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South High School Graduation Speech

Faculty, families, and fellow classmates, good afternoon. 

 

Thank you all for coming today. I’m very honored to be speaking at graduation, representing our class. I know that everyone graduating today has invested countless hours of hard work these past four years. Whether it be academics, sports, film, gaming, art, music, dance, theater, or any other endeavor, my classmates can do it all. 

 

On behalf of all of us, I want to thank our teachers for their dedication and support. Our teachers devote many afternoons and free periods to extra help. We all appreciate their commitment to developing each student’s potential.

 

We have an amazing community of students here at South. While the academics are tough, I’ve never faced any cutthroat competition. I know that whenever I’m struggling, my classmates are willing to help me out. 

 

I found plenty of help with challenging WebAssign questions by asking classmates in that not-so-secret Facebook group we failed to hide from Mr. Wells last year. Other times I just enjoyed their empathetic company while staying up late to work on homework. Assignments are not nearly as daunting when I know I have a network of supportive peers. 

 

That’s what makes our class special, not our ranking as a high school, not our SAT scores, not the colleges that accept us. It is the respect and care that we show each other and the fact that we don’t let test scores and grades overcome all else. I’ll always remember the incredible drive and kindness of our class. 

 

After this summer, we may not see each other too often, but I hope we maintain our sense of community no matter where we go. I believe everyone will be successful, regardless of the field he or she enters. Thank you and good luck.


News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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