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National Merit Scholarship Commendations

Thirty-four seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). To achieve this honor, they placed among the top 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million juniors who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Each Commended Student received a Letter of Commendation in recognition of exceptional academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some become candidates for scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. A NMSP spokesperson said, "The young men and women named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. They represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

North High Commended Students are - Simona Fine, Lauren Hakimi, Sasha Hakimian, Noah Okin, Jade Pan, Hong Tam, Ashley Yu, and Elaine Zhang.

South High Commended Students are - Hannah Chang, Katelyn Chang, Shao Chen, Jacob Glueck, Clara Goldberger, Nicole Hu, Times Hwang, Grace Jiang, Jessica Ye Jiang, Shawn Kang, Nurin Keshwani, Daniel Kim, Noah Kniesly, Jenny Li, Derek Lin, Yuhan Liu, Wendy Mo, Alexandra Rigos, Patrick Shen, Michelle Song, Richard Song, Michael Sun, Cindy Wang, Aaron Yam, Ava Zhang, and Michael Zhang.


Village School Wins Finance Award

The Village School has again been named a W!SE Blue Star School having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. This marks the ninth time the school earned this award, which will be presented in November. The award is for the 2016-17 academic year. W!SE gives its award criteria as: "A school, testing more than 10 students, must have achieved an 80 percent passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test." Jeffrey Bernstein, Village School social studies/economics teacher, said, "We had 13 out of our 15 economics students take the Test achieving a school average of 81. Two students were unable to take the Test due to a scheduling conflict." David Anderson, W!SE executive vice president, said of the Village School: "We are proud of your students' accomplishment and of your teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate. You have given your students vital knowledge about their personal finances and provided them with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults." The Certification Test, designed by W!SE (Working in Support of Education) on behalf of the New York Financial Literacy Coalition, reflects the New York State Education Department's economic curriculum on finance. It evaluates students' knowledge of banking, savings, investing, credit, insurance, and money management, and also gauges their ability to manage their own finances. The New York Financial Literacy Coalition works with non-profit organizations, financial service firms, teachers, school administrators, and parents. The W!SE program, developed in 2003 in Queens and the Bronx, has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including receiving the US Treasury Department's John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.


GNPS/TV Wins Awards


Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV), for the third year in a row, took top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and also earned a special award at the Broadcast Awards for Senior High (BASH). The district won two ACM 2017 Hometown Media Awards that were presented at a ceremony in Minneapolis, in August. Awards were for Best Broadcast of a Performance or Concert (for the South High School production of the opera, Carmen) and for Best Film (for the 2016 film, Spaghetti Dinner, an annual South Middle School event). BASH presented GNPS/TV with a special Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their longstanding commitment to broadcast programs. South Middle, in particular, was honored for having the longest media program in a public school. The program began when the school opened in 1958, under the leadership of Vera Larner who taught TV and radio classes. The BASH ceremony was held in June, at Southold High School. Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, said, "The ACM awards not only recognize educational programs, but combine Public Access TV and government channels throughout the country, making the competition extremely challenging. Both the ACM and BASH awards are a true testament to the outstanding work that our students do every day, as well as a statement about the wonderful school district and our Board of Education that allow them to thrive." For information about GNPS/TV and its student-produced programming, please contact Mr. Zahn by e-mail at, or by phone at (516) 441-4676.


District Faculty Recital

Faculty Recital

Mark your calendars for the Great Neck Public Schools District Faculty Recital to be presented on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. At this annual event, you'll hear instrumental and vocal music performed by the district's incredibly talented faculty and friends. Tickets at the door are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults (suggested donations). Proceeds will benefit the Music Scholarship Fund.