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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

School News: January 16, 2014

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.

When Erica was absent from work, he made her a card saying how much he missed her and couldn’t wait for her to return to work. The card proved that Erica had touched his heart and that she was wanted in Walter’s presence at school. Just as much as Walter and the other children have been inspired and touched by her, she has been motivated to pursue a career influencing the lives of children by studying to be an occupational therapist. Erica says that she will never forget the bond that was created between Walter and herself and that it will continue to inspire her throughout her career.

In addition, Erica volunteers an hour per week with a client, Collette (above right top), who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She helps her organize paperwork, get her mail, do her payroll and clean her house. To help people like Collette who have MS and other clients with chronic diseases, Erica implemented a writing therapy program to relieve daily stress. The writing therapy sessions that Erica implemented will be continued in the “Loris Hands” club at UD for upcoming semesters and will continue to help and influence people who have chronic diseases in the future.

Students Get Top Honors

Nicole Harrison of Syosset was named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the Fall 2013 semester.

Brooke Cooperstein of Syosset was named to Beloit College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester.

Camilla di Galoma of Muttontown, a senior at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., earned honors for the Fall 2013 academic term.

Richard Marschean of Syosset, a sophomore Mass Communications major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester.

Jericho Man Nominated To USMA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, nominated Matthew Chun of Jericho to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.

Syosset HS Yearbook Awarded First

Syosset High School’s 2013 yearbook, Red-n-White, has been awarded first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s national competition, scoring a total of 900 out of a possible 1,000 points. Led by adviser Caroline Polatsidis, the yearbook captures the spirit of life at Syosset High School. Judging is based on content presentation, general page design, general photography, publication structure and creativity. Any publication receiving a score between 850 and 1,000 receives first-place honors.

A Message From The

Syosset Scholarship Fund

In some cases it takes a village but, in our case, it takes a town. It takes the support of our local businesses as well as everyone who resides within the boundaries of the Syosset Central School District to help raise money for deserving seniors with a financial need to pursue a higher education.

Applicants must send in a written application as to why they feel they deserve the scholarship. There is a separate committee which decides who is awarded the scholarship. Since 1958, the Syosset Council of PTAs and the Syosset Teachers’ Association have jointly sponsored the Syosset Scholarship Fund. The number of scholarships given depend on the donations received during the annual scholarship drive. The business community, through its continuous and generous support has been vital to this specific drive.

Each year Syosset High School students perform  a quality musical to audiences over four days. This year the musical will be How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to be performed March 20-23. During these performances more than 2,400 journals are handed out to Syosset students, parents and district residents. Should you wish to place an ad in our highly publicized journal you can do so by emailing JPG or PDF files to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your name/business name/address/phone number and the chairperson will contact you. Pricing is as follows: Full page (8 1/2 x 11) $125, Half page $65, Quarter page $35, One line listing $15, Friend of Senior class $5.

The deadline is Feb. 24.

Headed by council chair Donna Cohen (Syosset High School) the following people need to be thanked: Sandi Kroll (VP),  Rosemarie Hardina (Baylis),  Gouri Dhupar (Walt Whitman), Anna Gurewicz (Robbins Lane), Christine Moran (H.B. Thompson and South Grove), Risa Liebowitz (SEPTA), Kim Rampanelli (Village) and Laura Reddock (South Woods).

Thank you in advance for your generous support of the Syosset Scholarship Fund.