Article by Shelly Newman
Photo by Adrienne Daley
Congratulations to all of the North Shore High School graduates and their families who attended the 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 26, 2015. The ceremony was led by Principal Albert Cousins with speakers including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Valedictorian Allison Black, Salutatorian Aidan Lewis, and North Shore Board of Education President Dr. Herman Berliner. To begin the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Class Presidents Rachel Golden and Christopher Palmieri followed by the National Anthem sung by Michela McDonagh and October Donoghue, accompanied by members of the North Shore High School band conducted by Mr. David Soto.
Valedictorian: Allison Black
Salutatorian: Aidan Lewis
Best of luck and success to the students in the North Shore High School Graduating Class of 2015 including Jacqueline Acuna, Shannon Alvarez, Brian Angulo, Annalise Apt, Jamie Aranoff, Paloma Arias, Jillian Arnowitz, Simran Arya, Stavros Asprou, Thomas Aufiero, Jack Aughavin, Ariel Avgi, Khadija Aziz, Nicholas Babich, Samantha Bader, Robert Baierwalter, Tiffany Baltrus, Gabriella Barretta, Madison Barwick, Joshua Baum, Kirsten Bednarz, Amanda Belanger, William Bianco, Jonah Biblowitz, Hannah Bierwiler, Alexandra Biolsi, Fallon Blacharski, Allison Black, Holly Bodson, Brett Boisits, Morris Boratin, Bianca Borges, Nicole Borges, Raquel Borges,Victoria Borges, Tayler Bradford, Lindsey Breen, Michael Burke, Marisa Cabrera, Paulina Calcaterra, Lauren Ann Calderoni, Michael Caldwell, Emily Cameron,Domenick Cangemi, Alexandra Cantwell, Samantha Capobianco, Andrew Carnevale, Patrick Carroll, Emily Cartagine, Mariana Castillo, Joseph Cavanaugh, Christopher Chen, Temilee Chester, Lisa Christensen, Kenzie Cohen, Elizabeth Contessa, Christian Cooke, Marttin Cordero, Irene Coritsidis, Cole Costello, Kevin Costello, Lauren Cristodero, Kelsey Crocco, Julia Damiano, Ambar David, Angelica Davis, Peter Dayre, Stephanie DeCurtis, Angelica DeDona, Gilda DeDona, Genevieve Delfin, Julia DeVivo, Hadassah Diaz, Michael DiLeo, Henry Doering, Katherine Doering, Kelly Dolan, October Donoghue, Jenna Donohue, Theodosios Drivas, Katherine Dubicki, Raju Eastland, Lea Eisenstein, Cristopher Espinoza, Anthony Falcone, Ryann Feldman, Michael Floccari, Grace Foley, Keith Ford, Michael Frahlich, William Frahlich, Marissa Frank, Ryland Frost, Jake Gabrus, Karishma Galani, Cristian Garcia Gonzalez, Michael Gaudiosi, Katerina Gaun, Sabrina Giacomaggio, Vincent Giacomo, Matthew Gleckler, Caroline Glennon, Brandon Gluckstal, Jack Goettelmann, Rachel Golden, Samuel Goldman, Matthew Goodman, Alexia Goussis, Vanessa Gungor, Courtney Hackman, Emma Haley, Sarah Halioua, Nicholas Hartman, Nicole Hasbrouck, Andrew Helling, Julianna Holzmann, Adam Hong, Christopher Hurley, Lydia Ivanovic, Marilyn Jaco,
Carlee Janelli, Christopher Janusas, Stephen Johansen, Monique Johnson, Martine Kahn, Liam Kearney, Jocelyn Kleiger, Carlianna Koch, Andrew Kramer, Kevin Kuna, Lauren LaChant, Nicole Lamanna, Sheena Lamba, Christopher Lanotte, Nicholas Lanotte, Brandon Lauder, Ian Lavender, Kathleen Lavin, Jasmine Lee, William Lehane III, Pamela Leone, Pamela Leone, Andrea Levas, Aidan Lewis, Thomas Lipner, Jeremy Lipton, Anthony Lisena, Samantha LiVigni, Olivia Loeb-Mevorach, Jenna Loughran, Spencer Luth, Kevin Lynch, Connor Lynn, Paige Mahler, Jack Mangini, Eric Mastrota, Sinead McAuliffe, Kevin McCann, Keegan McCoy, Michela McDonagh, Christopher McGinley, Kayla McManus, Nicole Meli, Kyle Mercadante, Sebastian Milo, Matthew Moore, Michael Moritz, Conor Doyle, Veronica Mrowca, Stacie Nadel, Dean Nanis, Courtney Nichols, Michael Jack O’Brien, Claire O’Connor, Olivia Occhi,
Marissa Omaggio, Christopher Palmieri, Carolina Pardo, Lucas Parise, Brooke Parrett, Maria Parrino, Justin Pedolsky, Ryan Pierantozzi, Rebecca Pino, Victoria Ponzo, Antonio Prudente, Erica Prush, Matthew Ragusa, Matthew Reali, Giorgio Recine, Jaime Rice, Daniel Richardson, Ricardo Rondon, William Rosencrans, Francesca Royal, Ava Sackett, Nicolas Salerno, Nicole Saulle, Samantha Scheer, Rachel Schweiger, Brian Sebetic, Dylan Shane, Kallen Shaw, Kyle Sheridan, Nicholas Silipo, Julia Sinski, Brandon Sirlin, Andrew Smith, Sabrina Sobhy, Katherine Spina, Dominique Sylvester, Marco Taddonio, Ryan Tine, Valeria Tiourina, Ryan Tornatore, Calogero Troia, Lindsay Urban, Meg Valentine, Tristan Vitale, Margarita Volchkova, Alanis Vulpis, Rachel Wahler, Sabrina Wassef, Caroline Wenger, Alexandra Wiesmann, Kaitlin Williams, Thomas Yacovone, Mackenzie Yates, and Nicole Zbikowski
The following students have achieved “Top 10” status in academic rank for the Class of 2015: Simran Arya, Aidan Lewis, Ariel Avgi, Samantha LiVigni, Allison Black, Erica Prush, Paulina Calcaterra, Ryan Tine, October Donoghue and Tristan Vitale.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the North Shore Alma Mater was led by Jeremy Lipton and Samantha LiVigni. Many thanks go out to David Soto, Conductor, and the North High School Band. As the weather remained beautiful throughout the ceremony, Principal Cousins concluded by saying to his students, “The forecast looks wonderful for you!” He reminded them to keep questioning, be curious, and remain active in all their endeavors. All the best to graduating Class of 2015!
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Valedictorian, Allison Black
Allison Black took the podium at the 2015 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration. She began her speech by stating, “I invite you to think about why you are here today at graduation. It is not simply to get your diploma or because your family wants to see you graduate.” She continued, “…I recently read the book, Making the Most of College by Richard Light. Light emphasizes the importance of asking yourself why? He explains that this question helps us set goals and gives focus to our lives to help us really make the most of it…” She concluded by saying, “It is not enough to simply know what you are doing; you have to know why you are doing it, for it to have real value. Let me say congratulations to the Class of 2015 and may we all continue to discover why we are here.”
It is clear from reviewing Allison's extensive list of awards and honors that she has approached every challenge of her high school career with hard work, passion and dedication. This is reflected in her numerous accomplishments including: the recipient of the Dr. Bomberick Award for Excellence in Science, The First National Bank of Long Island Anthony D. Famighetti Award, NY State Board of Regents Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Long Island Blood Services Scholarship, Harvard Book Award, Bausch and Lomb Science Award, AAPT Award for Achievement in Physics, and World Languages Department Award for Spanish - just to name a few! She also received four gold medals at the Long Island Math Fair, participated in the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
While her academic accomplishments have been outstanding, Allison also participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities. She was a Scholar Athlete on the Varsity Swim team (grades 9-11) and received a NY District Distinguished Key Club member Treasurer Award.
Her stellar achievements have earned her acceptance into Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall as a part of their Scholars Program. Everyone at the North Shore Schools is very proud of her many accomplishments and wishes Allison the very best of luck now and in the future!
Salutatorian, Aidan Lewis
Over his past four years at North Shore High School, Aidan has truly excelled. Among his long list of honors, he received the following: States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Dartmouth Book Award, George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science Medal, was a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, and participated in the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF), AdelphiApprentice Challenge (Business) and Nassau County Interscholastic Mathematics League (NCIML) Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury. He is also an AP Scholar with Honor and was a member of the National Honor Society.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Aidan was named MVP of the Men's Varsity Tennis Team at a recent Varsity Athletic Awards dinner. He also served as the co-captain of the team.
During the 2015 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony, Aidan said that he learned a lot from others, but in particular he learned something important from his older sister who pursued her love of writing instead of a path in medicine after entering John Hopkins University. He eloquently stated, “Life is too short to spend it doing something you don’t truly love. When we work at something we dislike, we do the bare minimum. For this reason, nothing substantial will ever be achieved by those who are not passionate about what they do…” He concluded by saying, “Happiness and fulfillment will come from pursuing whatever cause or job your heart directs you toward as long as the work needs you, is a fit for your skill set, and allows you to make a living for yourself and your family.” Congratulations to Aidan Lewis in all of your future endeavors!
Lots of luck to both Allison Black and Aidan Lewis. We at the North Shore Schools are all so very proud of both students and congratulate them for their dedication, passion, courage, and talent. This is only the beginning and we celebrate you and the entire North Shore High School Class of 2015.