Joshua Wurtzel of Plainview graduated first in the 2013 graduating class of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Joshua won the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Award for having the highest GPA in the entire graduating class of 399 students.
The following students were named to the Dean’s List of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2013 spring semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.85 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean’s List.
The University of Scranton has announced its Dean’s List, which recognizes students for academic excellence during the 2013 spring semester. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours to make the Dean’s List. The list includes students from the Jesuit university’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, the Panuska College of Professional Studies and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. More than 1,490 students were named to the 2013 spring semester Dean’s List, including the following area residents.
Stefanie Pia of Plainview is a freshman with a nursing major in Scranton’s Panuska College of Professional Studies
The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School recently hosted a visit from Dr. Joseph Bacotti, a local eye surgeon affiliated with Lion’s Club International. Dr. Bacotti told the students all about his volunteer work abroad with those in need of eye care, and how his ability to speak three languages empowered him to better serve and understand the cultures in which he was immersed.
The Italian and Spanish Honor Societies collaborated to run a drive to collect eyeglasses for the needy, and were successful in collecting two large boxes full of used eyeglasses. The glasses were donated to Dr. Bacotti to be used towards his volunteer efforts.
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently honored Lisa Elbogen for her adult volunteer service and lifelong achievements with the Girl Scouts. Lisa received the GSUSA Appreciation Pin, which recognized her service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and her memorable impact in at least one community where Girl Scouting is offered.
In addition to Troop Leadership, Lisa has held two Service Team positions, most recently taking on the role of Association Treasurer. Lisa will continue to serve on this committee as an adult volunteer and use her passion and knowledge of Girl Scouts to benefit the Girl Scouts community.
The ceremony was held at the Hillwood Commons Auditorium at the LIU-Post campus in Brookville.
Several area residents have been named to the Deans’ List for the spring semester at SUNY Oswego. Showing academic achievement, with their class year and major in parentheses, are: Kathryn Weiner of Tad Lane in Old Bethpage (junior, meteorology), Christopher Craddock of Phipps Lane in Plainview (sophomore, economics), Denise Davis of Manor Street in Plainview (senior, sociology), Catherine Koenig of Elmwood Court in Plainview (senior, human resource management), Peter Rukis of South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview (junior, economics) and Jessica Sandler of Beaumont Drive in Plainview (senior, childhood education).
The President’s and Deans’ lists represent the academic top 32.0 percent of the Oswego student body. To be included on the Deans’ List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School Symphonic Orchestra recently presented their annual springtime performance for the Plainview Senior Citizens Club.
The highly anticipated annual concert took place at the Jamaica Avenue School and consisted of a variety of classical and popular selections. Ms. Renee Ashley, music teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, organized the event.
Steve “Slow Hand” Bernstein will be competing in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.
The Old Bethpage resident has an admiration for the sport of boxing, which he grew up watching.
“I am a big fan of Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard,” said the 59-year-old. “Although I have never boxed before, I’ve always harbored a secret desire to actually get in the ring.”
Two Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School students recently donated gently used prom attire to charity. Students Brooke Sender and Ben Green collected dresses, suits, shoes, accessories and more from members of the Plainview community and delivered them to “Rock and Wrap It Up,” an organization that collects food, clothing and other necessities and distributes them to charitable agencies. Ben Green’s sister, POBJFK alumni Leah Green, started the collection when she was a student. Ben and Brooke decided to continue to the tradition this year.
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