The Class of 2012--Honors and Awards

An overview of the Great Neck Public Schools Class of 2012 reveals 595 graduates from our three high schools: 240 from North, 340 from South, and 15 from the Village School. Over 95 percent of the graduates will pursue higher education in either two- or four-year colleges. The remainder historically seeks employment, vocational training, or enlistment in the Armed Services. Graduation ceremonies for North and South High Schools take place on Thursday, June 21, at Tilles Center, LIU Post, with North's ceremony in the morning and South's in the afternoon. The Village School graduation was held on Wednesday afternoon, June 20, at the school. A look at the traditional awards--valedictorian and salutatorian--and awards unique to Great Neck follow. New awards and the student speeches, a vital part of the graduation ceremonies, will appear in future editions of this newspaper.

Valedictorians & Salutatorians

North High's Valedictorian is Matthew; Susan is Salutatorian. South High's top of the class are twin brothers: Valedictorian is Brian and Salutatorian is Joshua.

North High Valedictorian Matthew is a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor (earning perfect scores on his four exams), and a Bronze Winner in the National Spanish Exam. He was president of TriM (national music honor society), co-president of Model Congress, and a founding member of Adopt-a-Dream (a club that works to fulfill the dreams of underprivileged, disabled children). Matthew participated in the All-County Orchestra (playing clarinet), was vice president of North High's Chamber Music Society, concertmaster of the Symphonic Band, and section leader in the Symphonic Orchestra. He also performed at Lincoln Center, in the Young Ensembles Concert, in a clarinet and flute duet. Matthew was a Peer Advisor, captain of the JV Tennis Team, and received a Nassau County Outstanding Student Award for Physical Education. He plans to attend Duke University.

South High Valedictorian Brian is a National Merit Finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction (earning perfect scores on his five exams), and a Gold Medalist in the National Spanish Exam. He was co-editor-in-chief of South High's newspaper, The Southerner, and of Mosaic, the school's foreign language literary magazine. Brian was co-president of DECA and co-vice president of Government Club. He was also vice president of DECA Regional (Nassau County) and took several top awards in DECA competitions, state and international levels, including five First Place Awards. He was inducted into the NYS DECA Honor Society. Brian participated in the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress, twice being named Best Delegate in Committee. He was a member of the Second Place Team in the NYS Economics Challenge, a recipient of a NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and a Highest Scoring Student, regionally, in the AAPT Physics Bowl. He was a member of the South High Table Tennis Club, Key Club, and Quiz Bowl. Brian will be attending Princeton University.

North High Salutatorian Susan is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist, an Advanced Placement National Scholar, and a First Place winner in the National French Exam. Susan participated in the Columbia University Science Honors Program and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She took First Place in Physical Science at the Research Association Invitational Science Fair and in Behavioral Science at the NY Science & Engineering Fair. Susan earned Highest Honors at the Long Island Science Congress, a Silver Medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Research Fair, and Honorable Mention in Earth and Planetary Science at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair. She was a member of the North High Math Team that received an Honorable Mention in Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge. Susan was president of the Math Team and Science Olympiad, and was a staff writer for the school newspaper, Guide Post. She played violin at the All-County Music Festival and the Long Island String Festival, and was principal violin in the Children's Orchestra Society, Young Symphonic Ensemble. Susan was captain and MVP of the North High Varsity Badminton Team and a top singles player in the team's Nassau County Conference. She has volunteered over 100 hours at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital. Susan plans to attend Stanford University in the fall.

South High Salutatorian Joshua is a National Merit Finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction (earning perfect scores on his five exams), and a Gold Medalist in the National Spanish Exam. He was co-editor-in-chief of South High's newspaper, The Southerner, and of Mosaic, the school's foreign language literary magazine. Joshua was vice president of Congress, Government Club, founder and president of the Table Tennis Club, and Student Government treasurer. He was co-president of DECA, taking four First Place Awards at DECA competitions, state and international levels. He was also public relations officer of DECA Regional (Nassau County) and was inducted into the NYS DECA Honor Society. Joshua was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress and Yale University Model Congress and was named Best Delegate in Committee at each. He was a recipient of a NYS Regents Scholarship for Academic Excellence, a member of the Highest Scoring Team at the AAPT Physics Bowl, Division 1, Region 3, and a member of the Second Place Team for the NYS Economics Challenge. Joshua was a contributor to Exit 33, the school's creative writing magazine, and a member of Key Club and Academic Team Club. He will be attending Yale University.

Barstow Awards

Matthew and Susan at North High (North's valedictorian and salutatorian are traditionally the school's Barstow Award recipients), and Andrew and Maria at South are this year's Barstow winners. The coveted Barstow Award was established in 1962 by Françoise and William Barstow in memory of their only son, Frederic Duclos Barstow, who died of pneumonia at age 35. The Barstows were prominent Great Neck residents after whom Barstow Road is named. Recipients of the annual Barstow Awards must be in the top 10 percent of their class and be "outstanding in leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and service." Each recipient receives a monetary prize.

Andrew is a National Merit Finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor (earning perfect scores on his four exams), and a Silver Medalist in the National Spanish Exam. He was section editor of and columnist for The Southerner, the school newspaper. Andrew was treasurer of DECA, taking top awards at DECA state and international competitions. He took awards at the Yale University Model Congress and the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress, where he was named a Best Delegate. Andrew was Key Club secretary and South High Model Congress Club treasurer. He was a member of the Tennis Team and was nominated twice for Nassau County Tournament. Andrew will attend Cornell University.

Maria is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, a Gold Medalist in the National Spanish Exam, and an All-County Orchestra violinist. She was a four-year member and president of Academic Outreach and the Community Action Committee. Maria was also a four-year member of the Girls Soccer Team. She has volunteered at Milal Mission, an organization for people with special needs, since eighth grade, and is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award and a Volunteer Certificate of Commendation from the Korean-American Association of Greater New York. She plans to attend Cornell University in the fall.

Scott Moss Award

The co-recipients of the Scott Moss Award, given at South High School, are Valedictorian Brian and Salutatorian Joshua. This Award was established in 1977, in memory of Scott, who was an outstanding South student until his death from cancer. The Award is given to the graduating senior who exemplifies the "service, concern, interest, and ability of Scott Moss."

Gleitsman & Taney Awards

The recipients of two North High awards--Alan L. Gleitsman and Genelle Taney Memorial--are announced at North's graduation ceremony and will appear in a future edition of this newspaper.

 

Foreign Language Learning at the Adult Program

Make the most of your summer--learn a new language or re-introduce yourself to one learned years ago. Beginning courses in Spanish and Hebrew, as well as an intensive, one-week French immersion are offered by the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program for the summer session beginning in July. All classes meet at the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. For more information, or to register, call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949 or visit www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration and complete catalog descriptions.

French Immersion

This is your opportunity to speak French everyday! Review important grammar points and conjugation. The focus will be on the conditionnel form and the subjontif form. Start each daily session with phonetic exercises and focus on improving fluency by adding vocabulary and idioms. Learn how to be a tourist in France, able to plan a trip completely in French from A to Z! This is a good opportunity to meet people who share the same love for France, its language and culture. The atmosphere will be relaxed and fun, so join us and immerse yourself in French! Instructor Anne Sarfati lived in France until recently, when she moved to Great Neck. She is a graduate of the Alliance Francaise of Paris, where she studied to become a French as a Second Language Teacher. She was then hired by the Alliance to teach for them. She has worked backstage at a French TV channel and has a law degree. Prerequisite: French Advanced Intermediate & French Advanced. Class meets for one week, from Monday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fee: $129 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $139 for nonresidents.

Hebrew: Beginner

Learn to converse in Hebrew, quickly and easily. An experienced teacher will guide you joyously. No prior knowledge required. Instructor Dorit Gryn is an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College and Hofstra University. She has taught Hebrew since 1983. (Ms. Gryn also teaches advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced Hebrew classes. Please see the catalog for complete descriptions and schedule.) Class meets nine Tuesdays, July 10-Sept. 4, 11:50 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Fee: $145 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $155 for nonresidents.

Spanish: Beginner

¡Hola! This introductory course will concentrate on practical Spanish that will enable you to communicate with people you may come in contact with in daily life: employees working in the home or business, clients and customers, service people and sales people. You will be able to travel comfortably in Spanish-speaking countries. The practical approach and shortcuts presented will allow you to communicate quickly and simply; conversational techniques will be emphasized in a friendly and relaxed class atmosphere. Hasta la vista, amigo. Instructor Naomi Penner has taught Spanish and French in Great Neck since 1968. She also teaches Brush Up Your Español for the Adult Program. Class meets nine Tuesdays, July 10-Sept. 4, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Fee: $99 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents age 59 and younger; $62 for Great Neck and Manhasset seniors age 60 and older; $62 for Great Neck and Manhasset high school students; $109 for nonresidents.

Getting Started in Spanish: Beginner

Become acquainted with the sounds of common American Spanish and with the most basic sentence patterns. A communicative approach will be used and conversational Spanish on everyday topics will be included. Learn Spanish while gaining confidence in your linguistic ability. Textbook, about $18, available in class. Instructor Renee Wasserman is multilingual and has taught a variety of language courses, including Spanish, French, ESL, Turkish, and Latin. She also teaches Spanish for Dialogue for students with prior knowledge of Spanish who wish to improve their conversational skills. Getting Started in Spanish: Beginner meets 10 Wednesdays, July 11-Sept. 12, 1:15-3:15 p.m. Fee: $115 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents age 59 and younger; $71 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents age 60 and older; $71 for Great Neck and Manhasset high school students; $125 for nonresidents.

 

Make Music with the Adult Program

A variety of musically themed classes are part of the Great Neck Adult Program's summer repertoire. They include armchair conducting; cabaret performance workshop; vocal training; singing for fun; group piano instruction for the beginner and beyond; jazz exploration; and opera history. All classes meet at the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. For more information, or to register, call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949 or visit www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration and complete catalog descriptions.

Armchair Conducting

Enjoy the spirit of great music as you let your inner conductor shine! Learn basic baton techniques and discover what all those gestures at the podium mean and how musicians interpret them. Favorite and popular works by the greatest composers will be used to put into practice what you have learned. You do not have to know how to read music to take this class. Baton, approximately $20, available from the instructor. Mark Amsterdam teaches this new class on six Mondays, July 9-Aug. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $55 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $65 for nonresidents.

Cabaret: Intermediate

Focus on selections from Broadway musicals. Perform in a cabaret concert at the end of the course. Enrollment limited to 8. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Cabaret: Beginner or some performing experience. Beth Goodrich teaches this course on nine Tuesdays, July 10-Sept. 4, 3-5 p.m. Fee: $179 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $189 for nonresidents.

Cabaret: Performance Workshop

You've dreamt of singing on stage as long as you can remember. This workshop will fulfill your lifelong dream--to perform on a stage, standing in the spotlight and singing with total confidence. It's a perfect way to overcome your fears and get past your self-doubts through the magic of music. The environment is supportive and nurturing. Enrollment limited to 8. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Cabaret Intermediate and performing experience. Beth Goodrich teaches this class on 10 Wednesdays, July 11-Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $199 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $209 for nonresidents.

History of Opera

Learn to listen to opera through selected operas. Masterpieces by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and other masters will be analyzed and enjoyed. Emphasis will be on the individual merits of each opera and how it represents the style of the period. All sessions will be devoted to enhancing the opera-goer's enjoyment of the theatrical experience. Sina Kiai teaches this course on nine Tuesdays, July 10-Sept. 4, from 3-5 p.m. Fee: $99 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $109 for nonresidents.

Jazz: Musical Exploration & History

Each week, discuss a group of players and singers and the particular kind of music they made from 1940-70. Through videos, get a sense of what it was like to experience a live performance. Through analysis and discussion, the value of the musicians and their music will lead to a greater appreciation and enjoyment of the music. Part of each session will have some historical, social, and political context presented, as well as where the music fits within the history of jazz. Martin Saltzman teaches this course on nine Tuesdays, July 10-Sept. 4, 4-6 p.m. Fee: $125 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents, age 59 and younger; $77 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents 60 years and older; $77 for Great Neck and Manhasset high school students; $135 for nonresidents.

Piano: Beginner

Learn basic music notation, piano technique, musicianship, and sight reading. The level of study will run from the rudiments to short pieces of the classical masters. Sina Kiai teaches this class (and all other piano classes below) on 10 Wednesdays, July 11-Sept. 12, from 1:30-3 p.m. Fee: $109 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $119 for nonresidents.

Piano: Intermediate

Learn to play a variety of music, including music of your choice. Focus on understanding the form and structure of the music studied, improving technique and sight reading, and the best way to practice. Prerequisite: Piano Beginner or equivalent. Class meets 10 Wednesdays, July 11-Sept. 12, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Fee: $109 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $119 for nonresidents.

Piano: Advanced

For those who are refining their finger technique, increasing repertoire, practicing for performances, and sight reading. Prerequisite: Piano Intermediate or equivalent. Class meets nine Mondays, July 9-Sept. 10 (no class Sept. 3), 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: $135 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $145 for nonresidents.

Serious Singer: Advanced

This workshop will focus on mastery of vocal technique, musicianship, and song interpretation. Songs will be selected by an experienced voice teacher and coach to challenge and delight you. Enrollment is limited to 10. Prerequisite: Serious Singer I or equivalent. Ethel Siegel teaches this class 10 Thursdays, July 12-Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m. Fee: $185 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $195 for nonresidents.

Singing for Fun

Explore your own personal favorites from the music of the Great American Songbook. Learn the techniques that allow you to make a song "your own," including how to swing a song or even give it a blues quality. With professional piano accompaniment, sing as a group and individually. At the last session, there will be an "open mike" performance for those who want to show off their new-found skills. Ken Grossman leads this class, accompanied by Fred Gatti on the piano, on nine Fridays, July 13-Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $239 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $249 for nonresidents.