by Shelly Newman, North Schools Public Relations Director
July 1, 2014 -- Congratulations to all of the North Shore High School graduates and their families who attended the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. The ceremony was led by Principal Albert Cousins with speakers including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Valedictorian Adriana Rubertone, Salutatorian Michael Rovner, and North Shore Board of Education President Dr. Herman Berliner. To begin the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Class Presidents Carly Comitino and Angelina Corozzo followed by the National Anthem sung by Maclean Ayers accompanied by members of the North Shore High School band conducted by Mr. David Soto.
Adriana Rubertone was the graduating class' Valedictorian and Michael Rovner its Salutarorian.
Best of luck and success to the students in the North Shore High School Graduating Class of 2014 including Lauren Abbondondolo, Griffin Thomas Albrecht, Gabriela Alvarado Amaya, Paola Elizabeth Alvarado Amaya, Christopher James Anderson, Evette Alexis Argyropoulos, Matthew Arnemann, Maclean Daniel Ayres, Kristen M. Barcellos, Daniel Christofer Basile, Adam Christopher Bell, Alexa Bennett, Toni Benvenuto, Marina Haley Bernesby, Esther C. Bley, Annah-Lauren Bloom, Shannon Bodo, Katherine Elizabeth Boehm, Matthew Collins Boz, Kayla O'Brien Brady, Alexander Brebenel, Meaghan Elizabeth Brennan, Phillip C. Buchan, Andie Rose Bulbin, Tess Burke, Nicholas S. Caldari, Julianna Capobianco, Quentin T. Capobianco, Kenzie Ann Cavaluzzo, Anton James Cefalù, Anthony Chang, Ariel F. Chevez, Patrick Chin, Nicole Blake Ciotoli, John Raymond Cirella, Talie Cohen, Michelle Sonia Cohn, Nicholas A. Colozzi, Carly Rose Comitino, Emily Ann Cook, Emily Elizabeth Cooke, Angelina Rita Corozzo, Connor Peter Costello, Breanna Leigh Cruz, Neila Stefanie A. Ramos da Cruz, Nicole Ludmilla A. Ramos da Cruz, Victoria D'Ambrosio, Nicholas Daley, Stephanie M. Damiano, Victoria Anne Danis, Joseph Thomas DeCurtis, Michael DelGaudio, Morgan Charles DeMartini, Domenico Alphonse DeNovellis, Robert James DiDio, John P. Diede, Dana DiGiovanni, Farah Gaziz Dimsuyu, Abigail Marie DiVincenzo, Emily Olivia Doering, Matthew Stephen Douglas, Joseph Andrew Dromm, Edward Dunphy, Maria Vasilia Efstratiou, Alexandra Nicole Eigo, Jose Escalante, Mark Eschen, Warren McLaughlin Estler, Lea Farrell, Samuel Federman, Alexandra Fekula, Karina Maria Ferreira, Callan F. Fish, Daniel Aaron Fletcher, Raquel Susanne Fossett, Jake Frittola, George Edward Gaby, Namrata Gandhi, Gabriella Marie Gartner, Jordan Gavitt, Ian Genet, Nicole Gerrity, Gregory Giovanniello, Alexandra Lauren Goidel, Samarra Jane Goldstein, Lauren Joy Graziose, Nicholas Harry Grogan, Jordan Groom, Ashley Gungor, John Anthony Haley, Lily Harir, Megan Elizabeth Hart, Melissa Alexandra Hart, Patrick J. Heffernan, Schuyler J. Hendrickson, John Michael Hickey, Caroline Higgins, Minnie Hou, Christopher Inzerillo, Olivia Maria Jacome, Stephanie A. Jendrzejewski, Jamie Claire Keel, Timothy F. Kersten, Tara Kilderry, Shannon Lee Killough, Emily Kim, Kristie A. Kolilias, Kacper Kret, Aurora Krol, Logan Tyler Kupferman, Briana Faith Laderer, Travis M. Laderer, Jack Lavin, John S. Lennon, Diana Leonardi, Katherine Mary Lepanto, Alec Vincent Leto, Jamie Rose Levy, Heather Lewin, Dominique Lewine-Jacobson, Nathaly J. Lezama, Steven J. Liounis, Jessica Lipsey, Argyro (Ariel) C. Livanos, Danielle Lynn, Paul Valentino MacDonnell, Antonella Maffettone, Anthony John Magliocco, Suzanne Paige Magnuson, Samuel K. Mainzer, Desiree Maldonado, Douglas Edward Manogue, Bennett Ross Mansfield, Kira Elizabeth Martin, Jack Quam Martino, Rebecca Susan Mathew, Timothy R. Maxwell, Jr., Alexandria Alyssa McCorkell, Kelsey Rose McGrath, Keara Kathleen Anastasia McNamara, Tanya Mehdizadeh, Tyler Elias Melson, Scott R. Miller, Jr., Colin W. Miller, Jessica Lee Miller, Jordane Alexandra Mink, Luisa Montoya, Briege Eileen Murphy, Kathleen Nizich, Tristan Norris, Kathleen Louise O'Brien, Christopher Oballe, Kevin J. Ojeda, Kayla Olstein, Alexandra Marie Osman, Robert Hannibal Ottaviano III, Natalia Maria Pardo, Nicholas Sanhai Park, JuliAnna Patino, Matthew Pavlica, Carlos Peralta, Dámaso Pérez III, Ryan Patrick Perro, Noelle Pisacano, Kelsey Podaras, Gabrielle Lucille Poncet, Aaron Porturas, Kaitlyn Post, Kevin Patrick Michael Woods Quinn, Nicholas Quinto, Calvin R. Quiroz, Chanelle Rackwitz, Molly Catherine Reilly, Connor Remy, Nicole Brianna Rescigno, Samantha Riccardo, Jackson Rieger, Caroline Rose Robertson, Peter Santo Rooney, Michael Ethan Rovner, Adriana N. Rubertone, Claudia Michelle Ruiz, Katherine Mary Russo, Juliet Sabbatini, Michael Alexander Saboski, Danielle Sacco, Joseph Saulle, Jeremy Schiff, Emma Schwab, Joshua Barre Schwartz, Jenna Lynn Scotti, Juliette Selye, Christa Mary Sferrazza, Hunter Zachary Sharf, Dylan Matthew Smith, Kristen Therese Stanis, Caroline Anne Statile, Olivia Paige Statile, Kathryn Sullivan, Lawrence Sun, Michael Taddonio, Serena Vesna Thomaidis, Audra Louise Thorsen, Alessia Tocco, Olivia Rae Toscano, Erasmo Troia, Stephen Joseph Valensisi, Jack Valentine, Erika Nicole Van Patten, Felicia Vasiento, Sunaina Vohra, Julia Elizabeth Vollmer, Aleksandr P. Weiss, Timothy Michael Wenger, Sierra Rose Werz, Aleksei James Wilhelm, Ashley Wilson, Alexandra Dorothy Woods, Alex Samuel Yelon, and Michelle Suebin Yoon.
The following students have achieved “Top 10” status in academic rank for the Class of 2014: Nicholas S. Caldari, Nicole Blake Ciotoli, Olivia Maria Jacome, Alexandra Marie Osman, Matthew Pavlica, Molly Catherine Reilly, Michael Ethan Rovner, Adriana N. Rubertone, Dylan Matthew Smith, and Julia Elizabeth Vollmer.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the North Shore Alma Mater was led by Kevin Quinn and Jessica Miller. Many thanks go out to David Soto, Conductor, and the North High School Band who performed an amazing presentation of “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, the official national march of the United States. Bravo to Patrick Heffernan who assisted in conducting the band during the ceremony. All the best to the graduates in your future endeavors!
Article and photograph by Shelly Newman
THE 2014 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN
by Shelly Newman, North Schools Public Relations Director
Valedictorian, Adriana N. Rubertone
Adriana Rubertone took the podium at the 2014 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration. She began her speech by reminding her peers to “Remember the people at North Shore High School and the great teachers that have inspired you and made you who you are right now.” She continued by saying, “We were blank slates coming into this school in 9th grade. Now, thanks to the support of the school, we’ve developed identities as a foundation for who we can become in the future…” She concluded by saying, “No matter, what our future holds, there will be opportunities for you to make a difference and ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ Congratulations North Shore Class of 2014; let’s go forward with confidence and make our community proud.”
It is clear from reviewing Adriana Rubertone’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: National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, recipient of the Dr. Bomberick Award for Excellence in Science and Department Awards in Mathematics, Band, and World Languages. Adriana was President of the Interact Club, Co-President/ Board of Education Representative Student Government (SGO), a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. She also received the Girl Scout Gold Award. Additionally, Adriana was the Initiator/President of a Gender Equality Club and a researcher at a DNA Nanotechnology Lab at New York University.
While her academic accomplishments have been outstanding, Adriana also participated in a myriad of fulfilling activities including: Editor for the Mosaic Literature and
Arts Magazine, and was the principal oboe of the North Shore High School Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. Her stellar achievements have earned her acceptance into Princeton University, where she will be studying Chemical Engineering. Everyone at the North Shore Schools is
sincerely proud of her many accomplishments and wishes Adriana the very best of luck now and in the future!
Salutatorian, Michael Ethan Rovner
Over his past four years at North Shore High School, Michael Rovner has truly excelled. Among his long list of honors, Michael received the following: North Shore Kiwanis James T. Hebron Memorial Scholarship Award, Dr. Leslie Wanek-Sgaglione Memorial Scholarship, Nassau Educators Federated Credit Union Making A Difference High School Scholarship, The Long Island Blood Scholarship, and was a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. His achievements include member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society (Vice President), and National French & Science Honor Society.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Michael was Lieutenant Governor of the Key Club where he dedicated numerous hours helping others. He was also President of the Challenge Club and Vice President of the North Shore High School Peer Leaders.
During the 2014 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony, Michael said,
“Trying something new comes with a risk of failure, humiliation, or defeat. However, do not shy away from these challenges. It is often the riskiest gambles that pay off the most, and it is from our greatest mistakes that we learn the most….Someone once told me, you should learn to be comfortable, being uncomfortable. When you are able to do this, you know there is nothing you can’t accomplish…” He continued by saying, “I believe that now more than ever, the world is in need of people who strive to make the world a better place through their everyday actions.”
Michael will be attending Columbia University in September 2014 and looks forward to studying political science. Lots of luck to both Adriana Rubertone and Michael Rovner. 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 2014.
Article and photographs by Shelly Newman