Late last spring, 14 Long Island students from Friends Academy and Portledge School journeyed to Normandy and joined with students from Germany and France to perform a peace play, marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This small troupe of high school students are bent on slowly healing emotional WWII rifts between the three nations of France, Germany and America — and, perhaps, charting a course for future peace and reconciliation throughout the world.
The play, in English, French and German, was performed throughout the region: on Utah Beach and in a museum there, in a theater in Cherbourg, along a waterway in one village and in the town square of Sainte-Mère-Église (the first town liberated by the Allies during WWII and a sister city to Locust Valley). The piece was written by French director Laurence Bohec and ratified by the French government as part of its official 70th D-Day anniversary activities.
As loving families and dedicated teachers and administrators came together to celebrate with pride and gratitude the outstanding accomplishments of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2014, the graduating seniors made their way out onto J.C. Maiden Field for the last time in their educational careers to accept their high school diplomas.
As the high school band, led by Nick Carbuto, struck up the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates proudly marched onto the field. The GCHS Concert Choir, led by Ed Norris, performed a marvelous rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” with senior Michael Banks conducting the GCHS “Alma Mater,” which followed. Graduating senior Alessandra Cappiello led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congratulations to all of the North Shore High School graduates and their families who attended the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. The ceremony was led by Principal Albert Cousins with speakers including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Valedictorian Adriana Rubertone, Salutatorian Michael Rovner, and North Shore Board of Education President Dr. Herman Berliner. To begin the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Class Presidents Carly Comitino and Angelina Corozzo, followed by the National Anthem sung by Maclean Ayers, accompanied by members of the North Shore High School band conducted by David Soto.
Valedictorian: Adriana Rubertone
Salutatorian: Michael Rovner
Best of luck and success to the students in the North Shore High School Graduating Class of 2014 including Lauren Abbondondolo, Griffin Thomas Albrecht, Gabriela Alvarado Amaya, Paola Elizabeth Alvarado Amaya, Christopher James Anderson, Evette Alexis Argyropoulos, Matthew Arnemann, Maclean Daniel Ayres, Kristen M. Barcellos, Daniel Christofer Basile, Adam Christopher Bell, Alexa Bennett, Toni Benvenuto, Marina Haley Bernesby, Esther C. Bley, Annah-Lauren Bloom, Shannon Bodo, Katherine Elizabeth Boehm, Matthew Collins Boz, Kayla O’Brien Brady, Alexander Brebenel, Meaghan Elizabeth Brennan, Phillip C. Buchan, Andie Rose Bulbin, Tess Burke, Nicholas S. Caldari, Julianna Capobianco, Quentin T. Capobianco, Kenzie Ann Cavaluzzo, Anton James Cefalù, Anthony Chang, Ariel F. Chevez, Patrick Chin, Nicole Blake Ciotoli, John Raymond Cirella, Talie Cohen, Michelle Sonia Cohn, Nicholas A. Colozzi, Carly Rose Comitino, Emily Ann Cook, Emily Elizabeth Cooke, Angelina Rita Corozzo, Connor Peter Costello, Breanna Leigh Cruz, Neila Stefanie A. Ramos da Cruz, Nicole Ludmilla A. Ramos da Cruz, Victoria D’Ambrosio, Nicholas Daley, Stephanie M. Damiano, Victoria Anne Danis, Joseph Thomas DeCurtis, Michael DelGaudio, Morgan Charles DeMartini, Domenico Alphonse DeNovellis, Robert James DiDio, John P. Diede, Dana DiGiovanni, Farah Gaziz Dimsuyu, Abigail Marie DiVincenzo, Emily Olivia Doering, Matthew Stephen Douglas, Joseph Andrew Dromm, Edward Dunphy, Maria Vasilia Efstratiou, Alexandra Nicole Eigo, Jose Escalante, Mark Eschen, Warren McLaughlin Estler, Lea Farrell, Samuel Federman, Alexandra Fekula, Karina Maria Ferreira, Callan F. Fish, Daniel Aaron Fletcher, Raquel Susanne Fossett, Jake Frittola, George Edward Gaby, Namrata Gandhi, Gabriella Marie Gartner, Jordan Gavitt, Ian Genet, Nicole Gerrity, Gregory Giovanniello, Alexandra Lauren Goidel, Samarra Jane Goldstein, Lauren Joy Graziose, Nicholas Harry Grogan, Jordan Groom, Ashley Gungor, John Anthony Haley, Lily Harir, Megan Elizabeth Hart, Melissa Alexandra Hart, Patrick J. Heffernan, Schuyler J. Hendrickson, John Michael Hickey, Caroline Higgins, Minnie Hou, Christopher Inzerillo, Olivia Maria Jacome, Stephanie A. Jendrzejewski, Jamie Claire Keel, Timothy F. Kersten, Tara Kilderry, Shannon Lee Killough, Emily Kim, Kristie A. Kolilias, Kacper Kret, Aurora Krol, Logan Tyler Kupferman, Briana Faith Laderer, Travis M. Laderer, Jack Lavin, John S. Lennon, Diana Leonardi, Katherine Mary Lepanto, Alec Vincent Leto, Jamie Rose Levy, Heather Lewin, Dominique Lewine-Jacobson, Nathaly J. Lezama, Steven J. Liounis, Jessica Lipsey, Argyro (Ariel) C. Livanos, Danielle Lynn, Paul Valentino MacDonnell, Antonella Maffettone, Anthony John Magliocco, Suzanne Paige Magnuson, Samuel K. Mainzer, Desiree Maldonado, Douglas Edward Manogue, Bennett Ross Mansfield, Kira Elizabeth Martin, Jack Quam Martino, Rebecca Susan Mathew, Timothy R. Maxwell, Jr., Alexandria Alyssa McCorkell, Kelsey Rose McGrath, Keara Kathleen Anastasia McNamara, Tanya Mehdizadeh, Tyler Elias Melson, Scott R. Miller, Jr., Colin W. Miller, Jessica Lee Miller, Jordane Alexandra Mink, Luisa Montoya, Briege Eileen Murphy, Kathleen Nizich, Tristan Norris, Kathleen Louise O’Brien, Christopher Oballe, Kevin J. Ojeda, Kayla Olstein, Alexandra Marie Osman, Robert Hannibal Ottaviano III, Natalia Maria Pardo, Nicholas Sanhai Park, JuliAnna Patino, Matthew Pavlica, Carlos Peralta, Dámaso Pérez III, Ryan Patrick Perro, Noelle Pisacano, Kelsey Podaras, Gabrielle Lucille Poncet, Aaron Porturas, Kaitlyn Post, Kevin Patrick Michael Woods Quinn, Nicholas Quinto, Calvin R. Quiroz, Chanelle Rackwitz, Molly Catherine Reilly, Connor Remy, Nicole Brianna Rescigno, Samantha Riccardo, Jackson Rieger, Caroline Rose Robertson, Peter Santo Rooney, Michael Ethan Rovner, Adriana N. Rubertone, Claudia Michelle Ruiz, Katherine Mary Russo, Juliet Sabbatini, Michael Alexander Saboski, Danielle Sacco, Joseph Saulle, Jeremy Schiff, Emma Schwab, Joshua Barre Schwartz, Jenna Lynn Scotti, Juliette Selye, Christa Mary Sferrazza, Hunter Zachary Sharf, Dylan Matthew Smith, Kristen Therese Stanis, Caroline Anne Statile, Olivia Paige Statile, Kathryn Sullivan, Lawrence Sun, Michael Taddonio, Serena Vesna Thomaidis, Audra Louise Thorsen, Alessia Tocco, Olivia Rae Toscano, Erasmo Troia, Stephen Joseph Valensisi, Jack Valentine, Erika Nicole Van Patten, Felicia Vasiento, Sunaina Vohra, Julia Elizabeth Vollmer, Aleksandr P. Weiss, Timothy Michael Wenger, Sierra Rose Werz, Aleksei James Wilhelm, Ashley Wilson, Alexandra Dorothy Woods, Alex Samuel Yelon, and Michelle Suebin Yoon.
The following students have achieved “Top 10” status in academic rank for the Class of 2014: Nicholas S. Caldari, Nicole Blake Ciotoli, Olivia Maria Jacome, Alexandra Marie Osman, Matthew Pavlica, Molly Catherine Reilly, Michael Ethan Rovner, Adriana N. Rubertone, Dylan Matthew Smith, and Julia Elizabeth Vollmer.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the North Shore Alma Mater was led by Kevin Quinn and Jessica Miller. Many thanks go out to David Soto, conductor, and the North High School Band who performed an amazing presentation of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official national march of the United States. Bravo to Patrick Heffernan who assisted in conducting the band during the ceremony. All the best to the graduates in your future endeavors!
Samantha Di Paola’s leadership qualities have served her well throughout her educational career, and her combination of high intellectual curiosity, desire, discipline and tenacity have propelled her to the highest level of academic achievement: the top-ranked student in the Glen Cove High School Class of 2014.
As a leader involved in several extracurricular activities, Di Paola served as president of Student Senate, president of Interact Club and co-president of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) in 2013-14. She has raised funds, awareness and hope for numerous causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save a Life Foundation, Gift of Life, Adopt a Family, Kick Start for a Cure, and TOPPS Soccer (working with children with disabilities), to name a few. At this year’s senior awards ceremony, Samantha was presented with the County Executive’s Community Service and Academic Excellence Award.
Earlier this month, the Glen Head Elementary School garden achieved “Wildlife Habitat Certification” by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). We soon will receive our official sign to post in our garden, announcing that our garden space has joined nearly 150,000 certified habitats nationwide.
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