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  • South Students Recognized for Academic Excellence

    Posted by Martin Cox at 4/27/2017

    "Stay focused and positively determined to learn and prosper from adversity."

                      -Deb Tarantino

                       Principal, Clarkstown High School South

     

    The leader of Clarkstown High School South provided words of encouragement for students at the conclusion of last night's Academic Excellence Awards Banquet.

    Principal Deb Tarantino closed out a night of celebration for the South school community by offering her students wisdom going forward.

    "My advice," said Ms. Tarantino, "is to do good things. Be kind. We strive to be successful, and sometimes we lose sight. There is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Continue to take risks. Through calculated risks, doors will open."

    Last night's dinner, held at the Pearl River Hilton, began with the Star Spangled Banner as sung by The Troubadours, Ciara Hoehmann, Jonathan Kay, Wynnum Sabile and Veronica Yabloko. The quartet of singers then performed Song of Purple Summer prior to the presentation of awards.

    Ms. Tarantino and Assistant Principals Tom Jeffrey, Kevin Horan and Julie Dahl-Jacobs then announced the names of 153 students who were recognized for their academic averages: 35 seniors, 42 juniors, 31 sophomores and 45 freshman.  Averages for sophomores, juniors and seniors were based on cumulative grades since their freshman year.

    Ms. Tarantino also announced the Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Katherine Byrnes, and Salutatorian, Jonathan Kay.

    Board of Education President Michael Aglialoro, Vice President Tammy Bierker, and Board Members David Gosman and Walter Litvak were in attendance.

    Congratulations to our students for their academic excellence, and best wishes during the remaining months of the school year for continued success!

     

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  • North Students Recognized at Academic Banquet

    Posted by Martin Cox at 4/26/2017

    "I have learned that it's not about being the best, but it's about being persistent.  This is a lesson I will take to college."

                                        -Hannah Beitler

                                         Clarkstown High School North Class of 2017

     

    The Clarkstown High School North Banquet ended with a powerful message from Hannah Beitler last night.

    Selected as the student to provide closing remarks to a wonderful evening of recognizing students' academic success, the North senior emphasized that effort matters.

    Her inspiring speech was consistent with the message of Angela Duckworth, the University of Pennsylvania Psychologist who is the author of the best-selling book titled Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Duckworth (2016) stated, "Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort. Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them. Effort builds skill."

    Hannah Beitler stated, "Clarkstown North has taught me that it's important to know your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Hard work is rewarded."

    I agree.

    And so did Principal Dr. Harry Leonardatos, who following Hannah Beitler's remarks, supported her by stating, "Be resilient and know your strengths. It's about knowing what your good at."

    Last night, Dr. Leonardatos, two of his Assistant Principals, Amy Pages and Mary Patella, along with five teachers, recognized 200 students for being very good at academics.  The Academic Banquet honored the top 50 students in all four classes.

    The evening began with The Pledge of Allegiance by Max Portnoy (2019) and a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem sung by Joseph Vayalumkal (2018) with Samantha Bruno (2017) signing while the Anthem was performed.

    Dr. Leonardatos also introduced the North Valedictorian, Jill Teitelbaum, and Salutatorian, Mia Belovsky, for the Class of 2017.

    In addition to several parents in attendance for the event held at the Pearl River Hilton, five members of the Clarkstown Central School District Board of Education were present: President Michael Aglialoro, Vice President Tammy Bierker, and Board Members Zizette Deutsch, David Gosman,  and Walter Litvak.

     

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