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Glen Cove Record Pilot • Schools

Students Design World Trade Center Memorial Site

North Shore High School students Kevin Henneberger and Nick Green were recently honored for designing a historic World Trade Center Memorial on the North Shore High School campus for everyone in the community to visit for many years to come. Their winning design was chosen from numerous student drawings by Principal Albert Cousins along with many administrators and faculty at the high school. 


Last year, Henneberger and Green were ninth-graders in Laura Green’s design and drawing for production class when they utilized interdisciplinary skills including art, traditional and digital design, math, architectural drawing, and public speaking to design the winning base for an artifact from the World Trade Center. The students also had to create a landscape design of the memorial site by measuring the dimensions of the entire location behind the high school. 

The Artifact

In January 2013, teacher Dr. Rob Gerver was able to get the artifact from the Port Authority after many months of discussions. The artifact is 69 inches long and weighs about 400 pounds. It is a twisted piece of a box beam that was a window frame of the World Trade Center. 


Dr. Gerver said, “We need to preserve this special artifact so it doesn’t erode; as a piece of American history, it has a chance to be around for hundreds of years!”


Upon its arrival to the North Shore Schools, students engaged in many discussions about the tragedy of 9/11 since they were very young when the actual events took place. 

The Lesson Objective

“In this project, my students explored their knowledge of the design process,” said teacher Laura Green. “They utilized drawing and computer software skills to create a ‘student’ design project with a real-life application.” She added, “My students were thrilled to be involved in this type of interdisciplinary lesson which applies lessons learned in the classroom to real-world situations.” 


The North Shore School District expressed their gratitude to the following community members for their assistance in the World Trade Memorial Site project including: Mario Gallo of Forest Iron Works in Locust Valley who welded the artifact to the base; Rob Prudente for donating and constructing the materials of the base including the brickwork and the steel mounts; Mike George, owner of Michael Anthony George Nursery in Northport, who assisted with the landscaping. He is a North Shore graduate; landscapers Dominick Panzarino and Chris Lempenski who volunteered with the completion of the landscaping; and Jerry Boertzel and his custodial staff who sanded and clear-coated the piece so it would not deteriorate from the elements. 


Laura Green concluded by saying, “Overall, the project was very successful in achieving significant learning. As I observed my students during their final presentations to our faculty and administration and more recently the actual plaque presentation to both Kevin and Nick, I felt a real sense of pride and accomplishment for them. It is a real honor for both young men to have created this World Trade Memorial Site that will be a permanent fixture at North Shore High School for everyone in the community to appreciate now and in the future.”