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TZHS November Rotary Student of the Month

The South Orangetown Rotary Club honored TZHS’s Anthony Ricci as November's Student of the Month. An accomplished member of the TZHS class of 2015, he demonstrates a strong sense of duty towards his community. A trained volunteer for the South Orangetown Ambulance Core and soon to become a certified EMT, Anthony devotes many hours to riding the ambulance and providing first response care. He also volunteers with the Orangeburg Fire Department and serves there many hours each week. He assisted in extinguishing the Clausland Mountain fire last fall. A strong student-athlete, Anthony is a brave, selfless and honorable young man, who sees community service as a vital part of his life.






TZ Model UN Successfully Initiates 2014-15 Campaign

The TZHS Model UN club kicked off its 2014-2015 campaign by attending the first annual John Jay Model United Nations Conference (JJMUNC) hosted by John Jay High School in Cross River, NY. Sixteen students attended the full day conference on November 15th, which began with keynote speaker, Dr. Ronald Jansen who is a long time employee of the United Nations Secretariat, where he now serves as Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch at the United Nations Statistics Division.

Afterwards student delegates broke off into various committees for the day. These included the World Health Organization, NFL Executives Meeting, WWII Prevention, Cold War 1962 Crisis Committee, and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Topics discussed by delegates ranged from historical scenarios like the flaws of the Treaty of Versailles, to 21st century issues including global drug trafficking, domestic violence in the NFL, and the outbreak of the Ebola virus. TZ delegates worked tirelessly all day in unison with delegates from other schools around the northeast to solve these problems. Two TZ delegates, Ryan Zohar and Livy Bartels, received the award of “Outstanding Delegate” for their efforts.

Delegates will be back in January at Columbia University’s annual conference and exposition.



TZHS’s Nicolette Natale Wins Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Award

Teen Ink, a national Magazine and website has announced TZHS’s Nicolette Natale article, “I’m Still Learning”, has been give an Editor’s Choice Award designation on their website. Teen Ink is devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and forums. They offer teens the opportunity to publish their own creative work and opinions on all issues that affect their lives.

Teen Ink is distributed through classrooms and available in libraries nationwide. They are completely dependent on submissions from teenagers worldwide. Teen Ink magazine offers work generated by today’s teen.

The article and special designation can be viewed at: http://www.teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/730277/Im-still-learning/




Leos and Lions Working Together for Others – A Perfect Match

The Blauvelt Lions LEO Club at Tappan Zee High School and the Blauvelt Lions have been working together to help others in a seamless arrangement of cooperation. So far this Fall, Leos and Lions have volunteered at two Soup Angel soup kitchens in Nyack, prepared and baked close to 100 apple pies which were sold at the Blauvelt Lions Applefest in September raising over $6000 for charity. Over 100 Leos and Lions manned the event, which included activities and inflatable rides for children and close to sixty vendors. The groups volunteered at the Fall Work Day at Visions Camp for the Blind on Oct. 11th, and a Road Cleanup in Blauvelt on October 25th. Leos also volunteered at the Orangeburg Family Picnic, the AT Children’s Project Fundraiser, OMM opening day ceremony and the Fragile X Syndrome Fundraiser. The Leos are presently running a toiletry drive to collect items needed for their Breakfast and Midnight Runs to bring food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless of New York City. They are collecting men’s and women’s deodorant, shaving cream and razors, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, small sized shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand lotion. They will also be collecting men’s socks, undershirts and underwear, hats, gloves, scarves and men’s pants, sweatshirts, coats and shoes. Donations can be dropped off in the Tappan Zee High School lobby collection box.





TZHS’s Tones Magazine Brings Home the Awards

TZHS advisors Donna Grasso (art) and Sarah McMane (literature) have announced that the TZHS literary magazine, Tones, had another exceptional year at the Empire State Scholastic Press Awards (ESSPA) sponsored by Syracuse University. Awards are given as Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mentions. The magazine won in 8 different Literary magazine categories.  Winners were announced on October 24, 2014.

Award winners were:


- Sarah McMane, Advisor, Tones, Tappan Zee HS

– Gold - Hannah Kim, Tappan Zee HS - “Untitled I”; HM - Judy Zhang, Tappan Zee HS -“Untitled III”

– Silver - Hannah Kim, Tappan Zee HS - “Tones cover

– Silver - Nicolette Natale, TZHS - “Firefighter”; Bronze - Lily Alig, TZHS - “Sunday” - Jessica Stahl, TZHS - “Better Than Me

LAYOUT (Double Page Spread)

Yuna Shin, Erin Scott, Nicolette Natale & Savannah Lyons, TZHS, -“The Lunar Eclipse - What If... “

Honorable Mention
Ryan Zohar, Ceara Genovesi, Erin Scott, Rachel Maggiore & Nicolette Natale, TZHS, “Wishing Well - Apple Tree”
Lily Samett, Bailey McElderry, Erin Scott, Nicolette Natale, John Hartnett & Shannon Ehmsen, TZHS “Seeing Things Differently - Baby Blue Eyes

LAYOUT (Single Page)
Ellen Xing & Erin Scott, TZHS - “Obsessive Compulsive

Brittany Grandville, Zoe Szmulewicz & Nicolette Natale, Tappan Zee
HS “Sinking

Ali Calegari & Nicolette Natale, Tappan Zee HS - “Those Nights

Elena Kruse, Caitlin Taduran & Nicolette Natale, TZHS “An Unwelcome Visitor

Nicolette Natale, Katie Kim & Ceara Genovesi, TZHS “Granda

Honorable Mention
Quiana Iacobellis & Nicolette Natale, TZHS “Hands
Sandra Goldstein Lehnert, Joseph Desilus, Nicolette Natale, TZHS “I Don’t Think of Her
Sandra Goldstein Lehnert, Cameron Satin-Boerner & Nicolette Natale, TZHS “Indelible Amnesia
Nicolette Natale & Hannah Kim, TZHS “How I Want to be Loved
Nicolette Natale & Connie Hari Park, TZHS “Somewhere

POETRY (Division A)
Nicolette Natale, Tappan Zee HS - “How I Want to be Loved

Anna Stern, TZHS “Small Routines”
Maura Monaghan, TZHS, -“Eccedentesiast”

Erin Scott, TZHS, “Sand

Honorable Mention
Nicolette Natale, TZHS , “Somewhere


RCC Honors 12 SOCSD Students at Hispanic Heritage Awards

Rockland Community College honored students from around the County for their strong academic performance and community spirit at the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Awards. Tappan Zee High School receiving the award were: Grade 10 - Jamie Aguilar, Giselle Castro, Cynthia Chaves, Max Fernandez, Rafael Madera, Michael Morales, and Ethan Traveras; Grade 12 - Kristin Adams, Hansel Almonte, William Carrera, Amanda Figueroa, and Victor Ramos.

Students and their families were invited to attend the awards ceremony at RCC, where words of encouragement from RCC President Dr. Wood and keynote speaker Aimee Vargas, the Mid-Hudson Regional Director of NYS Empire State Development and Executive Director of the MidHudson Regional Economic Development Council were spoken.

TZHS congratulates students and their families on this prestigious recognition.



SOMS & TZHS Italian Language Students Combine to Celebrate Italian Heritage Month

Over 150 families of students of Italian in the South Orangetown Central School District joined South Orangetown Middle School Italian Club and class members and Tappan Zee High School Italian Club and Italian Honor Society members and Italian teachers Roberta Avantifiori, Tricia Castelli, Christina Nilson and Maria Stillo, for the groups’ first annual Italian Potluck Family Night held on October 24, 2014 in the Tappan Zee High School Cafeteria. The Potluck dinner, organized as a celebration for Italian Heritage Month, featured over 50 Pasta and Main dishes brought by each family group attending, desserts provided by the two clubs as well as families, and an hour of entertainment which included the dancing of the Tarantella, a traditional Italian folk dance, a sing-along of Italian songs and a round of Tombola, a form of Italian bingo. The evening was a huge success, and everyone left eager to participate again next year.

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October Rotary Student of the Month
– TZHS Brianna McCleary

Each month, the South Orangetown Rotary honors a senior from Tappan Zee High School based on their contributions to both our school and the broader community. Congratulations to Brianna McCleary, our October Rotary Student of the Month.

Brianna is a hardworking senior with over a 95% average. An accomplished three-sport student-athlete, Brianna is captain of her soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. Following high school, she plans to pursue a career in nursing. She has served as class treasurer for the past two years and is a member of several honor societies and clubs. She has also dedicated herself to her community service, participating and volunteering in the following activities–working at Good Samaritan Hospital, Youth for Hospice, Helen Hayes, Special Olympics, Buddy Ball Sports, St. Catherine’s Church CYO Rec Basketball and the Tappan Zee Youth League Lacrosse Program. She participated in the MS Walk, Pancreatic Cancer Walk, and our own Tappan Zee HS COVE program.




Tappan Zee High School Class of 1965 Celebrates 50th Reunion

The Class of 1965 was the first class at Tappan Zee High School to start 9th grade in the current high school building in Orangeburg, NY. Alumni from the Class of ’65 regrouped from around the country this weekend to celebrate their 50th Reunion, thanks to the work of classmate Jean Ann Tarbox Ford. Fifty-nine of the 184 graduates returned to Orangeburg this weekend, coming from as far as Alaska, Texas, and Arizona, to rekindle friendships with their classmates. The celebration started with a Re-Meet-and-Greet on Friday night, a tour of Tappan Zee High School on Saturday morning, and a dinner/dance on Saturday Night. Our very own South Orangetown CSD colleague Kenny Brown is a member of this graduating class, and he and his classmates shared how they were the first class to paint the rock on Clausland Mountain and other fond stories of their classroom and extra-curricular experiences. They share with one another their life journeys since graduation from Tappan Zee High School. Congratulations to the Class of '65!

Story by Dr. Amos






October’s Italian Student of the Month
– Stephanie Sweeney

Rockland Lodge #2176 of the Order Sons of Italy in America held its Student of the Month Ceremony on Wednesday, October 22nd. The ceremony honors seniors from local high schools for their dedication to the study of the Italian language and culture. Tappan Zee’s honoree for October was senior Stephanie Sweeney. Stephanie’s love of the Italian language and enthusiasm for all things Italian began in Middle School, and has grown throughout her high school years. She is an avid participant in class and shows a deep appreciation for the Italian culture and its people, which led her to participate in two trips to Italy with TZHS. Her enthusiasm extends beyond the classroom, and Stephanie has been an extremely active member of TZHS's Italian Club and Italian Honor Society throughout her four years at TZHS. She was Italian Club treasurer last year, and is President of the Club this year. She is also treasurer of the Dante Alighieri Chapter of the Società Onoraria Italica, the National Italian Honor Society.



TZ Athletes Continue To Pay It Forward

TZ teams were very busy over the past few weekends as they proved the most important wins are not always on the field. TZ Volleyball teamed up with Pearl River Volleyball to host the 5th Annual Orangetown Volley for the Cure game in the fight against Breast cancer. The teams raised over $1,000 for the cause........ (and TZ won the match!).

Last weekend TZ Boys Lacrosse and Middle School Volleyball took part in the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Boulders Stadium.

Back at home, the Middle School Girls Soccer took time out of their practice to donate and pack up packages for the troops. Each package included a personal note from the girls.



Tappan Zee Athletics Earns 2014 5-Star Leadership Honor

Over a year ago, the call went out to New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) member schools for a new initiative called the 5-Star Leadership School Program. This award recognizes schools dedicated to leadership and character development within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character’s 5-Star Leadership Program.

With over 800 high schools in New York State, Tappan Zee High School is the only one in the County, and one of only four schools statewide to receive the 2014 5-Star Leadership School Distinction from the NYSPHSAA, the NAIA Champions of Character Program and Techline Sports Lighting. The other three New York State schools are Arlington HS, Cooperstown HS, and Penfield HS.

Tappan Zee Athletics earned this distinction through the professional development of its coaching staff, team community service, parental involvement, and ongoing character and sportsmanship initiatives.

Tappan Zee, recipient of the Coach and Athletic Director 2013 National Interscholastic Program of Excellence Award, received their personalized 5 Star Leadership banner at the 2014 NYSPHSAA Annual meeting in Section One on Monday, September 15th.



SOCSD Italian Clubs & Honor Society Dance at Italian Feast

An enthusiastic audience joined the South Orangetown Middle School Italian Club Members and the Tappan Zee High School Italian Club and Honor Society Members as they danced the Neapolitan Tarantella on Sunday, September 14th, at the Rockland Lodge Italian Feast which was held over the weekend at the Masonic grounds in Tappan, N.Y.. This is the 5th year that the combined groups have kicked off the entertainment on the last day of the ever more popular 4 day Feast. Following a demonstration of the Tarantella by the students, Italian Teachers Roberta Avantifiori, Tricia Castelli, Christina Nilson, and Maria Stillo, community members were invited to participate alongside the students in the second round of the dance. A large number then joined the group and both students and community members thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Fifteen TZHS Students Score in the Top 5% in National Merit Scholarship Program

TZHS has just announced that of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT last October, 15 TZHS students scored in the top 5% and earned a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations on achieving that distinction go to: Addison Fowler, Sandra Goldstein Lehnert, Christy Joseph, Hyeonjun Kim, Devki Kothari, Amit Krishnan, Changeseob Lim, Benjamin Mart, Maura Monaghan, William Pan, Eli Rapoport, Annika Scilipote, Yuna Shin, William Sullivan, and Emma Wilkinson.

Additionally, of the fifteen Commended Students, two scored in the top 2% and are now celebrated as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. They are, Changeseob Lim and Eli Rapoport. These two students will continue in the program and have the opportunity to become Finalists. Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards as well as a number of other requirements.

In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified they have advanced to Finalist standing.