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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.