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Singers Chosen for BU Tanglewood

BU Tanglewood

South High School sophomores Daniella Brancato and Justin Lin have been accepted to the highly prestigious Young Artists Vocal Program (YAVP), at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. YAVP will be held from July 2-Aug. 12. Daniella, a mezzo-soprano, and Justin, who sings tenor, will be part of a group of 70 talented high school singers from 35 states and 12 countries. Locally, Daniella recently sang at the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Ceremony, giving a moving rendition of "Amazing Grace." Dr. Pamela Levy is vocal music teacher for Daniella and Justin. According to the YAVP Web site, the Program "nurtures and encourages the development of gifted young singers who wish to pursue professional studies and performance." YAVP offers students private lessons, solo voice classes, and vocal coaching, as well as recital and opera scenes performances. In addition to daily chorus rehearsals and performances, students will participate in academic classes, master classes, and special performances with such groups as the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Three Top Prizes at Photography Competition

Camera Clu

South High School students took the top three prizes in the recent Zirinsky Award for Artistry in Photography competition sponsored by the Manhasset Great Neck Camera Club. Richard Lau took First Place, Joelle Siong Sin won Second Place, and Wai Hei (Ray) Ngan captured Third Place. The three were chosen from a field of some 150 entries. Richard's photo was titled, "Memorial"; Joelle's was titled, "Forest"; and Ray's photo was titled, "Pink." Their photography teachers at South High are Safia Fatimi and Lisa Stancati. Photos were judged by a panel of club members based on: a mastery of the basic rules of photography, technical ability, originality, stylistic approach, expression of imagination, inferred beauty, and emotion or power. The Zirinsky Award contest is designed to promote interest in fine art photography and camera clubs. The Award was established by Gilda Zirinsky in memory of Daniel Zirinsky, both long-time members and benefactors of the Manhasset Great Neck Camera Club


No Place for Hate Schools

No Place For Hate

North Middle School and South Middle School were recently recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as official Gold Star No Place for Hate Schools at a ceremony held at New York University. At the event, each school received their No Place for Hate banner. North Middle students who attended the recognition ceremony are members of the school's Student Community Organization and actively support the school's Dare to Care/No Place for Hate initiative. The students from South Middle School at the ceremony were winners in the school's Poster Contest/Public Service Announcement for No Place for Hate. The No Place for Hate program provides a model for combating bullying, racism, and prejudice in schools. To become a No Place for Hate School, schools needed to form a committee to oversee and promote harmony and respect for differences, officially present the "Resolution for Respect," and hold three or more activities during the year that celebrated diversity and promoted respect. North Middle Principal Gerald Cozine said, "We still have work to do to make sure that we provide the most inclusive and supportive environment possible, but the No Place for Hate recognition indicates that we are taking steps in the right direction."


Science Olympiad Team Wins Top Award


After winning First Place in the Nassau West Regional, South High School's Science Olympiad Team went on to capture Fourth Place at the State level, establishing a "new best for our team, raising the bar even higher," said Team Coach James Truglio. Team members are: Adrian Chen, Kelley Chiu (treasurer), Victoria Chiu, Yiqing (Elissa) He (vice president), Lynn Hlaing (captain), Elliot Horowitz, Jessica Li Jiang, Allan Lee, Yuhan Liu, Kimberly Lu, Justin Ning, Jennifer Wang, Melody Yang (president), Ann Zhang (captain), Jaysen Zhang (captain), William Zheng. Other Olympiad coaches are science teachers Abby-Jo Brighton and Nicole Spinelli.