Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
Cristina Lai, a South High School senior, is a recipient of a Rising Scientist Award, presented by the Child Mind Institute, for her outstanding achievements in science. Cristina was one of 10 twelfth-graders in the New York metropolitan area to receive the award. Additionally, the science department of each award recipient’s school received $500 to be used toward supplies, equipment, and books.
Students were nominated by their school and then selected by the Institute through an open submission process that involved reviewing student research papers, presentations, and articles that featured each nominee’s accomplishments in science and research, as well as their academic and extracurricular activities.
Dr. Carol Hersh, Cristina’s Advanced Placement Chemistry and Science Research teacher at South High, explained that she was nominated for this award “based on her strong performance in her science courses and in science research, as well as her contribution to the Science Olympiad team.” Cristina’s research has involved the study of genetic and neurological disorders, and treating patients with these disorders.
“We are delighted to award Cristina for her truly exceptional work,” stated Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute. “I know Cristina and her peers have a bright future in whatever they set their minds to. I commend Great Neck South High School for fostering a strong commitment to the sciences and instilling their students with a love of learning.”
The Child Mind Institute’s mission is to find more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, build the science of healthy brain development, and help provide children and their families with help, hope, and answers.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.