Scholarship Winners

Three seniors from North and South High Schools are recipients of prestigious award scholarships.

Alex, from North High School, is the winner of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. It is offered for his use at Williams College, where he will be a freshman in the fall. He is one of 2,500 winners nationwide to receive this award. A National Merit spokesperson said, "We hope that being named a National Merit Scholar will be a source of pride and encouragement to you as you begin the challenges of higher education."

South High senior Sabrina is the recipient of a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, awarded to black students. She will be attending New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, in September.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), usually in their junior year. NMSP awards are based on students' academic excellence, teacher recommendations, and PSAT/SAT scores.

Zak, from South High, was selected to receive a $1,000 NASSP/Herff Jones Principal's Leadership Award Scholarship, in the state award category, from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Herff Jones, Inc. He is one of 100 state winners to receive this college scholarship from among some 3,000 applicants. Zak was selected based on a personal essay and his leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience, and academic record. This fall, Zak plans to attend the University of Maryland.


Latin Exam Winners

Fifty-six students were award winners in the 2012 National Latin Exam. These students were guided by Latin teachers Johanne Lynch at North High and South Middle Schools, Robert Vigus at North Middle, and Anthony Pontone at South High.

North High School

Latin I. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Juliet, Lawrence, and Stephanie. Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Kamla, Lauren, and Justine. Magna Cum Laude: Corinne. Cum Laude: James. Prose III. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Arabelle. Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Conor and Terry. Magna Cum Laude: Zachary. Cum Laude: Tyler and Michael. Poetry IV. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Julia. Latin V. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Alex. Magna Cum Laude: Julia.

South High School

Latin II. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Su Yeon (Rachel), Emily, Justin, Rachel, Jin Hyup (Joseph), William (earned a perfect score), Russell, and Jacob. Prose II. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Lelina, Da Young (Clara), and Avir. Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Sharon, Alexander, and Chae Rin. Magna Cum Laude: Evangeline and Rachael. Poetry IV. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Marc and Dominick. Latin V. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Daniel, Jonathan, and Daniel Sieh Wing (earned a perfect score). Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Casey and Kevin.

North Middle School

North Middle's Latin I students "brought home the gold" in a big way--all six winners earned Gold Summa Cum Laude awards and three earned perfect scores. They are: August (perfect score), Jack, Yael (perfect score), Graelin (perfect score), Dean, and Perry.

South Middle School

Latin I. Gold Summa Cum Laude: Brooke, Jack, and Victoria. Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Winston and Robin. Magna Cum Laude: Amanda and Eric. Cum Laude: Benjamin, Daniel, and Hye Rin.


Board Commends South Middle Students

The Board of Education awarded Certificates of Commendation to 103 South Middle School students for contributing to the quality of life at their school.


South High Concert

The South High School Spring Concert II will take place on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. Featured will be choral groups: South Singers, A Cappella, Chamber Choir, and Mixed Choir. Instrumental groups will include: the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band.

South Singers will open the evening with "Mama Who Bore Me," from Spring Awakening. They will be followed by A Cappella performing the Beatles' "Because." The Chamber Choir will perform "Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder!" and "Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain," by Claude Debussy. The Mixed Choir will sing a selection of songs: "Sicut Locutus est," from the Bach Magnificat; "Denn alles fleishch," from the Brahms Requiem; "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," by Stephen Sondheim; "Ain't Misbehavin'," by Fats Waller; and "Flight of the Bumble Bee," by Rimsky-Korsakov. The Symphony Orchestra will perform five pieces, each with a featured student soloist, including Mozart's "Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314"; Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35"; and Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor." The Symphonic Band will close out the concert with "Thundercrest Concert March"; "Selections from [the Disney movie], UP"; "Invicta Overture for Band"; "Selections from Oliver for Concert Band"; and "The Tsar's Bride Overture," by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Instrumental students are under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head, and Mark Boschen and Alex Swerdlin. Vocal students are directed by Dr. Pamela Levy. The concert is free and the public is warmly welcomed. For more information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at 441-4851 or at


South High's Battle of the Bands

On Friday, June 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the South High School Music Department will present its second annual "Battle of the Bands," in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The concert will feature six bands that will each perform a 10-15 minute set of music. Styles will range from rock, to pop and electronic music featuring songs from famous recording artists like Adele, John Mayer, and Metallica, as well as original compositions written by South High students. All performers are students in the Great Neck Public Schools. Most of South's performers come from the Contemporary Music Club, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and/or Music Technology and Guitar classes. Some have learned to play independently. Battle of the Bands will be judged by a panel of four South High teachers: Christopher Beaujon, special education; Sheryl Burger, business/technology; Patrick Graham, English; and David Moyal, social studies. The winning band will have its name added to the "Battle of the Bands" plaque at South High. Anthony Virgilio, event organizer/music teacher, is enthusiastic that Battle of the Bands will be an even bigger success than it was last year. For more information, contact Mr. Virgilio at


Relay For Life Fundraiser

The North High School/South High School Relay for Life Committee, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, will host the third annual Relay for Life overnight event at the North High School football field, at the corner of Polo and Beach Roads. The Relay will run from 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 3, rain or shine. On June 2, two events will be held prior to the Relay. Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be food and entertainment on the football field. Tickets for raffle baskets and Luminaria bags will be available for purchase. The Luminaria bags will be personalized to honor or remember a loved one stricken with cancer, and will be placed around the track. They will be lit just after sundown during a heartfelt ceremony. At 5 p.m., a Survivor's Dinner will be held at North High School in the Commons, 35 Polo Rd. The Dinner is free and open to cancer survivors and their families/caregivers. Anyone interested in attending the Dinner should contact Joan Lazaunik at 482-2543. The Relay officially begins at 7 p.m., when cancer survivors take to the track for the first lap of the evening. The ebb and flow of participants walking around the track continues throughout the night. At sunrise, all participants gather for the closing ceremony and one final lap. Anyone who wishes to participate in Great Neck's Relay for Life should visit the event Web site at for additional information. It has been said that people deal with the realities of cancer in very personal and individual ways. The Relay for Life event is one way that those touched by cancer can be supported in a group experience, rallying together for a common cause. For more information, contact school faculty/staff coordinators Jordana Cohen or Joan Lazaunik at North High, at 441-4720, or Nicole Kinsey at South High, at 441-4862.


Baker Donates Pajamas & Books

E. M. Baker School's Student Council sponsored Pajama Day, during which students and staff, many of whom came to school in their pajamas, donated new children's pajamas and books. These were given to the Parent Resource Center (PRC) in Port Washington. The PRC is a parent co-op that offers disadvantaged families a range of services including classes for preschoolers, parent workshops, social gatherings, and field trips. Nearly 140 pairs of pajamas and over 300 books were donated.


The Adult Program: Summer Preview

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program summer semester begins the week of July 9 and is ongoing through September. Take advantage of our wide array of classes and trips. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours accommodate every schedule. Explore new interests, or enhance existing ones. Most classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. (half block south of Northern Blvd., off Lakeville Road). Online registration is available via the Adult Program Web site at, where you may view the complete course catalog; then follow the registration link. You will receive your registration confirmation by e-mail. Or register by mail, fax (441-4937), phone (441-4949), or in person. Our Early Bird Discount runs through June 15: take $5 off each course over $99 (excludes trips and computer and driver education courses).

Day trips include: Gauguin, Matisse, and Cezanne at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock's Home and Studio in East Hampton, a NOLITA/NOHO Food and Culture Walking Tour, Picasso at the Guggenheim, the New York Historical Society, and a LI Wine Country Vineyards Tour.

Fine arts and craft classes include watercolor, painting in acrylic and oil, classical oil painting, drawing and painting the face, pastels, silkscreen monotypes, solar-plate printing, art of pressed flowers, pottery, and jewelry design using fused glass, beads, Swarovski crystal, and silver.

Enjoy bridge, canasta, and mah jongg, on all levels.

Keep fit now and for many years to come with body workout, bone building, low-impact aerobics, hand-weight training, longevity workout, stretching, Hatha yoga, Pilates, swing dancing, tango and rumba, dance movement for those with Parkinson's Disease, and seated exercise.

Learn a new language or revisit one: Hebrew, Spanish, and an intensive French immersion week. Explore current events, Shakespeare's Othello, or the works of Thomas Hardy. Learn to use your computer and the new technology of e-readers, text messaging, digital cameras, and apps. Music classes include singing, armchair conducting, piano, and the history of opera or jazz.

Come join us this summer--perhaps the best time to learn!