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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

School News: December 12, 2013

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.

This year there were more than 35,700 second-through-eighth grade participants in the CTY Talent Search, which identifies and recognizes the academic capabilities of advanced students around the world. Students from 50 states and 69 countries participated in the 2012-2013 Talent Search.

Of the 17,670 seventh and eighth grade participants in the 2012-13 CTY Talent Search, only 1,075 U.S. and international middle school students scored high enough on their above-grade-level tests to be invited to the ceremony on the Johns Hopkins University campus.

Of the invited students, at least 106 students achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of the test taken, including three students who received 800 on both math and verbal sections of the SAT.

“Under the skin, beneath the divisions and differences, human intelligence is a force that knows no geographical or linguistic or ideological distinctions,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “Today we take a moment to recognize these young students for their remarkable achievements. We also honor the parents and educators who have helped these promising young people on their road to success.”

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Syosset resident and dance student Joseph Don Angelo was featured in SUNY Potsdam’s Student Choreographer Concert in early December. Fourteen SUNY Potsdam students who are majoring or minoring in dance created 20 original dance works for the concert, which was entitled “Kaleidoscopic.” The pieces run from the technically challenging to the thematically intriguing, from the highly kinetic to abstractly sculptural, and from laugh-out-loud comedic to highly dramatic. Stylistically, everything from jazz to ballet and contemporary to tap dance is represented.

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Lindsay Divack of Jericho was awarded a scholarship at Denison University. Divack, a member of the class of 2017, received a Denison Alumni Award. The Denison Alumni Award is based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit.

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Jericho High School social worker Todd Benjamin was recently a guest speaker at the Caron Foundation’s Awards Ceremony. Last year, Benjamin was the recipient of the Community Youth Leadership Award for his outstanding commitment to the students of Jericho.

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At a tournament on Nov. 9, the following students of the Jericho High School debate team placed: Novice LD - Nate Lee 1st, Michael Lai – 5th; JV LD - Amanda Orbuch – 1st, Chris Chen – 3rd, Kelvin Lin – 5th; Varsity LD - Marc Siegel – 4th.

At the recent LIFA Debate, hosted by Syosset, the following students placed: Varsity LD - Anuhita Basavaraju – 2nd, Marc Siegel – 4th; JV LD - Amanda Orbuch – 4th, Jake Carrion – 5th, Amanda Damon – 8th; Novice LD - Grace Hu – 1st, Adam Pahlavan – 4th; Varsity PF - Jonathan Serota and Ben Kronengold – 4th.

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There will be a meeting of the Syosset Board of Education on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at South Woods Middle School. Following the executive session, the board will reconvene for the monthly meeting at 8 p.m.