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North Shore’s Top Two Grads

Valedictorian, Jeanne DiSimone

Jeanne DiSimone took the podium at the 2013 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration.

After she graciously asked everyone in the audience to give another round of applause to the Salutatorian, Andrew Fierstein, she began her speech.

“When I thought about what I wanted to say, I looked back and considered the experiences and aspirations that have defined our time at North Shore…we are fortunate to have spent part of our young life here. We are lucky to have attended the North Shore Schools – to have been a part of a community of parents, family, friends, teachers and administrators that were so deeply invested in our education….She concluded by saying, “If we have one collective goal going forward, it should be this – take the very best of our community with us. Strive to create the same level of support wherever we go. Ultimately, the mark we leave on tomorrow will be based on the contributions we make to the communities of which we are a part in the future…”   

It is clear from reviewing DiSimone’s extensive list of awards and honors that she has approached every challenge of her high school career with hard work, passion and dedication. This is reflected in her numerous accomplishments including:  receiving the Harvard Book Prize Award, Long Island Press High School 2012 Journalism Award, Senior Award for Excellence in Italian, The First National Bank Award of Long Island, Anthony D. Famighetti Award, Herman Weisman Award for Excellence in Science, North Shore Schools Federated Employees Annual Essay Writing Scholarship Award, Community Service Merit Award, Freda Kittleberger Award in Mathematics, and  Division Winner at Brookhaven Labs Science Bowl. She was also an AP Scholar with Honors, National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, Student of the Month in January, Member of the Math Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta, Member of the Foreign Language and Science Honor Society, and Vice President of Promethean Chapter of the National Honor Society.

While her academic accomplishments have been outstanding, Jeanne also participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities including: Editor in Chief/Treasurer of the North Shore High School Newspaper, member of the North Shore High School String and Symphony Orchestra (Violin), North Shore High School Peer Education Leader, an intern at Angion Biomedica Corporation and a volunteer at St. Christopher -Ottilie just to name a few.

Jeanne offered her underclassmen the following advice, “Take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you because your time at North Shore and throughout your life is what you make of it. ”

Jeanne’s stellar achievements have earned her acceptance into Georgetown  University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she will be studying International Relations. Everyone at the North Shore Schools is sincerely proud of her many accomplishments.

Salutatorian, Andrew Fierstein

Over his past four years at North Shore High School, Andrew Fierstein has truly excelled. Among his long list of honors, Andrew received the following: The Edward Mangano Nassau County Executive Community Service and Academic Excellence Award, and F. Remington Furlong Faculty Honor Award. His achievements include: Coca-Cola National Scholar, Long Island Math Fair Gold Medalist, a presenter of math research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team, and recipient of the Nassau Zone of NY Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Award. Andrew was nominated for the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and achieved High Honor Roll throughout his high school career.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Andrew was Co-President of the National Honor Society, North Shore High School Student Government (SGO) Treasurer, a North Shore High School Peer Leader, and Co-Chairperson for the Relay For Life of North Shore for seven years. With all of his hard work and leadership, the Relay For Life this year set the standard on Long Island, raising over 200,000 for this important cause. 

During the 2013 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony, Andrew said,“…We have all faced challenges. Whether it has been the death of a loved one, a divorce, parent losing his or her job, a fight with a best friend, etc…with a little perseverance, and the will to push forward, we have all made it here today and that is something we should be very proud of. It is the compilation of these experiences and challenges that have made us who we are today. But, the amazing thing about going off to college is that unless you let it, your past no longer needs to define you. College is a fresh start…we are all given a clean slate…a chance to reinvent ourselves…an opportunity to become whatever and whoever we want to become…” He summarized by saying, “I will always remember this extraordinary North Shore community. And no matter where we each end up, we should all remember that it all started here, and North Shore High School will always be home to the Class of 2013…”

Andrew will be attending Hofstra University in September. He has been accepted to the eight-year B.S./M.D. Program.
Upon leaving high school, he concluded by stating to his younger peers, “Find a few teachers or staff members and build a good relationship with them. I have received a top of the line education and through my personal experiences; I have found the faculty at North Shore to be extremely supportive.”