Happening at the Great Neck School District

The Island Now

Rotary recognizes middle school students

The Rotary Club of Great Neck annually recognizes students from North Middle and South Middle schools who demonstrate an exemplary level of community service and a commitment to “service above self.”

Receiving this year’s Rotary Youth Merit Award are: William Benjamin, Danielle Gardner, and Claire Ng from North Middle School; and Sarah Sun, Simona Rubinchik, and Evelyn Won from South Middle School.

Award winners were applauded by proud parents, school administrators, and faculty members during a Zoom ceremony.

Signing Day celebration at South High

On May 27, South High School hosted a signing event to celebrate seniors who will play sports for colleges and universities this fall.

Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz, Athletic Director Donald Herr, coaches, and parents were on hand to applaud the following students on their academic and athletic accomplishments: Kyra Au (track), Brandeis University; Kristina Garcia (soccer), Stonybrook University; Spencer Lee (track), Brandeis University; Sabrina Lin (track), University of Rochester; Amber Roggendorf (softball), Western Connecticut University; Giuseppe Seidita (baseball), Limestone University; Lia Seo (lacrosse), Simmons University; Nicholas Shen (swimming & diving), Brown University; Eric Shu (track), Stonybrook University; Hunter Waldman (basketball), SUNY College of Environment Science and Forestry; Sean Wang (wrestling), Penn State University; and Justin Whang (swimming & diving), Yale University.

New York Thespian Festival award winner

South High School junior Rosanna Gao was recently honored for her original one-act play that was featured in the 2021 New York Thespians One Act Festival, sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association. Rosanna’s one-act play, “The Story of Li Keng Wong,” was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for Student Written Work.

The New York Thespians One Act Festival was open to middle schools and high schools across the state. Students pre-recorded original one-act performances, which were streamed and adjudicated during the virtual festival from April 23–25.

Rosanna submitted her one-act play as a member of South High Thespian Troupe 7486, a chapter of the International Thespian Society. The faculty advisor is Tommy Marr, drama teacher/Theatre South director. Thespian troupes are chartered in public and private schools throughout the country, representing excellence in theatre education.

North High Choir wins top honor

The North High School Choir is the winner of the first annual Harmony Helper Mosaic Award, part of the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance. This awards program is presented by the Broadway Education Alliance.

The Harmony Helper Mosaic Award is a new award that recognizes the artistry and creativity of high school choral groups. The North High Choir entered the competition with a recorded a cappella performance that featured individual students performing their vocal parts remotely. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher/performing and fine arts department chair at North High.

Submissions for this regional competition were adjudicated by a professional theatrical conductor/music director along with executives from Harmony Helper, a music education app.

“We are so impressed by the creativity, vocal skills and showmanship of the school choirs in the New York area,” said representatives from the award program, noting the challenges of learning complex arrangements remotely this school year. “Their performances are remarkable and a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of the Music Directors working in schools.”

The Broadway Education Alliance, presenter of the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, is a non-profit organization that supports theatre arts education and enrichment programs.

Community Ed summer session

The Great Neck Community Ed program is pleased to present the Summer 2021 Catalog, now available online. The summer semester will begin on July 6 and registration is currently open. With more than 60 courses available, there’s something for everyone!

Courses include a mix of in-person and online classes. In-person classes meet at 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck, one block south of Northern Blvd., off Lakeville Rd. Online classes are conducted via Zoom, a video conferencing program.

The Summer 2021 Catalog is available in a digital format on the Community Ed website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/ce. Residents are encouraged to flip through the easy-to-use digital catalog to learn about course offerings and register with just a click of a button. Explore all that Community Ed has to offer this season, including:

Creative Arts & Crafts: Create something beautiful in our Community Ed facilities or from the comfort of your own home. Explore drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, and jewelry making.

Fitness and Movement: Get moving with exercise classes, yoga and stretching, meditation, Tai Chi, Zumba, and several different styles of dance. Course offerings accommodate all fitness levels.

World Languages: Learn a new language or improve your conversational skills with beginner through advanced courses in Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Yiddish.

History and Our World: Explore art history, global history, politics, and popular culture.

Literature and Writing: Join one of our writer’s workshops or book clubs.

Games and Hobbies: Play canasta, join a baseball discussion, or enjoy gardening at Clover Farms.

Entertainment: Learn to play piano or guitar, sing for fun, or join a class about classical music or movie history.

Personal Development: Sharpen your accident prevention skills and get savings on car insurance by completing a Defensive Driving course.

Additional information is available by calling Community Ed at (516) 441-4949 or visiting the website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/ce. Registration can be completed over the phone, via email at gncontinuinged@greatneck.k12.ny.us, or online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/gnpscommunityed. Links and instructions for online registration are also available on the Community Ed website.

Join us for another exciting season at Community Ed! Be sure to follow Great Neck Community Ed on Facebook for the latest program updates.

About the author

The Island Now

Share this Article