Jericho Alum Makes A Difference
Erica Leibowitz, a current senior at the University of Delaware (UD) and graduate of Jericho High School is making a difference in the local community. She currently works at the Center for Developmental Disabilities at the children’s day program where she assists teachers in educating children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.
One of the children she was working with over the summer, Walter (above right bottom), was really inspired and looked up to her as a role model. He looked forward to seeing her and going through the school day with her at his side.
Jericho, Syosset Students Send Letters to Soldiers
The student council at Robbins Lane Elementary School in the Syosset Central School District organized a letter-writing drive to thank U.S. Navy Lieutenant Christine Deuro, who is the daughter of a school staff member and is currently deployed in the Middle East on the USS San Jacinto, and her fellow soldiers during the holiday season.
Jackson Elementary School in Jericho recently participated in Bullying Awareness Week. Each day there was a different theme to follow: Monday was Bracelets For Peace and anti-bullying bracelets were distributed; Tuesday was Upstander Day where everyone took an anti-bullying pledge; Wednesday was Laugh It Up Day where students brought in favorite jokes to share with the class; Thursday was Lunch With Someone New Day, where students were seated next to someone they don’t usually sit with at lunchtime; and Friday was You Are Not Alone Day where students all wore blue and gold to show that they will be upstanders and will be there to support each other.
The Syosset Central School District Board of Education recognized the outstanding efforts put in by members of several fall athletic teams at its Dec. 16 meeting. Demonstrating a commitment to their sport, team and school, these Syosset High School athletes were either named fall champions on the county level or were state qualifiers.
Both the varsity boys cross-country team—consisting of William Anderson, Ryan DePinto, Tyler Italiano, David Lam, William Long, Dale Mittleman, Simon Nwana, Michael O’Brien and Eamon Sheerin —and the varsity girls cross-country team—consisting of Kayla Beovich, Alexandra Bruefach, Samantha DeStefani, Meghan Galvin, Lauren Gruber, Reilly Siebert and Zoe Stricoff —were honored for their Nassau County Class A Championship and qualifying for states. Tyler was also recognized as the Nassau County Class A Individual Champion. Senior Rhea Malhotra and junior Katie Cirella, who play tennis, qualified for the New York State Championships and were honored for their achievements.
— Syosset School District
Principal Anthony Sinanis of The Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho was presented with a citation for his tireless efforts and leadership that earned his school recognition as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ academic achievement.
A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone. — Tribune Staff
Adam Pahlavan, a student from Jericho, was honored as one of the brightest middle school students in the world at a national awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
The Center honored Pahlavan, a student at Jericho High School Junior High School, for his exceptional performance as a middle school student on the college SAT, ACT or similar test as part of the 2012-2013 CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level tests (such as the college SAT for middle school students) because they provide a clear picture of advanced students’ academic abilities.
The Jericho Middle School recently held their second annual Bully Prevention Kickoff. This year, they held an all-day Walkathon to log miles in demonstrating their commitment to prevent bullying. The kickoff was the brainchild of Joanne Verdino, school social worker, who is also an Olweus Bully Prevention Program trainer.
“The event succeeded beyond our expectations,” said Don Gately, Jericho Middle School principal. “Everyone had a tremendous amount of fun while at the same time learning the essentials of bully prevention.”
Syosset Seniors Make Siemens Competition Semifinals
Three Syosset High School seniors—Reva Abrol, Kaveh Issapour and Eric Song—have been honored as semifinalists in the prestigious 2013-2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Eric and Reva worked on their project with their chemistry teacher, Brian Belanger. The project, which was conducted using the school’s lab equipment, consisted of constructing a nonintrusive consumer-friendly acoustic device to determine fruit ripeness in cantaloupes. The apparatus was used to generate vibrational frequencies through the fruit, which were recorded using audio spectrum analysis software. Sound measurements were compared to sugar contents to confirm the correlation between acoustic resonance and ripeness.
Syosset Seniors Named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists
Eleven Syosset High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2014.
Sixteen Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists and 28 students were named commended students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
“We are very proud of all of our seniors that have been recognized as semifinalists and commended students,” said Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman. “All of these young men and women serve as exceptional role models for students in our district.”
Jericho High School students Ken Aizawa, Matthew Chun, Joshua Han, Albert Hsiung, Oliver Hu, Xingan Hua, Kevin Huang, Yu Law, Nicholas Mu, Dohee Na, Karen Pan, Kaitlyn Shin, Wilson Wang, Amy Xu, Jerry Xu, and Richard Zhang were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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