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Thirty TZHS Students Spend Spring Break In Spain

Over the Spring break, thirty Tappan Zee High School students left for a trip to Madrid and southern Spain. They were accompanied by Ms. Suzanne Moskowitz, Ms. Dana Stranges and Mr. Randy Altman. After arriving in Spain, they went on a walking tour of Madrid and saw the incredible Royal Palace. They also had the opportunity to soak up the sun outdoors while sampling chocolate and churros. The next morning after a tour of the Prado Museum, they boarded a high speed train to Sevilla where they saw a Flamenco show, sampled the tapas, toured the famous cathedral and the Arabian palace, and climbed the Giralda tower, the tallest building in Sevilla. After a couple of days in Sevilla, they took a private bus to Córdoba where they saw the Mesquita (mosque), a mixture of Moorish and Christian architecture and trappings as well as the old Jewish quarter.

The next two days were spent in Granada, the home of the Alhambra, a famous Moorish palace occupied by the Moorish kings until the Catholic kings reconquered the city. They also traveled to Antequera, their tour guide’s home town, where they were able to see up close and learn about the extravagant holy week floats used in the processions. The next to last stop was Málaga, an elegant city on the Costa del Sol (the southern coast), where they had a couple of hours on the beach, toured the city and castle, and saw some of Picasso’s works in the city in which he was born. Later they caught the high speed train back to Madrid where they had paella in a quaint restaurant in the city center.

On their last day they had a little time for some last minute shopping, lunch, and a final “adios” to España before beginning their journey home. “Students as well as chaperones had a fantastic time, and are dreaming about their next adventure in Spain,” said Moskowitz.

 

 

TZ Spanish Honor Society Inducts Sixty-Eight Members

Sixty-eight juniors and seniors of Tappan Zee High School were inducted into the Tito Puente Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society at a candle-lighting ceremony on April 3, 2014, with their families and Spanish teachers proudly applauding their milestone. The student inductees promised to continue their studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, recognizing that it unites peoples of different cultures. The guests of honor were Mrs. Margaret Puente, widow of Tito Puente, the late world-renowned bandleader and “King of Latin music”, and their daughter, Ms. Audrey Puente. Audrey Puente, TZHS alumna and Fox 5 meteorologist, told the students how proud her father was of his Puerto Rican heritage and how he enjoyed conversing with his fans and friends in Spanish, while the audience viewed a video of Tito in action on timbales. Dr. Ken Mitchell, Superintendent of Schools, and TZHS Principal Dr. Jennifer Amos addressed the students, acknowledging the importance of learning Spanish, one of the world’s most widely used languages. Spanish Honor Society members need to maintain an average of 90 or above in Spanish, and provide community service and peer tutoring throughout the year. Teachers Elise Moloney and Peter Burgos serve as Spanish Honor Society Chapter Advisors.
 

Pi Anyone? - It's Not Just for Dessert

On Friday, April 4th the annual observation of Mu-Fest was held at Tappan Zee HS. The day-long fair, which takes place in the TZHS library, features original math games created by the members of Mu Alpha Theta under the direction of teachers Seth Resnikoff and Jeanne Benecke. The entire TZHS student body rotates in and out of the library all day to enjoy the fun and challenges of the festivity. As a special part of the Mu Fest tradition, Cottage Lane Elementary’s 5th grade classes visit the fair at the high school's library at an appointed time to play the math games and answer the age appropriate math challenges prepared expressly for them. The celebration has been held for enough years that the HS student members of Mu Alpha Theta can now remember when they were in 5th grade visiting the HS and playing Mu games.

This year’s games included, Math Skee Ball, Mathketball, Wheel of MU, MUsic Tree, Who wants to be a MUllionaire, MU-ctionary, MU with friends, and MU 2 1. All day long, the winners from each challenge receive tickets which can be redeemed for healthy snack treats.
 

 

 

 

TZ Academic League Trophy Repeat Will Have to Wait for Next Year

The Academic League……. a battle of the minds, testing buzzer skills and a variety of knowledge, from Galileo to Gaga. This year’s Academic League season was marked by wintry temperatures and snowy landscapes, but chilly temperatures did not hinder the season as the games heated up.

The Academic League squad had big shoes to fill following last year’s championship in the culminating invitational tournament at Suffern High School. TZ’s Dream Team, made up of Ryan Zohar, William Pan, Jack Ryan, Zach Reiter, Keith Carreon, Max Fernandez, Sydney Chang, Dylan Clarke, and Sam Gould, had high hopes and aspirations of triumph. Nerve-racking tie breakers meant a suspenseful season, but in the end the Tappan Zee Academic League Team was left with a modest record going into the annual invitational tournament.

Everything leading up to the tournament thus far had been practice, a test run of sorts, providing a first-hand account of our opponents. At this point, the only thing that mattered was the Rockland County Invitational Tournament at Suffern High School and bringing home the trophy once again. The first step was making it out of the first bracket and into the semi-finals. The first game in the group was a loss, and the second a heavy handed victory. With all the teams in the group at an even record, it came down to the numbers to decide who would move on, a point total average would decide the outcome. A mere fifteen points, or one to two questions in game, separated Tappan Zee from the victors of the group.

Though the Tappan Zee Academic League team had taken an early departure from the action in the tournament their spirits were not broken. The team looks forward to reclaiming what was once theirs next year, better than ever.

 

TZ’s Future Writers Attend Young Author’s Conference at RCC

On March 20th, members of the English Honor Society, Tones, and Hepcat were selected to partake in the Young Authors Conference at Westchester Community College. The Young Authors Conference was created 27 years ago, with the intention of honoring and encouraging outstanding high school students who have demonstrated talent and interest in writing. The conference, held each March at Westchester Community College, provides highly stimulating opportunities for students to be active participants in writing workshops with professional writers, including novelists, poets, editors and journalists. Students gain an understanding of how writers write and learn of the diverse careers open to writers. The Young Authors Conference and Young Authors Master Class: A Day of Writing and Editing are open to high school students each year in Putnam, Westchester and Rockland Counties.
 

TZ Students Attend Spanish Repertory Theater Production

Seventy students from Ms. Arietta and Mr. Burgos’ Spanish AP and Spanish V classes spent the day at the Repertorio Espanol, the Spanish Repertory Theater in Manhattan, and viewed Garcia Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba. The production was entirely in Spanish. Seeing the play live, in Spanish, was a special treat after having read it in with their respective classes. Many students will also be participating in the writing contest for Act IV. Submissions will be sent directly to the Repertorio Espanol by May 15th.

 

 

Rotary Student of the Month—TZ’s Conor Lynady

TZHS senior Conor Lynady was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Lynady, a community minded student, has been involved in Tappan Zee High School and the town of Orangetown in many honorable activities. He deeply understands the importance of civic involvement. Lynady is a trained state certified firefighter and has spent many hours volunteering in Orangetown. He is also a Tappan Zee High School blood drive volunteer and a member of the Leo’s Club which does many community service activities both here and in the surrounding urban areas. He is a member of Students against Destructive Decisions where he works to help the younger students make sound decisions about their social activities, as well as a volunteer Lacrosse referee for Orangetown youth leagues. Additionally, Lynady volunteers with the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt nursing home helping to organize their medical supplies and assists at their annual Barbeque. Lynady has been a student who understands teamwork and puts forth a positive attitude.
 

 

 

TZHS Places 3rd in Lower Hudson Valley Regional History Day Contest

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Tappan Zee High School social studies teacher Matt Robertson and four students from the History Honor Society attended the Lower Hudson Valley’s Regional History Day Contest. Juniors Shannon Ehmsen, Georgia Schindele, Lily Samett, and Kelly McMullen won 3rd Place Medals for their exhibition entitled “Anti-Burqa Law,” an in-depth look at how Italy, France, and Belgium have passed legislation banning Muslim women from wearing their traditional dress in public in the name of domestic security. Their exhibit highlighted the theme of Rights and Responsibilities, which was this year’s focus for the contest. The students’ hard work and dedication to crafting this project was truly exemplary and their exhibit is now an alternate-nominee to compete in the State Contest in late April. The students will be speaking about their project at the high school's History Honor Society Induction later next month where it will also be on display for the evening.

 


Sons of Italy Honors TZ Senior Nico Grillo

After a hiatus of a few months for renovations to the Lodge building in Blauvelt, on Wednesday evening, March 19th, the Rockland Lodge #2176 of the Order Sons of Italy in America held its Student of the Month Ceremony The ceremony honors TZHS seniors for dedication to the study of the Italian language, as well as to the Italian Club and Italian Honor Society. March’s honoree was TZ senior Nico Grillo. Grillo’s love of the Italian language and enthusiasm for all things Italian dates back to middle school, where he was President of the Italian Club for 2 years. He is an avid participant in class and is very proud of his Italian heritage. He shows a deep appreciation for the Italian culture and its people. Grillo’s enthusiasm extends beyond the classroom. He has been an extremely active member of TZHS's Italian Club and Italian Honor Society throughout his four years at TZHS. He is also very involved in community service through the Leo Club and was a member of the tennis team for the last five years. He will be attending Manhattan College in the fall and is planning to major in Civil Engineering.

 

 

TZHS Science Olympiad Team Excels at States

The TZHS Science Olympiad Team competed at the state competition March 14th and 15th at Kellenberg Memorial High School, on Long Island. After the entire team of over 30 students participated in a Yale University-sponsored invitational in January and placed fourth at February’s regional competition, 15 students, (the maximum allowed), continued to bulk up on knowledge, hone up on skills, and design and build specified projects.

The team came home with four medals in two events. Junior Alex Chin and her partner sophomore Sienna Perry finished fifth in bungee drop, while Sophomore John Chin and partner freshman David Lustig placed eighth in elastic launched glider. The other 11 members of the state level team also performed well in circuit lab, compound machines, mission possible, and rocks and minerals as well as all other events.

The students’ performance in this competition places the team in the top 10% of over 400 participating teams in New York. TZ was the only Rockland County team to reach States, and TZ’s students outscored teams which placed ahead of them at Regional's. This is the highest level reached by any team in the County in over ten years.

The team’s strong performance was bolstered by the support and attendance of quite a number of parents and staff. With the graduation of some very strong and experienced senior team members, remaining team members look forward to the continued development of students already on our team and the arrival of next year’s freshmen, who are working hard at SOMS.
 

 

 

TZ’s Luke Gavigan Earns All-American Status

At the National High School indoor track championships this past weekend at the Armory in NYC, Tappan Zee Junior Luke Gavigan earned All-American status by finishing 2nd in the mile. NYS Champion Gavigan's Millrose Games mile time of 4:08.96 stands as the fastest high school indoor mile in the Nation for 2014 and the fastest HS indoor mile in nearly 30 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Nine SOCSD Students Honored at Black Achievement Award Ceremony

This year two Tappan Zee High School students and seven SOMS students were recipients of the Black Achievement Award. The annual event, sponsored by Rockland Community College, celebrates Rockland County students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 who have a cumulative GPA of 90% or higher and have demonstrated academic and/or personal accomplishments in at least two of the following five areas: community service; artistic expression; athletic ability and accomplishment; leadership activity; and personal triumph and success.

TZ senior Patrick Flanagan and sophomore Sienna Perry as well as SOMS’ 6th graders Christian Jones, Justin Lee, Isaiah Olds-Campanile, Angelina Picott and Lola Wright, and 8th graders Jamil Alexandre and Nykia Sturdivant-Reyes received the award.

***This Just In***
It has just been announced that TZHS won 1st Place for their "Crime and Punishment" video, a snapshot of criminal justice in Rockland County, at the 2nd Annual Rockland County HS History Contest. The Board of Trustees of the RC History Society has invited TZHS back to present it again at a future Board meeting.

 

 

 

TZHS Students Present at 2nd Annual Rockland County HS History Conference

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, History Honor Society advisor Matthew Robertson and Social Studies Team Leader Scott Silver attended the 2nd Annual Rockland County High School History Conference. This day-long gathering is designed for high school history honor students and their advisers from all over Rockland County. In addition to speeches from historians and dignitaries, including County Executive Ed Day, County Clerk Paul Piperato, and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Travis Jackson (“Hillburn: Tragedy and Triumph”), students from each high school were asked to prepare short presentations for their peers about an interesting topic or event in Rockland County History. Six TZHS students – Ellie Kitman, Brianna Yee, Kate Turrell, Ryan Zohar, Jaclyn Wecht, and Sandra Goldstein Lehnert – presented an original 15-minute documentary and accompanying lecture entitled “Crime and Punishment in Rockland County.” Their well-received project included an exclusive interview with Rockland’s District Attorney, Thomas Zugibe. Among the many things the students talked about were the controversy surrounding the treatment of patients at Letchworth Village, the effects of the Brinks Robbery, and advances in medical forensics that were created by Thom Zugibe’s father, the late Frederick Zugibe, in the mid-20th century. The project allowed students to engage in interdisciplinary learning as they connected history to science, economics, justice and law, politics, pop-culture, and technology. Students also had an opportunity to meet personally with Mary Cardenas, a town historian, and Orangetown Supervisor, Andy Stewart, to talk about local history and other exciting new developments coming up for the area. The discussion included a substantive dialogue about the implications of the new Tappan Zee Bridge design and ways to further integrate the study of Rockland County history in our school curriculum.

 

 

TZHS Leo’s Zumba for Charity Night Raises Over $1200 for PENGUIN PLUNGE!
Click on the image to view a slideshow from the evening!

Leo Club members, joined by many TZHS students and members of the South Orangetown staff and community came out for an hour of ZUMBA on March 6th, to raise money for the Penguin Plunge to help out the families of two Rockland County children with serious illnesses. The Leo Club raised just under $1300 from ticket sales, and donations from TZHS staff, students and members of the South Orangetown community. Sangeetha John, a TZHS senior and one of this year’s Penguin Plunge recipients, was present at the event. Zumba instructor Judith Richards led the close to 100 participants in an hour of dance and exercise. “Everyone had a wonderful time and came away with a tremendous sense of satisfaction in having exercised for an hour and also contributed to a wonderful cause, commented Leo Club advisor Tricia Castelli.

This is the second year that we are holding this event for the Penguin Plunge, and the Leo Club officers are thrilled to have almost doubled the number of participants, as well as more than doubled the amount of money we are able to donate to the Penguin Plunge”, she added. Participants left asking when the next Zumba Night would be. Hmmmmm...perhaps in May???

 

TZHS Wins “COOL SCHOOL” Trophy and “Plungie” the Penguin for Participation in Penguin Plunge

The 7th annual Penguin Plunge on March 2nd in Nyack, New York took place during one of the coldest winters on record. However the polar temperatures did not deter participants from jumping into the Hudson River. Attendees kept warm dressing in costume, participating in shore side entertainment, and most importantly raising money to help defray the medical costs of two local children. Past events have raised more than $125,000 over the past six years. The crowd remained entertained by the music, food and the local talent on hand including the world's fastest talking woman, Fran Capo. TZHS won a “Cool School” trophy for the largest number of participants, and a largest individual group trophy was given to the Boys and Girls Lacrosse team who were there in force. The “Cool School” trophy was given to a school that has more than 20 participants in any combination of staff/students/parents. TZHS, which was the school with the most participants received a 6 foot balloon penguin created and donated by a local balloon artist. “Plungie” now greets visitors to the HS in the Main lobby.

Executive Director Barbara Noyes said, "We look forward to creating lasting memories, raising money for the local community, and helping many brave participants check off an item on their bucket list.” For more information about the Penguin Plunge and other events, please like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/penguinplungeNY or see our website www.penguinplungeny.com.

The Penguin Plunge is a local 501c3 charity that works to help support local families that have children with serious medical needs. Fundraising efforts include a Zumba night, a restorative yoga class, Penguin trivia, and of course-the annual Penguin Plunge. The Plunge is free, but a $20 donation is suggested and includes a commemorative t-shirt! For more information, please contact Barbara Noyes at 917-846-6763 or email b.noyes@gmail.com
 

15 TZHS DECA Members Compete at 2014 State Conference

On March 5th 15 Tappan Zee High School students headed north to Rochester, NY for the 2014 DECA State Conference. With over 2,000 people in attendance, the TZ contingent was instantly awed by the complexity and organization of the Conference. The Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, is a unique club in which students can enhance their leadership, presentation, and business skills. Students are also eligible to compete against other talented individuals across the region and state. With an emphasis on business categories such as finance, marketing, hospitality and tourism, and management services, students are responsible for completing an exam and participating in role play events with highly qualified judges. Tappan Zee students not only excelled, but 6 garnered overall recognition on stage in their competitive categories.

This year alone, TZ increased its membership to 55 for which the chapter received state recognition. Ultimately, with 6 of TZ’s competitors placing top 10 in test and role play events, and even one qualifying for nationals, TZ DECA will continue to successfully grow in the years to come.

Awards were given in the following categories: Will Sullivan – Sports and Entertainment Promotional Plan -top ten overall finalist, First Place in New York State. Sullivan is eligible to compete at the National DECA Conference in Atlanta. Louis Clements – Hotel and Lodging Management -top ten in written test; Nick Paniza – Retail Merchandising-top ten in written test; Tara Smith – Business Services Marketing -top ten in written test, top ten role play 1, top ten role play 2, top ten overall finalist; Kathleen Skelly – Principles of Finance -top ten in written test; Zhaoyi (Judy) Zhang – Principles of Business Administration -top ten in role play, top ten overall finalist.
 

River Rowing Association Names Fall 2013 NYSSRA Scholar/ATHLETE Teams

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association recently announced the Nyack-based River Rowing Association’s (RRA) Girls’ and Boys’ Teams, led by Head Coach, Oksana Tsimbalova, earned Scholar/Athlete Team status for Fall 2013. The following team members from Tappan Zee HS were acknowledged for having an individual GPA of 90% or above: Elizabeth Ginsberg, Ellie Kitman, Lucy Tasker, Dylan Kelly, Chris Lovrin, Lukas Michaels, and John Waffenschmidt, and Jaclyn Wecht

The New York State Scholastic Rowing Association’s (NYSSRA) Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program was created to acknowledge the academic achievements of the New York State’s scholastic rowers. Implemented in 2009 and awarded at the end of each spring and fall season, the program recognizes nominated varsity high school teams and clubs who meet certain criteria, including a team grade point average of 90.000% or above during the current competitive season.
 

 

TZHS Science Olympiad Brings Home 22 Medals at Regional's-Advances to States

The Tappan Zee High School Science Olympiad Team will compete at the state championship meet to be held on March 14 and 15th in Uniondale New York after qualifying at an invitational event held at Yale University in late January, and then moving on to the regional competition at Byram Hills High School on February 1st.

Competing against a field of 38 teams, Tappan Zee won twenty-two medals in 12 different events, coming in fourth overall. First place winners included Tappan Zee seniors Judy Zhang and Sohi Kim for compound machines (a design and physics event,) junior Shawn Shapiro and freshman Daesob Lim for the horizontal crane "boomilever" and sophomore Skylar Karzhevsky and junior Sandra Goldstein Lehnert for rocks and minerals. The TZ medal haul included chemistry lab, entomology (insect classification), circuit lab, water quality, disease detective (epidemiology), dynamic planet (effects of global warming on glaciers), forensic science, and "green generation (ecological issues).

Team advisors Kristin Distante and Frances Duffy said, “The team has added six new events and is eager to face an even higher level of competition at the state championships, where they plan to win many more medals and hopefully advance to the national level”.

 

 

TZHS’s Ceara Genovesi Wins Prudential Spirit of Community Award & President’s Volunteer Service Award

TZHS senior Ceara Genovesi has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals, the award honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10% of applicants nationwide. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
 

 

 

 

Blauvelt Lions and TZ Boys Basketball Alumni Sponsor New Scoreboard

Blauvelt Lion and Past District Governor Ray Icobelli recently presented SOCSD Athletic Director Liam Frawley with a check in the amount of $11,000 to be used toward the purchase of a new basketball scoreboard for the TZHS gym. The Blauvelt Lions are continuing in their tradition of supporting TZ athletics, having previously co-sponsored the Scoreboards on the present Football field, as well as on the Softball field. The Lions are sponsoring the new scoreboard together with the TZ Boys Basketball Alumni.
 

 

 

 

 

Two TZHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program has just announced Finalist status to Tappan Zee High School seniors Carolyn Qian and Christopher Lovrin. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

All winners of Merit Scholarships are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.  Scholarship winners will be announced later this year.

Carolyn has taken and excelled in the most difficult courses available to her in high school. She is a dancer, musician, member of many honor societies, Captain of the tennis team, a peer tutor and donates many hours to doing community service. Carolyn is a dedicated member of S.O.A.C, and in a few months will be a fully certified EMT. Carolyn will attend a competitive university next year, where she will study medicine.

Christopher is a bright and caring young man who spends much of his free time either engaged in musical competitions, tutoring or leadership roles in school. His intended major in college is Chemical Engineering. He is the vice president of the Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) and a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies. He is a brilliant musician; principal cellist at the Rockland Conservatory of Music and a member of the Tappan Zee High school orchestra since the ninth grade. He enjoys tutoring math and science and is also involved in the Peer Leadership program at Tappan Zee where he is a mentor for freshman students. Christopher is an experienced sailor and also a member of the Nyack River Rowing club.

 

TZHS ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The Orangetown Rotary Club honors one TZHS senior each month to honor their commitment to community service and their examples of strong ethical ideals. The Orangetown Rotary is a local branch of an international organization with over 1.2 million members. Their mission is to help build goodwill and peace worldwide, and to help with global issues such as illiteracy, disease, hunger, and environmental concerns.

SOCSD is proud to announce the honorees so far from the class of 2014:

February 2014 Celine Stewart – is a member of the Blauvelt Ladies Auxiliary which hosts various community events and supports local firefighters in their work. She is also a valued member of the Blood Drive Team and the local Leo’s Club. Celine is carrying a full course load this year and is currently pursuing a senior seminar internship in an elementary classroom. She is interested in studying education as a possible major next year.

 

 

 



 

January 2014Nicole Papalambros - one of the top students in the TZHS class of 2014, she is treasurer of the senior class, treasurer of S.O. and a member of numerous honor societies. She is ambitious, positive and energetic, and she comes from a family who values the concept of giving back. Last summer Nicole went with her mother and sister to Africa, becoming members of a group called Build On, which focuses on building schools in underdeveloped parts of the country. They lived amongst the villagers and were able to create strong relationships with some of the people. Nicole marks it as a life changing event and looks forward to being able to take many such trips in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2013Mike Manni - is interested in becoming a member of the ROTC and has shown interest in criminal justice, military science and engineering as possible careers. He has undertaken a strong college prep program at Tappan Zee High school and has performed exceptionally well in all of his classes. Michael has also contributed greatly to his community, participating in the Leo’s Club where he enjoys raising money for different charities. He has also worked for the past three years as a waiter at the local senior citizen residence-Dowling Gardens. He is a member of the Solar Car Club and Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse as well as the National and Italian Honor Societies where he tutors. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Sparkill Fire Department and an alter server at his church.

 

 



 

November 2013 Janice Puder - a standout in this year’s senior class, taking challenging courses and earning a strong GPA. She has spent the past six summers doing community service through an organization called Rustic Pathways. Because of these experiences she has developed a global perspective rarely seen in such a young person. In Costa Rica, she taught English to elementary students, in Sardina, she worked in nursing homes and while in India she worked with Tibetan refugees and taught English to a Tibetan monk. Janice was awarded the Star Alumni Award by Rustic Pathways and will be a group leader when she travels to Cambodia next summer. Janice is looking forward to a career in the medical field and to continuing her extraordinary contribution to international community service.

 

 

 

 

 

October 2013Erin Albin - a genuinely compassionate and altruistic young woman. Of her many accomplishments during HS she identifies her participation with the HS Blood Drive Team at the top of the list (she is co-chair and helps coordinate the three annual drives). Erin has also been a Youth For Hospice volunteer for the past 3 years helping with fundraising and organizing events, a Heroes and Cool Kids Mentor, and currently a Delegate Representative for the class of 2014. Erin is a highly family and community minded individual who aspires to become a teacher. She is a positive and enthusiastic person altogether worthy of the Rotary Club honor.
 

 

 


May 2013 Sohi Kim - has been able to mesh her interests and talents into her community service activities. She is an assistant and volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY for the past 3 years where she has dedicated many hours of service. She is a volunteer tutor for the past two summers at Ivy Rule where she teaches AP Physics prep course. She is the president of our school’s Science Olympiad team where she has maintained a leadership role for the past 2 years. Sohi has taken the most challenging curriculum in our school and will graduate near the top of her class. She has expressed an intense interest in the field of Physics, optics and philosophy. She is also a talented musician who plays the cello and has participated in the All-County and All State Orchestra competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

TZ's Luke Gavigan Wins Mile - Breaks National Record

Tappan Zee Junior Luke Gavigan won the Boys Mile at Saturday's 107th annual Millrose Games in New York. Gavigan's time of 4:08.96 breaks his earlier record of 4:15.68 and stands alone as the fastest high school mile in the nation for 2014.

 

 

 

 


TZHS Art Students Visit Museum of Art & Design

On Friday, February 7th students in Ms. Donna Grasso’s Sculpture & AP Studio in Art Classes went on a field trip to The Museum of Art & Design in New York City.

The exhibition, “Digital Fabrication in Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design,” explored the ways digital processes have reshaped our relationships to art, and design. It also demonstrated recent innovative methods for gathering, producing, and arranging information in an attempt to show shifts in our ways of sensing and thinking.

Students observed that 3-D printers could be used for more than just prototyping by being used to make art projects and sculptures. Also available to the students were the programmers who discussed new ways to make websites more user friendly. A few of the artists made a motor bike powered by a Bosch drill.

The students then broke up into groups to make projects based on an algorithm that their tour guide gave to them.

 

 

 

 

TZ Runner Luke Gavigan Awarded Double the Recognition

TZ Junior Track runner Luke Gavigan has had a hectic week of exemplary rewards. Gavigan was named the NATIONAL High School Athlete of the Week by Running Times Magazine.

As if that wasn’t enough on any student/athlete’s resume for a single week, he was also highlighted by the prestigious Millrose Games.

SOCSD congratulates Luke on these two milestone awards.

 

 

 

TZHS Students Enter the Third Dimension

Students in Mr. Nick Desantis' Introduction to Engineering Design class were busy designing original artwork for key chains to be brought to life on their Maker Bot Replicator 3D. The students create their own original designs which are then imported to the Replicator and transformed into 3 dimensional works using the Replicator and filament which follows and cuts out the computer generated designs to create them. The class is an introductory course from Project Lead the Way and is part of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) focus in the South Orangetown Central School District.
 

 

 

TZHS's Victor Armaniaco Achieves Eagle Scout Status

TZHS senior Victor Armaniaco has recently achieved the honor of receiving the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was the beautification of the flagpole area around the Frederick W. Loescher Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY. Armaniaco, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, got the idea for his Eagle Scout project while walking around and noticing the flagpole area at the entrance to the cemetery had broken blacktop and dead grass and was in an overall state of disrepair. He felt he wanted to make this final resting place a place of comfort to all family members coming to visit their loved ones.

The project took 1 1/2 years from planning stage through completion. The completed area includes a circle of pavers around the American Flag in place of the broken macadam and dead grass. This is also the area where the flags of the different arms of the military are displayed. Armaniaco said, "Now people visiting the graves of their loved ones can have a more comforting experience with the beautification of the entrance to the cemetery."

Armaniaco is a member of Troop 2 in Nyack. He has an interest in video game programming and design, and is an AP Computer Science student.

 

 

1,000 Points to Tie History!
TZ Senior Basketball player Kristen McLaughlin became just the 3rd Girl in TZ history to score her 1000th point. She did it in Tuesday’s game against Nanuet at TZ! Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Jaskot, Recipient of Section One Scholar Athlete Essay Award
Congratulations to TZ senior track runner Erin Jaskot, who today was presented with the Section One Scholar Athlete Essay Award. Erin was recognized today at the winter professional development meeting of Section One Athletic Directors. Erin's essay on What Interscholastic Athletics and Sportsmanship has Meant to Me now goes into consideration for the New York State Athletic Directors Award to be announced in March.
 

 

 

 

 

 

TZHS Italian Students Test Their Literacy Skills

TZHS Italian class students spent some of their time before mid-terms honing their literacy skills, reading articles written in Italian regarding different sports and entertainment personalities, as well as current jobs opportunities. Students selected an article of interest to them from several provided, such as pieces on Italian soccer player Francesco Totti, Italian basketball players in the NBA such as Danilo Gallinari and Andrea Bargnani, singers such as Katy Perry and Shaquira, and fashion bloggers of today. After reading and discussing the article with other students who made the same selection, the group presented their article to the class. “The entire activity was both motivational and educational as well as enjoyable to the entire class” commented Italian teacher Tricia Castelli. “They said they look forward to the next opportunity to try out their skills with their classmates.”

 

 

 

Forget the Video - TZHS Students Opt for the LIVE Opera

Students in the Italian program at Tappan Zee High School attended a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last Tuesday evening, January 14th. Accompanied by parents and friends, and following a pre-opera reception in the high school lobby, the group boarded the Coach bus for a ride into Manhattan to enjoy the outstanding production. Students studied the opera in class over the past two weeks, and although they viewed a video Met performance of La Bohème in class, they all agreed that there is nothing like being able to experience a live performance at the Met. Many of the participants have already put in their names for next year. Which opera? It will be up to Italian teachers Tricia Castelli, Christina Crowe and Maria Stillo to decide which opera they will teach next year, that will coincide with a Met performance.

 

 

TZHS National Honor Society Inducts Ninety Five

Tappan Zee High School Honor Society inducted 95 new members in a candlelight ceremony held at the high school on January 7, 2014. Inductees, selected by the chapter's faculty council, met the criterion of high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

"We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community," said Nicole Farish, chapter adviser.

The Tappan Zee High School chapter also recognized the contributions of its 102 seniors who received a senior pin. In addition, the chapter acknowledged two teachers, Ms. Claudia Arietta and Mr. Scott Silver, for their influence on the students' lives and education at TZHS. Three seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the NHS ideals were recognized with special certificates.

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools and since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership.
 

 

 

TZHS Italian Honor Society Inducts 62 New Members

The Dante Alighieri Chapter of the Società Onoraria Italica at Tappan Zee High School inducted 62 new members into the local chapter of the National Italian Honor Society. Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian, over 400 people attended the annual candle-lighting ceremony. Re-inducted at the ceremony were 39 second year members and 44 third year members. To be invited into the Honor Society, students must maintain a 90 average in the study of Italian, as well as an 80 overall average in other academic areas. To maintain membership and be re-inducted, students must maintain the same average, as well as perform 12 hours of community service per year. Tricia Castelli and Maria Stillo, Italian teachers at TZHS and co-advisors of the Dante Alighieri chapter, congratulated the students “for demonstrating not only excellence in the study of Italian, but for the endless enthusiasm shown for both the language and the culture”.

 

 

TZHS Leos Pay It Forward Regardless of Weather

Over 50 members of the Blauvelt Lions Leo Club at TZHS, accompanied by members of the Blauvelt Lions club, collectively volunteered close to 200 hours over their Winter Break helping others. Leos joined the Immaculate Conception Church of Stony Point on a Midnight Run to New York City on December 21st. The group made four stops, feeding over 50 homeless New Yorkers. They also distributed toiletries, clothing, Christmas presents and some cheer and comfort to those less fortunate. On Monday, December 30th, more than 20 Leos volunteered at Soup Angels in Nyack, preparing dinner, plating desserts, washing dishes and serving over 60 members of the community. Before the guests arrived, Leos made holiday cards for all the attendees, which did much in brightening everyone’s evening.
 

 

 


TZ Athletics Spirit of the Season is Soaring

The Tappan Zee High School Winter Track team put their best foot forward by donating over one hundred pairs of shoes to People to People of Rockland. Last year, People to People provided assistance to nearly 14,000 Rockland households. More than 95% of all donations go directly to providing programs and services.

In the same spirit of giving, the Tappan Zee Volleyball and Baseball teams combined efforts to purchase holiday gifts to be delivered to the Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center. The teams met at Greenbush Presbyterian Church on December 18th to sort, wrap and label the gifts.

 

 

SOCSD Honors its Student Firefighters for their Efforts on Clausland Mountain

On December 19th, at a meeting of the SOCSD Board of Education, eleven TZHS students received certificates of appreciation for their efforts and hard work in helping to put out the fire on Clausland Mountain last month. The students, all volunteer firefighters, represented three firehouses in the community. Matt Byrne, Kenny Gordon, Brian Kearney, Conor Lynady, Chris Oettinger and Anthony Ricci serve with the Orangeburg Firehouse and received their certificates under the proud eye of their Chief Neil Lynady. Bailey Domenick, and Celene Stewart received certificates with the support of their Chief Christopher Conklin. Brandon Basso, Andrew Heuler, and Roberto Lopez represent the Sparkill Firehouse and received certificates with their Chief Michael Yannazzone, Jr. proudly watching over the ceremony.

Members of the Board of Education, Ken Mitchell, Superintendent of Schools, the students, and the Chiefs of the three Firehouses all gathered for a group photo of thanks and appreciation for the work the firefighters do for the community.

 

TZHS Senior John Waffenschmidt Becomes Eagle Scout

On December 7th, TZHS senior John Waffenschmidt was celebrated in becoming an Eagle Scout in a ceremony conducted by The Eagle Scout National Court of Honor held at Rockland Lake State Park. For his required Eagle Scout Project, Waffenschmidt reconstructed the Horse Chock Creek Bridge on the Long Path, located in Harriman Park. The previous bridge was destroyed as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be attained in the Boy Scout Program. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million scouts. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit by abiding by the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. An extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages is included in the criteria. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that distinctly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.

 

 

 

Cheers to the SOCSD Members of the Orangetown Patriot’s Winning Cheerleading Teams

Students from both TZHS and SOMS competed last week as part of two teams from the Orangetown Patriots Cheerleading program at the Pop Warner National Championships in Walt Disney World. Taking home a Gold Medal and the National Championship was the team that included TZHS students Tricia D'Auria, Olivia Rogo, Grace DeRosa and Brianna Pertuz. The 2nd Place Silver Medal was won by the team that included SOMS students Jaclyn Pagliocca, Hayley Schroder, Olivia Cosimano, Michelle Gallagher, Samantha Duffy, Paige Lamadrid, Zoe Skura, Samantha Pertuz, Sophia Morales, Grace Aamodt and Sofia Tasello.
 

 

TZHS Leos Bring Holiday Cheer To Young Children and US Troops

What can give more satisfaction than bringing cheer during the Holiday Season to those less privileged than ourselves or to those serving our country and away from their families? Members of the Blauvelt Lions Leo Club at TZHS spent an afternoon after school making Holiday Cards and packaging gifts bought by the Blauvelt Lions for the Holiday party they throw each year for the young ladies at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, as well as for our troops abroad. The cards and gifts were sent out with boxes of items donated for our troops, and shipped by the Blauvelt Lions in their Adopt-a-Platoon project. The cards included personal messages for the holidays, as well as messages of thanks to those serving our country.
 

 

 

TZHS Clubs To The Rescue in the Philippines

The Tappan Zee High School COVE program joined forces with the Blauvelt Lions Leo Club at TZHS to run a collection for the victims of the Typhoon that hit the Philippines in November. The joint group collected clothing, canned goods, stuffed animals and toiletries for the victims, and, with the help of the Blauvelt Fire Department, delivered 37 large boxes of items to a New Jersey shipping company which offered to ship items for free to the devastated area.

Tricia Castelli, Leo Club advisor said, "We ran the collection for just a week, due to shipping time constraints, and were amazed at the quick response from the students and community, who brought items to Tappan Zee High School as soon as the request went out. It is always wonderful to see how our students and their families are always there to help out in these situations."

The entire effort and delivery was coordinated by Tricia Castelli, Denise Dubois, Elise Glickman and Rizza Pielago.

 


TZ Girls Basketball Plays for the Cure


On December 6th, the TZ Girls Basketball team held its annual 'Pink' game in the fight for the cure for Breast Cancer. This year the game raised over $2,000 for the cause. Special shout outs went to the organizers, Mrs. Mary Paul and Coach Tom Cromer.

 

 

 

Tones Brings Home 14 ESSPA Awards

TZHS Advisors Donna Grasso (art) and Sarah McMane (literature) are pleased to announce 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.

Listed are the winners for the following categories:

OVERALL PUBLICATION:
Gold - Staff, Tones

ARTWORK/ILLUSTRATION:
Gold - Owen Gould, “Untitled
HM - Christina DiBiase, “Untitled, p. 2”

NON-FICTION:
Silver - Madison Schindele, “Adventures of a Lost Girl”
Bronze - Jessica Risolo, “Baby (Don’t) Got Back”

PHOTOGRAPH:
Silver - Abbie LeWarn, “Untitled p.2”
Bronze - Sage McAvoy, “Untitled p.3”

POETRY: Gold - Nicolette Natale, “Seasons”
Silver - Madison Schindele, “Shaboozie”
Bronze - Sandra Goldstein-Lehnert, “Pretending in the Darkness”

USE OF TYPE/IMAGE:
Gold - Christina DiBiase, Grace Callan, Nicolette Natale, “The Bully Slayer”
Johnathan Wilborn, “Being Black”
Silver - Ali Calegari, Cameron Satin-Boerner, Erin Scott, Tones, “Ivory Keys”
Jean-Marie Toher, Sage McAvoy, Nicolette Natale, “Ivy”
Bronze - Sandra Goldstein-Lehnert, Christina Akdemir, “You Are My Light”
Nicolette Natale, Abbie LeWarn, “Seasons”
HM - Ali Calegari, Erin Scott, “For the Fallen” Madison Goldrick, Caroline Skae,
Christina Akdemir, “Summertime Ecstasy and Geminids

 

Fall 2013: Major Community Service Effort for the TZHS Blauvelt Lions Leo Club

Community service continues to flourish at Tappan Zee High School. October and November saw over 250 members of the TZHS Leo Club involved in various community service projects and events. After more than 100 Leos helped out at the Blauvelt Lions Applefest in Piermont on September 30, it was time to turn energies to other projects. Leos and Lions joined forces on October 12th, volunteering at Vacation Camp for the Blind in Spring Valley, cleaning up and painting the cabin sponsored by the Blauvelt Lions, and raking leaves. On October 19th, the Leos sponsored a Zumba Night for Charity for Homes for Heroes in Tappan, New York. Community members and Leos came together for an hour of intense exercise, and raised $472.00 for charity. Over 20 Leos, along with members of the Blauvelt Lions Club, joined forces again on October 19th, and cleaned up Van Wyck Road, Erie Street and 5th Avenue in Blauvelt. The following weekend, Leos participated in a Midnight Run into Manhattan along with the Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point to bring food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless of New York City. The group fed over 50 homeless individuals on the Run which lasted from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Other Leos helped out with various community projects, such as the Farm to You Fest, sponsored by the Rockland Farm Alliance and the Light the Night Walk for Charity in Pomona. On Monday, November 4th, Leos volunteered at Soup Angels in Nyack, a community Soup Kitchen, serving dinner to over 50 members of the community. The Leos were also extremely busy organizing the Make a Difference Rockland Community Service Fair, a community event whose purpose is to inform the public of the many community service opportunities as well as of the many services which are available in Rockland County. Over 90 Volunteer Groups and Charities exhibited in the Tappan Zee High School Gym, explaining their purpose and recruiting volunteers amongst the over 1000 individuals that attended the event. The Leos' helping hands extend beyond our county and the city, and the last two weeks, Leos have been busy helping to collect clothing, toiletries and canned goods for the victims of the Typhoon in the Philippines.

 

“It’s wonderful to see that the desire to help others is so contagious”, says Leo advisor Tricia Castelli. “Students come in every day to find out if they can join the club because they want to help in the community. Some activities can have a limited number of participants, and there is always a waiting list of students wanting to participate. It’s a wonderful feeling to see our young people so enthusiastic and excited about giving back to their community.”
 

 

Celebrating Italian Heritage and Culture Month at Tappan Zee High School

The students in Tappan Zee High School's Italian classrooms, Italian Club, and Italian Honor Society have been busy celebrating Italian Heritage and Culture Month! At one of the first club meetings of the year, members of the Italian Club prepared the school for Italian Heritage and Culture Month. At the meeting, students created signs and labeled the parts of the school building in Italian. On October 4th, members of both the Italian Club and the Italian Honor Society sold refreshments at the Italian Heritage and Culture month concert featuring the Yonkers Concert Band held by the Giovanni da Verrazano Lodge of the Sons of Italy in the Tappan Zee High School Auditorium. The students even joined in the final number of the evening—an Italian sing-a-long. On October 13th, members of the Italian Club and Italian Honor Society celebrated Italian culture by marching alongside many local Italian-American organizations in the annual Rockland County Columbus Day Parade held in Tappan. As a class activity, students in all Italian classes celebrated Italian Heritage and Culture Month by translating the recipe for Italian Pizzelle and making the cookies in class. The Italian Club also celebrated Italian cuisine and spent an afternoon cooking and eating "risotto alla Milanese" and "pasta all'amatriciana." To end the month in Italian classes learned how to play an Italian card game, "Scopa."
 

TZHS’s Acoustic Underground - A Dynamic Success

The music lovers of South Orangetown were clapping, cheering, and singing along at Tappan Zee High School’s Acoustic Underground. Forty TZHS student musicians and singers performed twenty-five well known pieces from original scores. This semi-annual event, sponsored by the Spanish Honor Society, has become extremely popular with students, parents, and teachers who enjoy the musical talent of Tappan Zee High School's students. The audience was also entertained by witty emcees, Chris Lovrin and Dylan Kelly, both members of the SHS. The Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish Club decorated the library with a Day of the Dead theme as the event was held on the Hispanic holiday Dia de los Muertos. The Acoustic Underground will be back in May.

 

TZHS Italian Honor Society Students Visit Sunrise Senior Living Center

It was an afternoon of Italian Bingo at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Old Tappan, NJ on October 30th, as over twenty Tappan Zee High School Italian Honor Society members spent a very pleasant hour playing “Tombola”, an Italian version of bingo, with many of the residents. This was a return visit to the assisted living facility by popular demand of the residents, since members of the Italian Honor Society had visited the residents last spring. After explaining the game, some students called the numbers, while others worked side by side with their Sunrise partners on filling their cards. Everyone had a great afternoon and the students were invited to come back once again for another visit.
 

 

25 TZHS Music Students Selected for AREA ALL-STATE Music Festival

TZHS has just announced 25 students have been selected to perform in the 2013 Area All-State music Festival on November 22-23 at Tri-Valley Secondary School in Grahamsville, NY.

The festival is comprised of the best student musicians in Rockland and five nearby counties. These students were chosen from a group of over 2000 applicants based on their outstanding solo audition scores from last spring's NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo evaluation festival. Students will meet with their counterparts at Tri-Valley Secondary School on November 22nd for intensive rehearsals lasting approximately five hours.

The students will return on the 23rd for continued rehearsals which will culminate in concert performances at 3:00pm and 5pm that afternoon. The ensembles will be led by guest conductors from various parts of the U.S., who will lead the groups and share with the students their wealth of knowledge and experience as top professionals in the music field.

Students selected were: (from Band) Keith Carreon, Changseob Lim, Taylor Simpson, Carolyn Qian, and Ryan Zohar; (from Orchestra) Diana Cha, Christine Choe, Jane Choe, Joshua Dayson, Emily Hayden, Sohi Kim, Leo Ko, Andrew Lee, Alexander Li, Chris Lovrin, Sarah McKiernan, Kaila McKiernan, Hannah Murray, Yuna Shin, and Alice Tao; (from Chorus) Juliana Bartels, Henry Graney, Sonya Harrow, Siobhan Monaghan, and Emma Weiss.

 

 

Volley for the Cure

Tappan Zee and Pear River Volleyball teamed up for their 4th annual Volley for the Cure last Friday. Together the two teams combined to raise over $2000 for breast cancer!

 

 

 

 

 

TZ Athletes In Service To Their Community

Last weekend the TZ Boys Soccer team participated in the first annual Westchester vs. Rockland Challenge for Breast Cancer. The challenge was set up with a five game schedule over the course of the day with some of the top teams in the section. Each game featured one team from Rockland against one team from Westchester to determine final County bragging rights for the season. It wound up as a Westchester win for this year, but there is always next year to look forward to.

The Challenge raised over $3,000. to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer.

On the same weekend, the TZ Middle School Volleyball team put their best foot forward by assisting at the Mickey Sullivan Duathalon to help raise awareness in the fight against Huntington’s Disease.

 


2014 Nat’l Merit Scholarship Program Names 10 Commended TZHS Students

THSD has been notified that 10 students have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. This program recognizes approximately 34,000 students nationally for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for the National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5 % of more than 1.5 million students that entered the 2014 competition. Recognized TZ students are: Rouhin Ghosh, Elizabeth Ginsberg, Brenna Henry, Olivia Joseph, Sohi Kim, Ryan Marren, Tyler McCloskey, Zoe Millard, Zachary Reiter, and Peter Woo.

In addition to the ten Commended Students, TZ’s Patrick Flanagan was named a National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant.

 

TZ’s Carolyn Qian and Christopher Lovrin Named 2014 Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

The 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's semifinalists which include two TZ Seniors the prestigious completion.

Carolyn Qian is one of the top academic students in the senior class. She is a talented musician and has played the flute in Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra during her entire high school career. She’s a four year varsity tennis player and a member of The National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, History Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Carolyn is a volunteer member of SOAC and by the end of the year will be a certified EMT. This year, she is working as a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and is looks forward to becoming a pre-med major in college next year.

Christopher Lovrin also ranks among the academic top of his senior class. He is a scholar, a musician, and a community-minded volunteer. Christopher has achieved Exceptional Honors throughout high school and is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta. He is a cellist who has participated in NYSSMA All County and All State competitions since 7th grade; he is also the principal cellist both at Tappan Zee and at the Rockland Conservatory of Music. He is a Peer Leader and volunteer tutor for math and science. Some of his interests in addition to music are sailing, technology, and engineering.

These students are among only 16,000 Semifinalists across the country and were selected based on their excellent results on the PSAT administered last fall. These academically talented students will continue in the competition for among the 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth an estimated $35 million, which will be awarded in the spring.

 

Blauvelt Lions’ TZHS Leos Get an Early Start Helping Others

Members of the TZHS Leos could no longer wait for school to start to begin their community service. Leos gathered at TZHS at 7am on Sunday morning, Sept 8th, to join members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point on a Breakfast Run into Manhattan to bring food, clothing, toiletries and snacks to the homeless . The Leos helped to feed over 60 individuals who lined up on 11th Ave., and then assisted them in finding the correct clothing sizes and needed toiletries. The Leos, along with their drivers, Lion Laurie Wohl, parent Mrs. Patti Neier, and Leo Club advisor Tricia Castelli, were back at Tappan Zee High School by 10:15 am. “The group comes away from these runs feeling a great sense of accomplishment and pride at having helped so many people in need,” commented TZHS Leo Club Advisor Tricia Castelli. “They are all looking forward to the next run, a Midnight Run, on October 26th”.
 


TZHS Junior Yuna Shin Accepted into All-State String Orchestra

The Tappan Zee High School Music Department has just announced violinist Yuna Shin (junior) was accepted into this year’s New York All-State String Orchestra. Additionally, Timpanist Taylor Simpson (senior) and cellist Chris Lovrin (senior) were named as All-State ensemble alternates.

Auditions for All-State ensembles take place every year in the Spring and are extremely competitive. Of the many thousands of students that audition across the entire state of New York, only 350 reach the All-State Festival. All of the TZ students performed level VI NYSSMA works (the highest level of difficultly) and received a score of 100.

The students will travel to Rochester, New York in early December where they will rehearse up to eight hours a day for three days with some of America’s most renowned conductors. The final performances will take place at the Eastman Theater which is one of the major performing halls in the United States.

 

TZHS’s Leonardo Ko & Alice Tao Win 2013 RC Music Guild Concerto Division Competition

Two TZHS 10th grade students earned two of the three top prizes as winners of the 2013 Rockland County Music Guild Concerto Division Competition. Leonardo Ko (cello) and Alice Tao (violin) have been invited to perform with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra in their Young People’s performance at RCC on Sunday October 20th at 3pm. Leonardo Ko will be the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso Op. 62 for Cello and Orchestra. Alice Tao will be playing in the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto #1 in G minor.

 

TZ Athletes Pitch in for Veterans

On Saturday, September 7th, the Tappan Zee Boys Cross Country, and members of the Football teams assisted the Veterans group 'Homes for Heroes' with their annual tag sale to raise funds to provide affordable housing for returning Veterans in Orangeburg. By day’s end, the Homes for Heroes tag sale grossed $5,000 in sales, donations and gifts for the Veterans.