Accolades For Our District


2016-17 School Year

  • 7/6/17 - Thirty-six high school students are winners in the National French Exam (Le Grand Concours), Nassau County Level. Joanna Asvestas is the French teacher at North High School; Mary Ann Schwartz teaches French at South High.

  • 7/6/17 - Seventy-nine secondary students were award winners in the 2017 National Latin Exam. These students were guided by Latin teachers Johanne Lynch at North and South High Schools and by Maria Giannopoulos at South Middle Schools. North Middle seventh-grader Latin students will be eligible to take the exam next year, in eighth-grade. Their teacher is also Maria Giannopoulos.

  • 7/6/17 - One-hundred-one students from South High School are winners in the National Spanish Exam, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The South High teachers of Spanish are Department Head Gala Handler, Fatima Colman, Geraldine Finazzo, Ana Tavares, and Brooke Zaiff.

  • 6/15/17 - Adi Sragovich, from North High School, and An Zhang, from South High School, are 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing recipients. Both received award letters and certificates for Superior Performance in Writing.

  • 6/8/17 - Great Neck Public School Board of Education Vice President Lawrence Gross is the recipient of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA) 2017 Outstanding School Board Service Award. The Service Award recognizes extraordinary contributions by school board members to local school boards and communities.

  • 6/8/17 - Madison Mangogna, a junior at South High School, and Mika Langel, an eighth-grader at South Middle School, are First Place winners in the 2017 Letters About Literature contest, New York State level. Madison won in Level III, Mika in Level II. Their awards were presented at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction.

  • 6/8/17 - Michael Jan, a junior at North High School, has won the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Electronic Music Composition Competition for High School, grades 9-12, for his piece, “Mist and Stars.” He is the only national winner in the grades 9-12 category. To hear Michael’s piece, go to http://www.nafme.org/wp-content/files/2014/05/Michael-Jan-Mist-and-Stars.mp3.

  • 6/8/17 - Jacob Levine, a fourth-grader at Saddle Rock School, took First Place in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Stock Market Game, Year-Long Elementary Competitive Division.

  • 6/8/17 - South High School’s Wind Ensemble received a Gold Rating, the highest, at the recent New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Ensembles Adjudication Festival. They performed a very challenging Level 5 program. The 29-member ensemble encompasses students from grades 9-12. Marc Boschen is the South High wind ensemble director.

  • 6/1/17 - South High School sophomores Daniella Brancato and Justin Lin have been accepted to the highly prestigious Young Artists Vocal Program (YAVP), at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. YAVP will be held from July 2-Aug. 12. Daniella, a mezzo-soprano, and Justin, who sings tenor, will be part of a group of 70 talented high school singers from 35 states and 12 countries.

  • 6/1/17 - South High School students took the top three prizes in the recent Zirinsky Award for Artistry in Photography competition sponsored by the Manhasset Great Neck Camera Club. Richard Lau took First Place, Joelle Siong Sin won Second Place, and Wai Hei (Ray) Ngan captured Third Place. The three were chosen from a field of some 150 entries.

  • 6/1/17 - North Middle School and South Middle School were recently recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as official Gold Star No Place for Hate Schools at a ceremony held at New York University. At the event, each school received their No Place for Hate banner. North Middle students who attended the recognition ceremony are members of the school's Student Community Organization and actively support the school's Dare to Care/No Place for Hate initiative. The students from South Middle School at the ceremony were winners in the school's Poster Contest/Public Service Announcement for No Place for Hate.

  • 6/1/17 - After winning First Place in the Nassau West Regional, South High School's Science Olympiad Team went on to capture Fourth Place at the State level, establishing a "new best for our team, raising the bar even higher," said Team Coach James Truglio. Team members are: Adrian Chen, Kelley Chiu (treasurer), Victoria Chiu, Yiqing (Elissa) He (vice president), Lynn Hlaing (captain), Elliot Horowitz, Jessica Li Jiang, Allan Lee, Yuhan Liu, Kimberly Lu, Justin Ning, Jennifer Wang, Melody Yang (president), Ann Zhang (captain), Jaysen Zhang (captain), William Zheng. Other Olympiad coaches are science teachers Abby-Jo Brighton and Nicole Spinelli.

  • 5/18/17 - Members of South High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club took home a trove of medals, including over a dozen First Place, at the recent state competition, and 37 medalists will now advance to the national level to be held in Orlando, FL, in late June. At the state competition, students medaled in such categories as: Creative Problem Solving, Clinical Nursing, Dental Science, Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine, Human Growth & Development, Medical Math, Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Pharmacology, Transcultural Health Care, and Veterinary Science.

  • 5/18/17 - Seventy-nine North High School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school.

  • 5/18/17 - South Middle School’s MathCounts Team of Diana Chu, Matthew Tsui, Jansen Wong, Anthony Zhan, and Zimi Zhang took Fifth Place overall at the New York State MathCounts Competition held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY. The South Middle team competed against some 50 other schools at the event.

  • 5/18/17 - Fifth-grade students in Adrienne Hoshino’s classat Lakeville School participated in a Pen Pal Program with South High School’s AWARE Club. The two groups enjoyed sharing ideas with each other as they exchanged letters over many months.

  • 5/18/17 - The most recent competition for South High’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) was the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). DECA members traveled to Anaheim, California to compete against students from across the globe. Our chapter brought 38 students, and nine were named Finalists, scoring within the top 20 of their respective 300-member events. This is a historically high 24 percent of our students! -- by Rachel Brenner, DECA president

  • 5/11/17 - The Village School has been named among the “100 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.” This means that Village School students performed among the highest in the country on the W!SE standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test.

  • 5/11/17 - Benjamin Weber, a senior at South High School, was selected to participate in the Guest Playwright Observation program for his play, Coffeehouse Bridge, at the recent 12th annual O’Neill Young Playwrights Festival, held at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. He was one of 16 young playwrights selected for this honor from 186 nationwide entries. The Festival is open to one-act plays written by middle and high school students.

  • 5/11/17 - Members of South High School’s American Sign Language Club recently participated in the 5K Helen Keller Walk. They helped raise $315 for deaf-blind individuals.

  • 5/11/17 - The Rotary Club of Great Neck annually recognizes students from North Middle and South Middle School who have demonstrated “an exemplary level of community service, as determined by their school administrators.” Receiving this year’s Rotary Youth Merit Award were: Kelly Chu and Avery Park from North Middle School; and Eli Goodwin, Patrick Rau, and David Wang from South Middle School. Joining the students at the recognition were Great Neck Public School administrators and teachers, and Rotary officers. Leonard Katz, Rotary official, said of the recognized students, “It is our extreme privilege and pleasure to recognize the dedication and commitment of these students for their efforts in living up to the Rotary Motto, ‘Service Above Self.’”

  • 5/11/17 - At the American Debate League Fall Classic, the North High School Debate Team won the First Place Novice High School Team Award, Second Place Advance Team Award, and Team Sweepstakes Award. Team members Shi-In (Daniel) Kim and Matthew Weinstein excelled at the recent Westchester Classic Debate Tournament where they were Quarter Finalists and also captured Fourth and Fifth Place Top Speakers, respectively. At the South Shore Debate League Competition, Daniel and Matthew took a Second Place Award. Dr. Libra Lane is the Debate Team faculty sponsor. “The North High Debate Team joined the American Debate League this year and has been one of the most successful teams in the League,” said Richard Connelly, director of the American Debate League.

  • 5/11/17 - Self-portrait art by South High students Rena Chen, Chloe Metz, and Rachel Schneider was selected for exhibition at the Long Island Children’s Museum for their recent exhibit, “Portraits by Many Hands.” Their teachers at South High are Karen Cuchel, department chairperson, and Colleen Campbell. The exhibit featured portraits by artists young and old, novice and experienced. Works were selected on the basis of artistic expression. Student artists also had to submit examples of their previous work and a brief written description of their self-portrait.

  • 5/4/17 - Ninety-six South High School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. .

  • 4/27/17 - U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual list of the best high schools in the country and Great Neck has once again been honored with a high ranking. Great Neck North High School was ranked #3 on Long Island, #21 in New York State and #164 nationally. Great Neck South High School was ranked #6 on Long Island, #30 in New York State, and # 195 nationally. Click here to view the US News and World Report rankings for the Great Neck High Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/districts/great-neck-union-free-school-district-104290.

  • 4/20/17 - North High School's student newspaper, Guide Post, received four top awards, including a First Place, at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism.

  • 4/20/17 - Eight student musicians in the Great Neck Public Schools excelled at this year's All-County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, in Brookville. Students earned positions of recognition after being tested for proficiency at rehearsals just prior to their concerts.

  • 4/6/17 - The Great Neck Public School District has again been named among the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations. This year marks the eleventh time that Great Neck has received this prestigious award since its inception in 2005. Great Neck joins 526 districts nationwide to receive this recognition.

  • 3/23/17 - Christine Mulligan, art teacher at Kennedy School, and Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School, were co-presenters at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, held in New York, at the beginning of March. Their lecture presentation was titled, "Constructing Curriculum: Materials-based Best Practices for New Elementary Teachers."

  • 3/9/17 - Twenty-five seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in coming months.

  • 3/9/17 - A total of 458 students from North and South High Schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional scores on college-level AP examinations. Award recipients are current juniors and seniors, as well as those who were graduated in June 2016.

  • 3/2/17 - Daniel Itzkowitz, French horn player and a sophomore at North High School, has been selected to perform in the Tilles Festival Band at the LIU Post Band Festival at Tilles Center, in early April. This annual Festival was first held in 2003. Daniel was chosen for the Festival Band based upon the nomination and recommendation of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher.

  • 3/2/17 - Shaminta Hamidian, a senior at South High School, was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize competition. The title of Shaminta's project is: "Structural and Functional Connectivity of the Human Hand Motor Area Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Resting State Functional MRI." Her faculty advisor is Dr. Carol Hersh.

  • 2/16/17 - A five-member South High School team won First Place at the recent Brookhaven National Laboratory/Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl. The team of Adrian Chen, Ajay Dheeraj, Yiqing (Elissa) He, Allan Lee, and Melody Yang will now head to Washington, DC, on an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals, to be held in late April/early May.

  • 2/16/17 - The South High School chamber music ensemble of Joshua Lee (cello), Soyoung Park (piano), and Christine Suh (violin) has been selected to perform at the 34th annual Young Musicians Concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Concert will be held at Alice Tully Hall in April. The ensemble was chosen for this honor based on their performance at the Long Island Regional High School Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Program. The regional competition is a new component this year to the Young Musicians Program.

  • 2/16/17 - Megan Xu, a junior at North High School, has been selected to perform with the 2017 Honor Orchestra of America at a concert to be held in Indiana, in early March. She plays the viola.

  • 2/9/17 - North High School has been recognized as having a High School Music Program of Excellence by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The school was selected based on the merits of the application submitted by Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher. North High is one of seven schools that will receive this award of Excellence at the LI Music Hall of Fame recognition ceremony in April.

  • 2/9/17 - Clara Goldman, a fifth-grader at E.M. Baker School, has been invited to sing in the Children's Choir at the 2017 Organization of American Kodaly Educator's (OAKE) National Conference Choirs Concert. The Concert will take place in March, in Philadelphia.

  • 2/9/17 - The South High Girls Fencing Team had a banner year. They were undefeated, 14-0; named Girls Large School Champions; Overall Season Champions; and Nassau Country Champions. They captured the Nassau County Championship when they defeated the North High Girls Fencing Team in the finals, 14-7. The North High Girls Fencing Team was named Small School Champions. They took Second Place at the Nassau County Championships. The North High Boys Fencing Team took Fourth Place at the County Championships.

  • 1/26/17 - Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, has been selected as the only elementary school administrator in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive the 2016–2017 Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS) Administrator of the Year Award.

  • 1/19/17 - Angelina Wang, a junior at South High School, was recently published as a coauthor of an article that appeared in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The article covered research that Angelina did last summer at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of Northwell Health, in Manhasset.

  • 1/13/17 - Seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools--one from North High School and six from South High School--have been named 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. They are Patrick Gao from North High, and Lynn Hlaing, Matthew Ko, Olivia Lundelius, Rubin Smith, Yujia Su, and Jaysen Zhang from South High.

  • 12/22/17 - Two South High School students took top awards at a recent art exhibit sponsored by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture and Design. Jiajing (Jessica) Liao, an eleventh-grader, and Alison Tair, a senior, took First and Second Places, respectively, in Long Island's Finest Competition for emerging high school design talent. Both are advanced placement photography students of Lisa Stancati.

  • 12/22/17 - Two chamber music ensembles from South High School have been selected to perform at the Long Island Regional High School Chamber Music Competition of the 2017 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Musicians Program." The LI Regional Competition is a new component this year to the Young Musicians Program.

  • 12/8/17 - Four musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected to perform at the biennial 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, to be held in April, in Atlantic City, NJ. Zachary Lee has been selected from North High, and Noah Harouche, Kimberly Lu, and Christine Suh from South High.

  • 12/8/17 - Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) has won two top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM)-Northeast Region 2016 Video Festival. Received were a First Place Award in the School/Education Category for the video, "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015," and a Second Place Award in the Music and Performance Broadcast (non-professionals) Category for the student filming of the South High School opera, Marriage of Figaro. The Thank a Veteran Program is an annual event held at South Middle School, where veterans are invited to meet with students and informally share their stories. The "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015" video may be viewed at http://tv.greatneck.k12.ny.us/smv15.html. The "Marriage of Figaro" video may be viewed at http://tv.greatneck.k12.ny.us/mof15.html.

  • 12/1/17 - Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher, will lead a chamber music workshop in mid-December at the 70th annual Midwest Clinic, to be held in Chicago. The workshop, titled, "Play for Your Life!: Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin," has been presented by Mr. Rutkowski at 14 previous conferences, including ones sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

  • 11/23/17 - Ten Great Neck Public Schools students from North High School, South High School, and South Middle School have been accepted to perform in Honor Concert Bands at the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Honor Concert Bands Conference. Three students were named Alternates. Honor Concert Band performances will be held in Syracuse, in early March 2017, and will be conducted by college wind-ensemble directors. Students were selected for the Honor Concert Bands by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators who evaluated recordings of student performances.

  • 11/17/17 - Benjamin Rossen, a ninth-grader at South High School, has been named the winner for Composition for Piano Solo, Junior Division. The award is given by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), New York State. Benjamin now advances to the Eastern Division Competition, with results to be announced mid-December. He recently won another MTNA award for the Junior Performance Competition in piano. Benjamin's music teachers at South High are Michael Schwartz, Dr. Pamela Levy, and Mark Boschen.

  • 11/17/17 - Joseph Rutkowski, North High School instrumental music teacher, recently received the 2015 Music Educator of Note Award from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his outstanding achievements in music education and for his exceptional dedication, skill, and knowledge, and for being respected and admired by students, colleagues, and parents. The award is given each year to only one music educator but is presented every-other-year, so that Mr. Rutkowski received the 2015 Award at this year's award ceremony.

  • 11/10/17 - One-hundred seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools have been invited to participate in the 2016 All-County Music Festival performing in the Band, Orchestra, or Chorus. They were chosen by a committee of music teachers from throughout Nassau County, and serve as a standard of excellence for their musical peers and an inspiration to their schools. This annual Festival embraces student musicians in grades 5-12.

  • 11/10/17 - The South High School Boys Varsity Badminton Team had an outstanding undefeated season, winning the 2016 Nassau County Championship. In addition, eleventh-grader Wai Hei (Ray) Ngan is the Undefeated Nassau County Singles Badminton Champion, ranked eleventh nationally, and was recently named a Newsday Athlete of the Week.

  • 11/3/17 - Thirty-four Great Neck Public School students were selected for the 2016-17 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestras. This musical experience brings together Long Island's highly talented, young string musicians.

  • 10/27/17 - Five Great Neck high school students have been named winners in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the most prestigious student competitions in the science community. The Semifinalist from John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School is Luhan (Ophelia) Chen. Winners from William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School are Shawn Kang, Hanxuan (Eric) Kuang, Jaysen Zhang, and Aric Zhuang. North High science research teachers/advisors are Takoa Lawson, Maya Lerner, Alan Schorn, and Jessica Schust, department chair. Science research teachers/advisors at South High are Dr. Carol Hersh and Dr. James Truglio.

  • 10/20/16 - Five high school students in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Luhan Chen is the Semifinalist from John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School. Winners from William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School are: Hanxuan Kuang, Luhan Chen, Shawn Kang, Jaysen Zhang, and Aric Zhuang.

  • 10/20/16 - Benjamin Rossen, a ninth-grader at South High School, has been named a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Eastern Division Junior Performance Competition in piano. He earned this opportunity after winning the MTNA New York State Competition Junior Performance.

  • 10/20/16 - Jeffrey Bernstein, economics, social studies, and government teacher at the Village School, has been named a 2015-16 Gold Star Teacher by W!SE (Working in Support of Education). This marks the eighth time he has received this award.

  • 10/13/16 - Rosemary Sloggatt, long-time art teacher at Saddle Rock School, will have a one-person art show at the East Islip Public Library Gallery, from Nov. 1-30. The exhibit, "Growing Up," will feature nearly 40 works, including paintings, prints, and shadow boxes, based on personal family photographs from Ms. Sloggatt's childhood.

  • 10/13/16 - Thomas Hahn, an English teacher new to North High School, had his essay on masculinity in the film, The Machinist, published in Bright Lights Film Journal, a popular online academic film magazine.

  • 10/6/16 - The Village School has again been named a W!SE Blue Star School having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. This marks the eighth time the school earned this award, which will be presented in November. It is for the 2015-16 academic year.

  • 10/6/16 - Zachary Lee, a senior at North High School, has been chosen as Nassau County's Long Island Scholar Artist for September. Newsday sponsors this competition. The goal of the Scholar Artist program is to honor exceptionally accomplished high school seniors, September to June.

  • 10/6/16 - Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, was recently honored by the Town of North Hempstead during Hispanic Heritage Month for having a "positive influence" in the North Hempstead community. The award was presented by Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, who nominated him for the award.

  • 9/29/16 - Twenty-seven seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). These Semifinalists are among the 16,000 named nationwide having scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year.

  • 9/29/16 - Thirty-seven seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). To achieve this honor, they placed among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

 

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