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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

School News: October 31, 2013

Jericho Student Wins Big

At Bronx Science Debate

On October 18, the Agape Debate Institute made the trip to the New York City Invitational debate tournament located at Bronx Science. Agape Debater Adam Pahlavan of Jericho High School saw a tremendous level of success in the varsity policy debate division. In this division, more than 80 high school teams from all over the nation competed for the championship trophy.

Pahlavan and his team partner Johann Yang, advanced to the “sweet sixteen” round of the playoffs by beating the 12th seed in the tournament. As freshmen, these young men, only faced juniors and seniors in each debate round. After a valiant fight, they lost to the 5th seed in the tournament on a 2-1 decision. This has been one of the best showing of any underclassmen team in the history of this prestigious tournament. Pahlavan also was awarded the 11th best speaker out of a field of over 160 participants.

This is not the first time this spectacular duo as won big at national tournaments. Last year as eight graders, they advanced to the playoffs at the prestigious Harvard University debate tournament. They have advanced to the playoff round both last year and this year at the Yale University. They are also the reigning 2012-2013 New York State champions in novice high school policy debate, which they won last year as eighth graders.

Syosset Scholarship Fund

The PTA-STA Scholarship is available to any Syosset High School senior planning to pursue any field of endeavor leading to a degree, certificate, or license in an accredited post high school program. The amount of the Scholarship is $3,000 over a two-year period. The Syosset Scholarship Fund Drive mailing has been sent to residents. The amount of funds raised determines the number of scholarships that are awarded this year. The following six Syosset seniors were awarded scholarships in June 2013:
William Chan, who is planning to major in bio-chemistry at Northwestern University; Michael Esswein, who is planning to major in engineering at SUNY Buffalo; Nicole Georghiou, who is attending SUNY Oneonta; Paul Ngu, planning to major in history and economics at Bowdoin College; Grand Roth, planning to major in Public Health and Communications at New York University, and Stephen Lee Skubina, planning to major in Biology at Brown University.


Leigha Carryl of Syosset High School is one of 17 Long Island high school seniors and more than 1,600 students nationwide named a semifinalist for the 2014 National Achievement Scholarships, to be awarded in the spring by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. to recognize outstanding black high school students.

John Felice from Old Brookville has earned placement on the Dean’s List for the summer semester of the 2013 academic year at Berklee College of Music.

The following students were recently awarded a degree from Binghamton University - From Jericho: Allison D Birnbaum - MS in Bio Medical Anthropology; Abigail P Weinberg - BA in Biological Sciences; Nicole Danielle Kapner - BA in Spanish Langauge and Literature; Samantha J McInerney - BS in Anthropology. Rachel A Rosner - BS in Management Marketing; Jack D Kaye - BS in Accounting; Marisa Kaplan - BS in Nursing Baccalaureate; Jonathan Chen - BS in Mechanical Engineering; Pamela H Bortnick - BS in Bioengineering; From Syosset: Joshua Forrest Kaden - MS in Accounting; Darren Scott Nussbaum - MS in Accounting; David M Rein - MS in Accounting; Joshua J Suen - MS in Accounting; Nam Hoon Kim - MS in Accounting; Mollie Heather Bold - BS in Human Development; Jordan Chan - BA in Psychology; Robert B Sandberg - BS in Chemistry; Dervla M Kumar  - BS in Geological Sciences; Spencer Michael Lederer - BS in Bioengineering; Zachary J Lubarsky - BS in Computer Science;  From Muttontown: Nina M Friedman -  BA in Psychology; From Woodbury: Andrew J Panciroli - BA in Biological Sciences

Chelsea Weiner of Syosset received a Bachelor of Arts from Roger Williams University.