A master musician and a master wrestler. Science scholars and strolling strings. Students who study geography and teachers who write chapters in professional texts. These were just some of the people honored at the May 5 Mamaroneck School Board meeting in a presentation that highlighted the diversity of accomplishments throughout the district.
Musicians Stroll and Excel
The evening began with a serenade from the Chatsworth and Murray Strolling Strings, ensembles of fourth and fifth graders, who played two fiddle tunes while navigating the purses and backpacks on the floor between the rows of the packed Tiered Classroom.
Director of Music Dina Madden then presented a certificate to violinist Ying Tang for his participation in the National Association of Music Educators’ All-Eastern Honors Orchestra. She gave out dozens of other certificates to students honored for their selection into the elementary and intermediate All-County band, orchestra and chorus. (See complete list of All-County students below. )
Athlete Achieves With Character
Senior Femi Wheeler established single season school records with 37 victories and 109 takedowns, noted varsity wrestling coach Anthony Vitti. “In so doing he shattered the previous records – both his own.” Mr. Vitti spoke movingly, noting that he had coached “Femi in three school sports for what must be a record nine seasons” and served as his wrestling coach for the past six years.
Rather than focus on the wrestler’s athletic accomplishments, Mr. Vitti spoke at some length about Femi’s “incredible heart” and the extent to which he pushed himself as an athlete, a leader and a role model to others. Director of Athletics Bari Suman echoed these themes after the presentation. She recalled that Femi Wheeler did not win a single match his freshman year, but he never gave up.
Science and Social Studies Compete
Original Science Research (OSR) teacher Guido Garbarino, who teaches the three-year elective at the high school, recognized two groups of students. Under Mr. Garbarino’s leadership, Nifer Fasman, Sarah Henkind and Robbie Towle were named as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search for the papers they each submitted. (See: MHS Has Three Intel Semifinalists for 2009)
Nifer and her fellow students Jack Miller and Alex Mendez were also honored for qualifying to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) next week in Reno, Nevada. Each of these students was required to present his or her science project six times over the course of a day at the Westchester-Putnum competition before being selected. They will compete in the ISEF with some 1500 students from more than fifty countries. (See: 3 Three MHS Students To Compete at Intel Science Fair
AP Macroeconomics teacher Adam Sobel introduced the Fed Challenge Team: Paul Antonios, Lukas Ault, Peter Gelman, Dan Foster and Matt Habig. The students finished second last week in the New York Fed Challenge, where they made a 15-minute presentation on monetary policy, followed by 10 minutes of questioning from three senior Federal Reserve officials. (See: MHS Team Now in Finals of NY Federal Serve Econ Contest.)
Filling in for social studies teacher and club advisor Caren Lee, department chair Liz Clain introduced the four members of the WorldQuest team: Alec Genecin, Rory O’Connor, Giancarlo Riso and Ben Viagas. After two tie-breaker rounds, these students brought home silver medals from the regional competition. Questions asked during the competition covered a range of social studies and scientific topics including global current events, population issues in developing countries, biotechnology and genetics, globalization, and transnational crime.
Parents and Faculty Earn Honors, Too
Chatsworth Principal Gail Boyle recognized Planet Chat , the parent committee that recently received the Earth Day Award from Westchester County for their recycling efforts. The committee consisted of parents Caren Gerzberg, Liv Grey, Amy Hurley, Sally Maca, Millie Mcgraw, Holly Moscow, Jill Steinberg and Lori Stevenson. (See: Chatsworth Gets Two Green Awards)
Also honored was Andrew Hess, the district’s instructional coach for technology. Mr. Hess authored a chapter about technology in the classroom for a recent professional text entitled Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action. In his chapter, he highlighted the work of Liz Clain and Caren Lee, who used technology in connection with the presidential debate held at MHS in the fall. He also featured the fifth grade teachers at Chatsworth, who completed a unit on meteorology that included communication with a meteorologist.
Band – Elementary
Sophie Despins - clarinet (Hommocks)
Rebecca Julie – clarinet (Hommocks)
Karen Seid - flute (Hommocks)
Orchestra – Elementary
Sam Morton – violin (Chatsworth)
Jason Stein – violin (Murray)
Hayley Weisstuch – cello (Murray)
Natalie Basta – violin (Hommocks)
Ellie Seid – violin (Hommocks)
Amy Turtz – violin (Hommocks)
Zoe Berg – viola (Hommocks)
Olivia Chen – cello (Hommocks)
Paulina Paras – cello (Hommocks)
Band – Intermediate
David Cruikshank -trombone (HS)
Lauren Pfeffer – flute (Hommocks)
Darian Ahn – oboe (Hommocks)
Lyra Harada – violin (HS)
Abigail Rohman – violin (HS)
Eleonora Ruggeri – viola (HS)
Sarah Blunt – cello (HS)
Michael Genecin – violin (Hommocks)
Surin Ahn – cello (Hommocks)
Daniella Koller – cello (Hommocks)
Kellin Jansen – viola (Hommocks)
Choir Elementary – (from Hommocks)
Choir Intermediate – (from the Hommocks)