Class of 2017--Barstow, Scott Moss & New Awards

The Class of 2017 valedictorians and salutatorians for John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School and William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School were featured previously. Other significant graduation awards include the annual Barstow and Scott Moss, and two new awards: George B. Motchkavitz Scholarship and PAL Senior Award. A look at these awards, and their recipients, follows.

Pu Viswanathan

Barstow Awards - The coveted Frederic Duclos Barstow Award was established in 1962 by Fran├žoise and William Barstow in memory of their only son who died of pneumonia at age 35. The Barstows were prominent Great Neck residents after whom Barstow Road is named. The Barstow Award is given annual to two students at each high school. Recipients of must be in the top 10 percent of their class and be "outstanding in leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and service." Each recipient receives a monetary prize. North High School's valedictorian and salutatorian are traditionally their school's Barstow Award winners. They are Valedictorian Zachary Lee and Salutatorian Joseph Taied; both were featured previously. South High's Barstow Award winners are Jabin Pu and Shrinath Viswanathan. Jabin Pu was an Advanced Placement Scholar and a member of several sports teams, including: Cross Country, Swimming, and Winter & Spring Track. She was a member of Community Action Committee, Indoor Climbing Club, and Yoga Club. Jabin will attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art. Shrinath Viswanathan was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. He was president of the Student Body and Future Educators of America, vice president of DECA, and treasurer of The Cure. Shrinath was a member of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Tennis teams, and a two-year participant in the Columbia University Science Honors Program. He will attend Carnegie Mellon University.


Scott Moss Memorial Award - The Scott Moss Award was established in 1977, in memory of Scott, who was an outstanding South High student until his death from cancer. The Award is given to the graduating senior who exemplifies the "service, concern, interest, and ability of Scott Moss." The recipient of the Scott D. Moss Memorial Award, given at South High School, is Haley Raphael. Haley was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student. She was active in Tennis, Robotics, DECA, Student Government, and TV Production. Haley was also co-editor-in-chief of The Southerner, the school newspaper. She will be attending Duke University in the fall.


George B. Motchkavitz Scholarship - The George B. Motchkavitz Scholarship, a new award at South High School this year, was established in memory of George Motchkavitz, a life-long resident of Great Neck and member of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company for over 70 years where he served as chief, president, and trustee. This award is given to the senior who has taken business/technology classes and who has demonstrated positive service to both South High and to the local community. This award will be given annually until 2027, which would have been Mr. Motchkavitz's 100th birthday. The first recipient of the George B. Motchkavitz Scholarship is Nicole Kuzler. Nicole was a member of Academic Outreach Club and Robotics. She participated in Junior Varsity Basketball and Varsity Softball. Outside of school, she was a member of Travel Softball for Team Xtreme and CYO Girls Basketball. Nicole was also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology where she will be studying engineering and plans to play softball.


PAL Senior Award - The PAL Senior Award, also a new award at South High, is given to a senior in good standing with the school who has a record of community service either with local youth or the elderly, or is involved in any public service program or school service club. The recipient of this award is Danielle Del Ponte. Danielle was an active participant in AWARE (All Ways are Really Exceptional) Club and Midnight Run. She played Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball, Varsity Lacrosse, and Varsity Soccer. Danielle also played on a travel soccer team and assisted the Great Neck Spirits Special Olympics Basketball Team. She will attend the State University of New York at Cortland.