Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Adriana Rubertone took the podium at the 2014 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration.
“Remember the people at North Shore High School and the great teachers that have inspired you and made you who you are right now,” she told her peers. “We were blank slates coming into this school in ninth grade. Now, thanks to the support of the school, we’ve developed identities as a foundation for who we can become in the future.” She concluded by saying, “No matter, what our future holds, there will be opportunities for you to make a difference and ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ Congratulations North Shore Class of 2014; let’s go forward with confidence and make our community proud.”
It is clear from reviewing Rubertone’s extensive list of awards and honors that she has approached every challenge of her high school career with hard work, passion and dedication. This is reflected in her numerous accomplishments including: National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, recipient of the Dr. Bomberick Award for Excellence in Science and Department Awards in Mathematics, Band, and World Languages. Rubertone was President of the Interact Club, Co-President/ Board of Education Representative Student Government (SGO), a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. She also received the Girl Scout Gold Award. Additionally, Adriana was the Initiator/President of a Gender Equality Club and a researcher at a DNA Nanotechnology Lab at New York University.
While her academic accomplishments have been outstanding, Rubertone also participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities including: Editor for the Mosaic Literature and Arts Magazine, and was the principal oboe of the North Shore High School Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. Her stellar achievements have earned her acceptance into Princeton University, where she will be studying chemical engineering.
Over his past four years at North Shore High School, Michael Rovner has truly excelled. Among his long list of honors, Rovner received the following: North Shore Kiwanis James T. Hebron Memorial Scholarship Award, Dr. Leslie Wanek-Sgaglione Memorial Scholarship, Nassau Educators Federated Credit Union Making A Difference High School Scholarship, The Long Island Blood Scholarship, and was a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. His achievements include member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society (Vice President), and National French & Science Honor Society.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Rovner was Lieutenant Governor of the Key Club where he dedicated numerous hours helping others. He was also President of the Challenge Club and Vice President of the North Shore High School Peer Leaders.
During the 2014 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony, Rovner said, “Trying something new comes with a risk of failure, humiliation, or defeat. However, do not shy away from these challenges. It is often the riskiest gambles that pay off the most, and it is from our greatest mistakes that we learn the most….Someone once told me, you should learn to be comfortable, being uncomfortable. When you are able to do this, you know there is nothing you can’t accomplish…” He continued by saying, “I believe that now more than ever, the world is in need of people who strive to make the world a better place through their everyday actions.”
Rovner will be attending Columbia University in September and looks forward to studying political science.