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North Shore’s Top Two Grads

Valedictorian, Jeanne DiSimone

Jeanne DiSimone took the podium at the 2013 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration.

After she graciously asked everyone in the audience to give another round of applause to the Salutatorian, Andrew Fierstein, she began her speech.

“When I thought about what I wanted to say, I looked back and considered the experiences and aspirations that have defined our time at North Shore…we are fortunate to have spent part of our young life here. We are lucky to have attended the North Shore Schools – to have been a part of a community of parents, family, friends, teachers and administrators that were so deeply invested in our education….She concluded by saying, “If we have one collective goal going forward, it should be this – take the very best of our community with us. Strive to create the same level of support wherever we go. Ultimately, the mark we leave on tomorrow will be based on the contributions we make to the communities of which we are a part in the future…”   

It is clear from reviewing DiSimone’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:  receiving the Harvard Book Prize Award, Long Island Press High School 2012 Journalism Award, Senior Award for Excellence in Italian, The First National Bank Award of Long Island, Anthony D. Famighetti Award, Herman Weisman Award for Excellence in Science, North Shore Schools Federated Employees Annual Essay Writing Scholarship Award, Community Service Merit Award, Freda Kittleberger Award in Mathematics, and  Division Winner at Brookhaven Labs Science Bowl. She was also an AP Scholar with Honors, National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, Student of the Month in January, Member of the Math Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta, Member of the Foreign Language and Science Honor Society, and Vice President of Promethean Chapter of the National Honor Society.

While her academic accomplishments have been outstanding, Jeanne also participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities including: Editor in Chief/Treasurer of the North Shore High School Newspaper, member of the North Shore High School String and Symphony Orchestra (Violin), North Shore High School Peer Education Leader, an intern at Angion Biomedica Corporation and a volunteer at St. Christopher -Ottilie just to name a few.

Jeanne offered her underclassmen the following advice, “Take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you because your time at North Shore and throughout your life is what you make of it. ”

Jeanne’s stellar achievements have earned her acceptance into Georgetown  University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she will be studying International Relations. Everyone at the North Shore Schools is sincerely proud of her many accomplishments.

Salutatorian, Andrew Fierstein

Over his past four years at North Shore High School, Andrew Fierstein has truly excelled. Among his long list of honors, Andrew received the following: The Edward Mangano Nassau County Executive Community Service and Academic Excellence Award, and F. Remington Furlong Faculty Honor Award. His achievements include: Coca-Cola National Scholar, Long Island Math Fair Gold Medalist, a presenter of math research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team, and recipient of the Nassau Zone of NY Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Award. Andrew was nominated for the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and achieved High Honor Roll throughout his high school career.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Andrew was Co-President of the National Honor Society, North Shore High School Student Government (SGO) Treasurer, a North Shore High School Peer Leader, and Co-Chairperson for the Relay For Life of North Shore for seven years. With all of his hard work and leadership, the Relay For Life this year set the standard on Long Island, raising over 200,000 for this important cause. 

During the 2013 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony, Andrew said,“…We have all faced challenges. Whether it has been the death of a loved one, a divorce, parent losing his or her job, a fight with a best friend, etc…with a little perseverance, and the will to push forward, we have all made it here today and that is something we should be very proud of. It is the compilation of these experiences and challenges that have made us who we are today. But, the amazing thing about going off to college is that unless you let it, your past no longer needs to define you. College is a fresh start…we are all given a clean slate…a chance to reinvent ourselves…an opportunity to become whatever and whoever we want to become…” He summarized by saying, “I will always remember this extraordinary North Shore community. And no matter where we each end up, we should all remember that it all started here, and North Shore High School will always be home to the Class of 2013…”

Andrew will be attending Hofstra University in September. He has been accepted to the eight-year B.S./M.D. Program.
Upon leaving high school, he concluded by stating to his younger peers, “Find a few teachers or staff members and build a good relationship with them. I have received a top of the line education and through my personal experiences; I have found the faculty at North Shore to be extremely supportive.”


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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