinia, Maya Mualem, Maya Nasibi, Sofia Notar-Francesco, Caroline O’Byrne, Jennifer Otruba, Rachel Pourmoradi, Julia Prager-Hessel, Lauren Rahmanim, Samuel Ressler, Jared Schwartz, Victoria Sedgh, Jacob Seidenberg, Ethan Shaktman, Ethan Shekib, Leila Shirian, Keren Slepack, Jessica Smith, Nicole Solemanyan, Aava Soleymani, Julia Steiner, Valerie Szuster, Talia Torkian, Katie Tropp-Levy, Arleigh Wasserman, Matthew Weinstein, Justin Wooster, Gary Yao, Aaron Young, Judy Zhang, Yunyi Zhang, and Jordan Zivan. Joining them were Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and Trustees Donald Ashkenase, Susan Healy, and Donna Peirez), and school and district administrators.


HOSA Wins at State Competition


Members of South High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club took home a trove of medals, including over a dozen First Place, at the recent state competition, and 37 medalists will now advance to the national level to be held in Orlando, FL, in late June. At the state competition, students medaled in such categories as: Creative Problem Solving, Clinical Nursing, Dental Science, Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine, Human Growth & Development, Medical Math, Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Pharmacology, Transcultural Health Care, and Veterinary Science. HOSA Club activities are self-funded. Faculty Advisor is science teacher Dr. Steven Tringali. The HOSA Web site explains the purpose of the organization as one that “develops leadership and technical skills through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which are an integral part of the health science education instructional program.”