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North/South High National Spanish Exam Winners

Two hundred nine students from North and South High Schools are winners in the National Spanish Exam, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Their teachers at North High are Department Head Madalyn DeLuccia, Caitlin Gorta, Israel Henriquez, Bessie Karanikolas, Lilian Krowne, and Dennis Villacorta. The South High teachers of Spanish are Department Head David Balsamo, Fatima Colman, Geraldine Finazzo, Christine Montllor-Gil, Vicki Solomon, and Ana Tavares.


North High School

Level 1—Silver: Alessandra Antuzzi. Bronze: Daniel Bar-Lavi, Tyler Bloom, Ko-Wei Chang, Kayla Delafraz, Jonathan Monahemi, Brittany Namdar, Shannon Partovi, and Jasmine Yahoudaee.


Level 2—Gold: Lana Anderson, Danielle Ganjian, Jessica Giraldo, Won Jung, and Nicole Mordekai. Silver: Arya Adelipour, Matthew Depetris, Jeremy Feith, Andrew Hakimian, Jonathan Hakimian, Rose Harooni, Michelle Metros, Naomi Nikfarjam, Ariel Uzan. Bronze: Danielle Ajodan, Jacob Guggenheimer, Tarini Karwal, Rachel Klein, Spencer Liu, Morgan Lohmann, Daniel Moshenayov, and Cecilia Yang. Honorable Mention: Robert Ades, Ariana Benhuri, Gabrielle Berger, Abigail Berkower, Zachary Han, Melanie Katz, Lauren Kerendian, Matthew Khanyan, Alexa Kimiabakhsh, Stephanie Nakash, Ruby Paisner, Edwin Rahimi, Julia Rietbroek, Luodan Rojas, Jessica Storozum, Danielle Tarras, Daniel Torka, Julia Shahery, Arriel Shirazi, and Carly Weisen.


Level 3—Silver: Simon Kashfi. Bronze: Chris Peter Angelidis, Shaina Bakhshi, Justin Baroukhian, Monica Beeferman, Clarissa Blanco, Caroline Glennon, Michelle Toker, and Karla Turcios. Honorable Mention: Nicole Damaghi, Arianne Greenstein, Nadine Hakim, Michelle Haykin, Tiffany Heravi, Jonathan Kimiabakhsh, Elliot Kohanbash, Alexandra Lavian, Michele Lehat, Philip Liu, Evan Mironov, Amy Pourmoradi, Joshua Rashtian, Talia Sharifiazad, Sara Spector, and Matthew Wigler.


Level 4—Gold: Brayan Ruiz Arias and Alexander Rahmani. Bronze: Katherine Cortez, Emily Gold, Sarah Greiff, Jasmine Hakimian, Alexis Ramirez-Miguel, and Maria Salmeron. Honorable Mention: Talia Delijani, Caitlin Dilamani, Miron Dilmanian, Leerone Hakami, Kamla Kumar, Jessica Nassimi, Clara Sava-Segal, and Justine Schoenbart.


South High School

Level 2—Gold: Emily Bae, Tina Pavlovich, Hamsavardhaan Pillai, Haarika Reddy, Gabriella Roman, and Natalie Torchon. Silver: Stephanie Chang, Lucy Chen, Jennifer Guo, Kaitlin Hon, Hannah John, Anna Kaczmarski, Nayoung Kim, Adam Krieger, Mia Oginski, Rasul Rahman, Tanya Roy, Ryan Savell, Tara Sirotkin, Ziv Wand, Annie Yang, Michelle Mu Yang, Hannah Yi, Natalie Yousfan, and Eric Zhong. Bronze: Ally Chen, Katherine Dimitratos, Britany D’Introno, Chloe Fishbein, Roshen John, Rachael Lee, Vera Lin, Harris Monoson, and Tamir Parness. Honorable Mention: Reid Alper, Jack Briamonte, Edward Cheng, Annabelle Golden, Kelly Gragossian, Margaret Katramados, Alexandra La Pinta, Allie Mirsky, Kimberly Mishra, Robin Park, Maia Pavlovic, Sydney Someck, Diana Serpas, Andrew Tse, Elizabeth Voigt, Fei Fei (Jenny) Zheng.


Level 3—Gold: Casey Li, Anish Bhatia, and Marco Salas. Silver: Christine An, Suann Chi, Andrew Cohen, Brett Dieber, Alexander Lim, and Luis Ramirez. Bronze: Damian Cheung, Christine Cimpian, Hayden Edelson, Jonathan Kestenbaum, Allisen Lichtenstein, Rebecca Schifilliti, Andrew Schneider, Andrew Voigt, and Ethan Volk. Honorable Mention: Jennifer Choi, Harrison Dvoor, Aaron Engel, Ji Ann Greenberg, John Alexander (Alex) Gonzalez, Annie Jiang, Brandon Kim, Hyeajin Kim, Sze Ching (Cindy) Ko, Hannah Kornreich, Hannah Lee, Christie Liu, Wan Kyoo Noh, Samantha Park, Matvei Patrikeyev, Pietro Pecora, Haesup (Joanne) Rhee, Betsy Tanenbaum, Macy Tang, Ryan Tucker, Denise Young, Christopher Zheng.


Level 4—Gold: Kara Kupferberg, Cristina Lai, Christine Lee, and Lora Pavlovich. Silver: Brett Alper, Esmeralda Cruz, Rachel Hand, Seung Yeon (Christine) Song, and Alisha Varughese. Bronze: Elizabeth Chi, Alanna Fichtel, Kevin Kim, Kenny Lu, Jay Shah, Neil Thivalapill, Nicole Tommasiello, and Caroline Weinberg. Honorable Mention: Justin Chang, Sharon Jeong, Allison Kornrich, Samantha Schechner, Navya Simon, Brian Song, Angell Xiang.


Level 5—Gold: Katherine Chiu. Silver: Victoria Wang. Honorable Mention: Anoush Baghdassarian.


The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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