When asked why he thought Dr. Vitow selected him as the June Student of the Month, North Shore Junior, Ethan Rutta smiled and thoughtfully said “my passion.” He has tremendous enthusiasm for all of the activities in which he engages, and with North Shore offering so much opportunity for exploration of interests, Ethan is very happy to keep his diverse options open! His interests run the gamut including academic pursuits, athletic team participation, community involvement and religious leadership. He says that when he commits to something he really goes for it! That’s for sure.
Since ninth grade, Ethan has enjoyed being a member of Model UN (YUNMUN). A highlight was in tenth grade when he was selected to be a delegate representing Saudi Arabia taking the pro position regarding the right of women to become more involved outside the home and into the Science, English and Technology sectors. He took on the challenge of sticking to the Saudi position culturally but still was able to successfully argue his position with creative solutions and getting his resolution passed.
In addition, Ethan has also been a member of Penn Model Congress and Debate Team where he has learned to do thorough research, be well-prepared and think on his feet, with his favorite part of debating being the concluding speech for the pressure of the deadline. There’s also JV College Bowl where his team made it into the playoffs against other schools with questions on any subject from the Super Bowl to 19th century opera.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ethan has been actively involved in science research winning the National Emperor Science Competition award program sponsored by PBS and Stand Up to Cancer. It is based upon students' essays detailing the need to find a cure for cancer. He was selected as one of 6 students in New York State (out of a total of 100 students from across the United States!) and the only student from a Yeshiva to be awarded the Emperor Science Award. As an award recipient, Ethan will work with an esteemed university scientist on a multi-week cancer research project, receive a Google Chromebook computer to enhance his studies, plus a $1500 stipend for expenses!
Ethan is a big participator in many other North Shore co-curricular activities including Science Society, Environmental Science Club, Anti-Bias Task Force and Investing Club. He also has been a member of the Computer Science Club where he and his teammate Ben Basaleli competed in the Mobile CSP Expo with their app invention called “Wake Up to Math” winning both 1st Place and the award for Most Real Life Applicable. Their app alarm clock requires the answers to five questions before it can be turned off so you’ll be sure to be fully awake and on time.
Religion and Judaic spirit are very important to Ethan. He is a youth leader at the Great Neck Synagogue and assists in running children’s groups and weekly prayers. Last summer, he spent five weeks in Israel on a teen tour with 120 other kids. They were based in Jerusalem at Camp Morasha and traveled all over the country. The highlights for him were sleeping outside without tents while in the north and army night with IDF commanders giving drills such as running while carrying a sack of potatoes at 2:30 AM. However, the best of all was visiting Tzfat for the artsy vibe, the spirituality and the amazing passion there. He felt the deep pride and happiness for Israel from the people there and forged lifelong friendships.
This summer for Ethan will be a completely different experience. He will spend the first half working at Cold Spring Harbor Labs with a PhD scientist on researching a particular sector of pancreatic cancer. After completing his work at the lab, he will spend the second half of the summer commuting to NYC to intern with Senator Chuck Schumer.
On a lighter note, Ethan plays shortstop and second base on the North Shore Varsity Baseball team and volunteers as an umpire in a community baseball league for kids from third to eighth grade. In his spare time, he also plays basketball and football just for fun. Other favorites are medium rare steak with mashed and brownies for dessert, but mostly it’s his two amazing sisters with whom he is super close and considers them great friends,
Ethan was right when he said he was selected for his passion. He thrives in a competitive environment, loves public speaking, research of all kinds, problem solving and getting others on board for support. Only someone who devotes such energy and creativity across such a broad array of activities could succeed and enjoy them all. He truly searches for the nuggets of awesome in everything. In his words, “North Shore = Awesome”.
Congratulations & Great Work Ethan!!
On Junior Eden Schneck’s resume, there is a section titled “Summer Enrichment.” Perhaps there should be a section called “How Eden Enriches the World.” A natural leader from a very young age, she has already accrued a long list of achievements and thoughtful Chesed activities.
As the only girl with three older brothers (all NSHAHS alums), Eden has developed a strong and wise personality under their tutelage. At age 14, when her brothers left for college, she became President of the literacy organization they started. She was only four when they collectively started Reading Reflections in honor of their grandmother Edith (for whom Eden is named) who started a classroom library in the rural Texas school where she was a teacher in the 1950’s. Their organization promotes literacy by providing books to those in need; sometimes gifting a child their first book ever. They make collections and donations in the metro area, as well as in other countries such as Africa. When she chose to continue their work and became president, she found herself answering hundreds of emails, coordinating a multitude of volunteers and book deliveries, and speaking to students about volunteerism. Her goal is to communicate to donors that their books will be cherished by their new owners and to spark a love of reading in the next generation and those to come.
Through Reading Reflections, Eden’s leadership role has given her incredible growth experiences and ongoing strength as a leader by being instrumental in creating libraries across the globe and connecting with other like-minded leaders which brought another unexpected opportunity. She was invited to support an initiative to bring hygiene education to girls in remote parts of Nigeria served by Reading Reflections and therefore expanded their global mission of reading and keeping them in school. As a result of her amazing efforts, Eden received two Presidential Volunteer Services Awards!
Upon learning about the devastating effects poor hygiene has in these areas, especially for girls, she supports WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) libraries and education which became the catalyst for her award-winning science research project “CuClean: Antimicrobial Copper Hygiene Solution” along with her partners Ethan Abizadeh and Ella Shakin. CuClean is a copper lunchbox they created based upon research that copper is naturally antibacterial and would reduce transfer of disease through food. For this project, they are Bronze Award winners of the 2018 International ISOPO (International Scientific Online Project Olympiad) and received Honorable Mention in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition.
Eden also competed in the Al Kalfus Math Fair competition winning 2017 Gold Medal for her research project “The Application of Biostatistics to Determine How Prevalence of Disease Affects the Predictive Value of Laboratory Tests in the Emerging Zika Epidemic” explaining how a positive test result has only an eight percent chance of true positive for actual disease presence versus testing negative is a definite negative. This project was creatively inspired by a family member planning a destination wedding during a peak Zika period. In true Eden style, she was relentless in her pursuit of information contacting the CDC, many commercial labs, and finally making a connection at the FDA to achieve her informational goals!
She also won Al Kalfus 2016 Gold as a freshman with her research project “Use of Eratosthenes Method of Calculating the Sun’s Incidence Angle to Harness Solar Energy” describing how the incidence angle of the sun affects the climate and seasons of Long Island. In addition, Eden received both the Silver Key for Humor and Honorable Mention for Sci/Fi Fantasy in the Scholastic Writing competition.
This coming summer Eden received the exciting honor of being one of 160 students accepted out of over 1000 to participate in the Leadership in the Business World program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. Last summer, she was invited to intern in the laboratory of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Center for Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
Eden’s list of co-curricular activities is also impressive. She is a leading member of the Headmaster’s Council, Class Representative 4K4Kids Run event, Model UN, Science Research Club, Math Research Club, DECA Business Club, Track Club and starting varsity player on the NSHAHS Tennis Team.
In her spare time, Eden loves snowboarding with her brothers anywhere from Vermont to Colorado and is a huge NY Jets fan. As a serious Jets fan (and North Shore student), she loves the color green. From a color psychology perspective, it is a great balancer and harmonizer, an emotionally positive color representing one who loves to contribute to society and encompasses clarity, optimism, insight, prosperity, generosity and inspiration. Yep – sounds just like Eden!
Congratulations & Great Work Eden!!
In law, a commonly used phrase is “may the record reflect...” Well – North Shore sophomore Daniel Kroll’s record reflects plenty of great stuff thus far.
Daniel apparently is already on the path of himself becoming an attorney, engaging in public speaking and politics.
At first, Daniel appears to be like any other student. However, upon closer inspection, it is clear the facts present a truly extraordinary, very interesting and well-spoken young man. Here is the supporting evidence:
Exhibit 1: Daniel attended Model Congress 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania and won a Gavel for Best Delegate in Committee. Daniel was also selected by Model Congress Advisor Mr. Miles to participate in a special Supreme Court Program where he litigated two Supreme Court cases (first - representing Al Gore in the 2000 election of Bush vs. Gore and second - representing and protecting the First Amendment rights of a bake shop owner) and won a second Gavel for Outstanding Team in Courtroom along with fellow teammate Andrew Gottlieb. Mr. Miles chose the right student, because winning two Gavels, is a very rare thing. During Model Congress 2017 at Penn and Yale, Daniel won Outstanding Delegate and Honorable Mention respectively.
Exhibit 2: The summer after ninth grade, Daniel participated in a week-long mock trial program at the Federal Court in Islip focusing on Civic Education. The highlight was meeting Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayer of the Supreme Court of the United States. This coming summer, Daniel will be doing a month-long internship with a criminal court judge in the Nassau County Court. Usually only open to law students, he will get to witness trials, formulate questions, read and summarize probationary reports, and tail the judge for first-hand experience to see what day-to-day court is like.
Exhibit 3: Daniel recently entered an essay competition sponsored by the Polish Jewish Dialog Committee where he wrote about Polish Jewish relations during the holocaust. He has been invited to and will attend a dinner at the spectacular beaux-arts architectural building of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City.
Exhibit 4: Chesid is paramount to Daniel’s personal sense of purpose. In the spirit of giving back to the community, he does food packing and clothing drives for Vets. After Pesach, he will be volunteering at a local soup kitchen, because he wants a more direct connection to helping people in the moment. He also is very involved in local political meetings that he attends with his dad. He had the amazing experience of collecting district ballots from polling locations in the last presidential election!
Final thoughts and comments: Daniel’s favorite subjects are AP European History with Mr. Miles because he has so much passion for the subject matter, and English with Mr. Muir because he gives the vision and historical context of the books they read in class. He is actively involved in many other North Shore co-curricular activities that support his legal interests such as Mock Trial, College Bowl, Anti-Bias Club, Debate Team, and is the political contributor for North Shore Notes. Outside of school, Daniel enjoys sailing, playing football with friends, and eating his favorite foods – steak and fries. In addition, he feels a great sense of accomplishment playing video games on the gaming computer he built himself with the help of his uncle.
Beyond any doubt, we are sure Daniel is well on his way to an exciting and successful career in the public eye.
Good Luck and Congratulations Daniel!
The defense rests.
Junior, Danielle Ryba says that she enjoys reading the Student of the Month stories on the North Shore website, because they make each student seem “fabulous”. Her favorite part is when she learns something new and special about someone she sees every day. A few synonyms for the word “fabulous” describe Danielle to a T. Here we go…awesome, amazing, first-rate, phenomenal, remarkable, and sensational. Add to that, great student, mature, thoughtful, creative, and a natural leader. Welcome to the world of Danielle Ryba!
Danielle hails from Brooklyn where she lives with her parents and two sisters and aspires to be an architect. She chose to attend North Shore and endure the long daily commute, because she prefers its creative freedom and academic diversity. As a child, she built doll houses with Lego, and now with a sophisticated eye for texture, pattern and color she can discuss her preference for whimsical contemporary structures that focus on texture and no wasted space like a real pro. That is a true example of the evolution of materials and design comprehension she has already learned at NSHAHS. Danielle takes full advantage of any opportunity to enhance and express her creative skills as shown in her participation in Architecture class and the Ceramics and Drawing and Painting Clubs.
The summer after tenth grade, Danielle traveled to NYC every day to work in an architectural firm specializing in commercial development. She started by simply reading magazines, and then kept asking for more and varied work and responsibility. Her wish was granted and was given several Excel projects. Towards the end of the summer, based upon her stellar work, she achieved her goal of utilizing CAD (computer aided design) helping the staff wth professional design projects.
This natural leadership ability is also evident at school where she took over recruitment of ninth graders for the co-curricular Girls Who Code group. Every Wednesday during lunch, Danielle can be found fulfilling her desire to give back by teaching the younger gals about basic web design and coding. She writes weekly Google slide modules, reviewed by the Girls Who Code Faculty Advisor Mrs. Wilensky. She also researches and sends additional online suggestion links to her “class” for more independent learning opportunities.
Danielle is working with Dr. Runco and Mr. Weinberg on a Science Research project (using a vaporizer to inhale Advil for faster nasal delivery) to be presented at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair next year. In addition, she explores her other diverse interests by participating in the Investment Club and Novel and Nosh where she satisfies her love of books particularly sci-fi and mysteries.
In the spirit of Chesed, for the past three years Danielle volunteers outside of school at SBH (Sephardic Bikur Holim) – a food panty and community service organization, near her home in Brooklyn, staffed by high school students. Her other passions include swimming (with a desire to be a lifeguard), playing tennis, puzzles, baking, and anything chocolate.
With regard to her future, she is looking forward to spending part of the summer at the beach in Deal, New Jersey hoping to spend the rest in a 3-D modeling course in NYC or back working at last summer’s architectural firm where she was invited to return.
Just think, Danielle is only a junior here at North Shore! Where will she be in five or ten years? Well – you just may be living or working in one of her architectural creations.
Great work Danielle!
Many children dream of becoming a firefighter when they grow up, but few actualize this dream. James Modlin made this dream happen at age seventeen! Now a senior at North Shore, James is not only a dedicated student but is also a senior volunteer firefighter in his town of Great Neck. He and twin brother embarked on this journey in ninth grade. Once old enough they attended Fire School in Old Bethpage with training simulations of different types of fire events, Probie and company drills, Bail-out class training with full equipment and learned how to repel out of windows carrying a person, and lifesaving techniques. They were hooked. (Pun intended.)
James attributes his decision to act on his desire to be a volunteer to Mrs. Gold, who told his class about community service. He saw an ad for training and went for it. His parents are supportive of his choice and very proud of him. When asked, James said that he did not know where this drive to be a firefighter came from, as no one in his immediate family had ever done anything like it. Surprisingly, once he was in the firehouse, he learned that he had distant cousins that had been in the same firehouse!
The first fire he ever experienced was a brush fire in a neighborhood Shul. When he received the call, he ran there on foot and helped extinguish the fire. He said he was amazed that he could do something he’d never done before that had such an impact. The most recent fire he was called to was a very large one involving the home of four families totaling seventeen people that was caused by a hotplate with too many wires and extension cords that exploded. James and his brother got the call around 9:00PM and left home immediately only to find the road to the firehouse blocked. They took off on foot, and when they finally arrived at the location of the fire, they went into action taking hoses off the truck, handing out LED lights, and along with approximately forty active members in his company, put out the fire. James then went inside the home, watered down all the rooms searching for hotspots and using a 12 foot pole with a hook took down the roof for ventilation and hosed down the attic. That is some kind of fearless. The guys finally got home after midnight and went to school the next day.
Speaking of school…James is passionate about business and is very interested in how the business world unfolds. Actively involved in Mr. Garfinkel’s business classes, he especially enjoys all aspects of marketing and advertising to express ideas. As someone with a very quick wit, he likes to use humor in the delivery of information. In his Virtual Enterprise class, James is in the marketing department putting together the flyer explaining their virtual product, setting pricing and promotion using creative thought and various social media. His plan is to take his business studies further when he graduates and goes off to college.
James is also involved in a number of co-curricular activities such as playing on the Varsity Hockey and Baseball teams. As someone who likes to help others, he works on the annual North Shore Blood Drive and participated in the 4K For Kids charity program. Outside of school, he is a group leader at Synagogue and helps with childcare during services. He also actively plays lacrosse and soccer and has been a lifeguard for the past two years at the Great Neck pools.
It’s clear that James is an out-of-the-box thinker and doer and follows his instincts to achieve his goals. His selfless acts of bravery are something to be respected and his modesty about it admired as he moves ahead to the future.
Congratulations & Good Luck James! Great job!
Did you know that Leeal Kahen is the only student in the history of North Shore to achieve a 100% on the Jerusalem/Bechina Yerushalmit Exam? Leeal accomplished this in large part because of her passion to analyze Hebrew literature and Tanach. She loves that she gets a true picture and feels the historical experiences through the writers’ eyes. This is just one of the many reasons Leeal has been selected as the December Student of the Month. There are so many more!
Leeal has such a sweet and easy demeanor, but don’t let that fool you. She is a fierce competitor with confidence, determination and drive to bring good into the world. It is important to her to feel that she is helping others to have positive experiences. Self-expression through public speaking, writing or simply through conversation interacting with people of different thoughts and opinions is paramount to her. At North Shore, along with her demanding academic classes, Leeal participates on Debate Team, Mock Trial, and in both Penn and Yale Model Congress. One of the Model Congress highlights for her was serving on the Intelligence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committees where she created virtual bills for Constitutional boundary awareness in hacking and for schools in the Middle East supported by the United Nations and the United States for true academic education rather than terrorism, respectively. She enjoys finding a topic and researching all sides, developing questions and then making a truly informed decision.
In the realm of public service, Leeal spent last summer as an intern for Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Gary Knobel and had the distinction of being the youngest intern in the program amidst college students. The focus of the program was specialization in elder and special needs law. There was an interactive lecture each week where she was able to utilize the skills she learned from both the North Shore Debate and Mock Trial teams. In fact, one week she volunteered and was selected to make an opening statement to the group allowing her to use her love of public speaking. What an honor! She says that this experience opened her eyes to the real world giving her a take away of real life in action and a feeling of deep appreciation.
Leeal also enhanced her interest in social issues by using some creative thinking and getting involved in science research. However, rather than biological science in nature, she teamed up with Caylie Tuerack and engaged in social science inspired research. The topic? What incentivizes students to cheat. They presented their paper at the Long Island Science Congress (LISC) in ninth and tenth grade taking first place and moving on to States level where they received Honorable Mention.
Speaking of social issues…Leeal holds bringing a smile to someone in need as a high personal priority. One of her favorite ways to do this is her volunteer community work for a local chapter of Bike NY; an organization that developed a technique of teaching autistic individuals ranging in age from 8 to 20 how to ride a bicycle. Leeal attended training to learn this very specialized technique of teaching in specific steps, adapting each bike, and speaking gently and has spent many hours in Queens Corona Park reveling in the success of her students and the joy on the riders’ and their families’ faces.
She also participates in Friendship Circle as a mentor to children with special needs, helping them gain confidence to make the most of their abilities and talents, and integrating them into the community. The trips they take also gives parents and siblings a much-needed respite and support. In addition, Leeal spends time as a volunteer at Parker Geriatric and delights in hearing their many stories.
Some fun facts about Leeal tell us that she loves eating sushi, chocolate and pizza. I mean – really – who doesn’t? Yum. She enjoys jogging, long walks, playing Persian and Broadway music on the piano, playing tennis, and is an avid Pinterest pinner. Leeal is very organized and goal-oriented and keeps a planner and enjoys the act of actually writing down her lists and plans and checking them off as each is completed. She derives great satisfaction and sense of accomplishment upon achieving every goal no matter how small.
As Leeal looks back on and completes her four years of high school, she says that she really appreciates her time spent and all the variety offered at North Shore. For her future, some of her goals include studying abroad in a place where she can use her Hebrew, Farci and Spanish and exploring new and creative ways to help others. Even though she considers herself to be a traditional gal, she looks forward to following a bit of an out-of-the-box non-traditional path. We can’t wait to see where that yellow brick road takes her.
Congratulations & Good Luck Leeal on a job well done!
Dylan Makani is the November Student of the Month. He is only a sophomore and already making his mark both at North Shore and in the public eye. Back in ninth grade, Dylan took Science Research with Mr. Suchmann. As part of the class, they entered their project on bullying into the Long Island Youth Summit, presented at St. John’s University in front of three hundred people and became finalists. Dylan was hooked. His newest achievement just a few weeks ago was being named as a semifinalist in the 2017 Siemen’s Competition for Math, Science and Technology. His winning topic is titled "Mitigation of TiO2 stress and characterization of a putative Brassinosteroid Insensitive-1 gene in Lemna minor."
Thanks to Dr. Lisa Runco connecting with a scientist/Chem teacher at Hewlett High School to find a great research project, Dylan spent four weeks during the summer after ninth grade at Nassau Community College’s newly open iResearch Institute. His team included two gals from Half Hollow Hills High School and St. Anthony’s High School. He said this was also an interesting part of the experience as each of them came from different social and academic cultures.
For anyone not sure, Lemna minor is an aquatic bioindicator species commonly known as Duckweed. TiO2 is a substance prevalent in paint, household products and sunscreen that can get into the water system and cause stress to the Duckweed and other plants that can affect growth. During the four weeks, Dylan and his team did a controlled experiment incubating this plant species, researched past journals, and conducted physiological and molecular research that was then sent to a lab for genetic sequencing. He said that this was a highlight, because this was the first time Lemna minor has ever sequenced. They made history!
Dylan says that in addition to the actual research, he enjoyed learning how to do a proper research paper while honing his slide and oral presentation skills. Though a semifinalist at Siemen’s, he doesn’t want to rest on his laurels and will be presenting this project at LYSEF in the spring. In addition, he is already planning where he will be doing an internship next summer and is hoping for something in the realm of cancer research.
To make sure of a well-rounded North Shore experience, Dylan takes full advantage of many other types of co-curricular activities outside of the realm of science. He is a member of Model Congress, Vice President of Finance in the Investment Club, also a VP in Engineering Club and a member of DECA business club. Nope that’s not all folks! He is on Mr. Nagel’s Math Team, part of Medical Explorers, MIT Launch program with Scott Soifer and a writer for North Shore Notes where he aspires to become an editor. Nope, that’s still not all. Dylan is on the JV Basketball team, JV Soccer team and Varsity Volleyball team. Wow!
On a personal note…Dylan is the eldest of four kids, strives to be a well-rounded person who is both creative and artistic liking to keep that right – left brain balance, enjoys making healthy food choices, watches TV news to be politically informed, has been playing the piano for the past eight years, and likes to write. He also likes to read all types of Sci Fi books. Although leaning toward the medical field, he thinks he may like to combine his passion for medicine with engineering and creativity for study in the field of bioengineering.
Excellent work Dylan! Congratulations, and we can’t wait to see how you move forward in your next few years here at North Shore!
Aryeh Hajibay is a senior this year. What a great ride! As the writer for the “Get to Know” column in North Shore Notes, he was the interviewer being interviewed and approached it with the same level of commitment and enthusiasm he brought to his career at North Shore.
He is someone who looks way beyond the obvious; beyond the “what you see is what you get” to eke out the amazing. His smile is both magnetic and contagious reflecting his point of view of positivity; making the most of moments. In that regard, Aryeh availed himself of all that North Shore offers to fuel his passion for arguing on behalf of certain issues. He is captain of the Debate Team and a member of Model United Nations and both Yale and Penn Model Congress.
Aryeh’s interest in government and politics began when he was just eight years old and has continued and only increased with time. Aside from the academic aspects of his success, he attributes having good goal-oriented focus from his mom and a great sense of humor from his dad. He feels this will serve him well should he take the path into politics and certainly on any other path he may choose.
This past summer, with the help of Mrs. Robbins, Aryeh worked as an intern for Senator Chuck Schumer. He spent part of his time in the Immigration Section of Constituent Services where he was a liaison between government services and constituents in need of help with issues such as green card status. However, the part he most enjoyed was doing research and writing in the Press Department with the Press Secretary and Deputy Press Secretary to help the senator get the best press coverage based upon research into current issues. There were two projects he had to complete during the internship – presentation of a Policy Proposal and a weekly Press Project searching for non-partisan issues for the senator to address. Aryeh also marched in the Labor Day Parade and took a selfie with the senator.
The fall of his junior year, Aryeh worked in the congressional campaign for Tom Suozzi in his pursuit of being elected U.S. Representative for New York's 3rd district. He was part of a group of interns that went door to door discussing the election and encouraging constituents to vote. Aryeh really enjoys how “kids can actually influence politics.”
In addition to his more serious academic pursuits, Aryeh is the captain of the College Bowl team. He appreciates the team effort required to compete against other schools. It is a fun way to enhance self-knowledge with any trivia topic being game for points. Last year, one of his favorite events was participation in Book Trials with Dr. Maxwell where he made the All-Star round. The two teams created their own mock law firms and put the SAT’s on trial. Aryeh’s team was the Starlight Law Firm and won the case for standardized testing although this is against his personal point of view. That really takes a special kind of zealousness!
Aryeh also took action in the realm of community service becoming a Certified Peer Leader. He was invited by Mrs. Gold to attend peer leadership training. As a Peer Leader, he taught freshmen and spoke at Mrs. Rosenberg’s Anti-Bias Club and says this changed him to become more empathetic to kids feeling invisible in school. He reaches out to them and helps them feel a part of the school.
With regard to other favorite things about North Shore, Aryeh listed Dr. Maxwell’s 11th grade English class saying she helped bring out students’ inner voices, encourages creativity with relevant reading and discussion topics, and Mr. Miles’ AP US and European History classes, because his passion is contagious and his breadth of knowledge is something truly inspiring.
On a lighter note, Aryeh’s hobbies and other faves include a penchant for mystery and thriller books and movies citing author Dan Brown in particular, the edge-of-your-seat movie Gone Girl, fitness at the gym, sour gummy lips and the color yellow for the bright happy mood it imparts.
Aryeh concluded by speaking with enthusiasm about how his four years at North Shore affected him. “I found a family here. The walls of the school have nurtured me – a place where, all efforts all in, lead to achievement.”
Great job Aryeh! As the doors close behind you upon your graduation, the doors of success in your future are all wide open. Good luck!
Who is Jason Kurlander? He is on the go, on the up and up, a brother to three older sisters (also North Shore alums), a young man of many diverse interests and talents, and full steam ahead to his future with the North Shore wind at his back.
Jason started his high school career as a freshman at North Shore. His passion is computer science in business, but his interests run the gamut. For example this past summer between his junior and senior years he was an intern, within the field of polymer science and technology, at Stony Brook University Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Program Summer Research Program. Jason performed research of characterized microbial transglutaminase cross-linked gelatin hydrogels with encapsulated dental pulp stem cells (unspecialized cells having a property of self-renewal and can further differentiate into various types of specialized cells) for cell delivery in applications of regenerative medicine and will be submitted to the Siemens Competition this month. He worked in the lab alongside two other students from Central Yeshiva High School.
The previous summer Jason spent at Ramaz Upper School in NYC, in a six-week immersion engineering program called BlueStamp, for high school students to build projects they’re truly passionate about. Judging by his enthusiasm describing this project, he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. His selected project was an Autonomous Nerf Sentry Gun. Using a store bought Nerf gun, Jason rebuilt it with rewired electrical circuits, made a motorized wood stand, and installed a video camera enabling his invention to independently view, seek and shoot. (see pics)
In his freshman year, Jason worked on an independent engineering project with fellow student Ben Gilman, presented at the WAC Lighting Foundation Invitational Science Fair and won a Merit award for their prototype of a Train Crossing Collision Prevention System to prevent cars from getting stuck on train tracks and being hit by trains.
Other academic awards and achievements include multiple Honor Roll placements every year, the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award for having the highest average in science for the first five semesters in high school and automatically considered for the Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarship at the University of Rochester. Not to miss the right brain creativity, in his junior year Jason placed at Level 4 at NYSSMA, with a near perfect score, playing the clarinet. Note that he only started playing the instrument in his sophomore year! He chose to play because his grandfather played, and now Jason inherited his clarinet and clearly his talent as well. He also plays the piano.
Jason’s co-curricular activities this year include Captain of the Math Team, College Bowl, President of the Investing Club where he enjoys using an online investment simulator and hasn’t lost money yet, and Jazz Band.
Even with all of the above, Jason manages to fit in some interesting fun. For the past few summers, he has been flying high on the trapeze at Eisenhower Park to overcome his fear of heights. He has mastered flips, turns and various types of catch and release moves. Wow! He also enjoys playing soccer with friends. By far the most interesting thing in the fun category is his love of magic. Jason volunteers at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Northwell Hospital by going room to room with a child life specialist and doing magic tricks for patients and their families. He said their reactions range from interested to just plain amazed. What a great way to share his passion!
As Jason begins his senior year at North Shore as the first Student of the Month for 2017-18, he is excited about his future and applying to colleges. He is a thoughtful and highly successful student with a great smile, who brings his high level of imagination and his A-game every day. Just in case you’re wondering…his favorite class is Mr. Nagel’s Calculus, fave food is Friendly’s Mint Chocolate Chip, and he does his best to be good at everything – but he can’t sing…
Congrats Jason! What a great way to start off your senior year!
There is a most amazing quote that goes something like this: “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Who are you not to be? You are a child of G-d. We are all meant to shine…and as we do so, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same…our presence automatically liberates others.” Shani Kahan, North Shore’s June Student of the Month, and Class of 2017 graduate, is the perfect embodiment of these words.
Her name Shani (pronounced Sha nee’ with the emphasis on the “ni”) means Crimson and Marvelous. How perfect is that? She has truly risen to meet the strength of her name. She will soon be off to college attending the Stern Honors program, and after that, there will be medical school to fulfill her goal of being a doctor. Shani can’t think of a job better than saving peoples’ lives and is so excited for her future career.
However, since it’s just before graduation, let’s talk about some highlights from her years at North Shore starting with her love of science research. The topic of neurobiology is of particular interest to her and started when she was a volunteer at Friendship Circle working with autistic children. She was drawn to the many questions about what goes on in the brain and the ways we are affected. In ninth grade, Shani brought that interest to light when she entered LISC (Long Island Science Competition) and won first place, highest honors, honorable mention state nominee, and recipient of the Daniel Wilson Memorial Award for her research entry about olfaction and how it affects memory; like when you smell something delicious, and it reminds you of a fun vacation. In her sophomore year, she competed at LISEF (Long Island Science and Engineering Fair) with her neurobiology entry called “Synergistic Effects of Neuroanalgesics” addressing how oral medications affect neural receptors with the testing being done on termites. She loved the neuro part but did not enjoy the bugs…
A second project begun that year, and continued into 11th grade, was a team effort with Arie Monas and Elior Levy for the 2016 Toshiba Exploravision competition winning National Honorable Mention for their work on Optogenetics Controlled Targeted Cancer Drug Delivery - an alternative cancer treatment that involved the discovery of a less toxic chemical in Naked Mole Rats utilizing animal-created antibodies injected back into the patient using pluronic hydrogels containing the antibodies and a chemotherapeutic agent that would be attracted only to that specific antigen (cancer cells).
The following summer between 10th and 11th grade, Shani was accepted into a research program at Stony Brook University’s prestigious Neurobiology and Synthetic Chemistry department. Her eyes lit up when reciting the title of her research project: “A Novel Bio-orthogonal Trans-synaptic Tracer of Neural Circuitry” where she synthesized a linker called “Mono-Boc Diethylene Triamine.” In other words, she linked together a Lipid (a fatty neural substance), Tetrazine (an unstable compound) and a Fluorphore (a substance that will light up when stimulated in a specific way and can be used as a marker for observation). Working with larval zebrafish, she was able to see every time a neural impulse was stimulated by observing the synapse fluoresce (light up). This same summer, Shani then interned at Brookhaven National Lab where she studied a protein-solving program to crystallize a protein called “thermolysin” found in artificial sweeteners, and learned to analyze and work the data online with computer modeling software to determine the 3-D structure of proteins.
In addition to her love of neurobiology, Shani is passionate about computer science as well. She appreciates the beauty of computer science and is fascinated that no matter how difficult the problem, it can be abstracted using equations with the end result whatever you choose to make of it. She started “Girls Who Code” with Arielle Rothman under the guise of Ms. Robin Wilensky and was written up in great Newsday and LI Herald articles. http://liherald.com/stories/Girls-work-to-eliminate-the-technology-gap,80779. In addition, she is Co-President of FiCS-IT (Females in Computer Science and Information Technology) with Arielle Rothman to analyze the gender gap in today’s technology.
Last summer, Shani interned at Conductor in NYC where she worked with a software engineer and developed a Backlink Exporter (links that help determine the popularity of a website) that she presented at LISC and LISEF receiving Highest Honors, Honorable Mention, and even a cool $50! In her senior year, she also entered Siemens and Regeneron (Intel) competitions.
Israel Activism is high on Shani’s list of personal priorities. This year, Shani served as President of Israel Awareness and is a member of Write On for Israel (an advocacy program for Israel activism). This past February, she traveled to Israel with Write On for Israel where she experienced an awe-inspiring moment visiting Ziv Hospital in Sfat where she was able to meet and speak with Syrians from the war that are being treated by Israelis. They were humbled that their “enemies” were taking such good care of them. One of the stops on the trip that stood out the most was at Mount Herzl and hearing from Alex Singer's mother. Alex Singer was an IDF officer who made Aliyah and died in the Lebanon War.
Shani says she has a passion for counter-terrorism feeling it her duty to protect and says, “I've always dreamed of serving the IDF either as a paramedic or in the Intelligence Unit. I feel that my love for Israel and my involvement with Israel Activism would be incomplete without it”.
Other North Shore career highlights include acting officer in the Investment Club, Assistant Editor of North Shore Notes, and National Honor Society Light of Character.
Some of Shani’s favorite things are first and foremost - loves being the adoring older sister to her three younger brothers (the feeling is mutual), fitness and nutrition, a book titled If There’s Heaven by Ron Leshem about a dialogue with IDF soldiers that gave her a new level of appreciation of them as individuals, Hebrew literature class at North Shore, purple because it’s a calm, pretty and multi-dimensional color, ice skating (LOVES), and winter.
Shani’s lifelong dreams are to feel productive for a greater good, participate in the potential to improve society and most of all, to find a cure for neurological disorders. We can’t wait to read about her amazing accomplishments in the near future.
Mazel Tov Shani!
Best of luck as you graduate and move on to your next adventures in success!!
Answer: North Shore’s May Student of the Month – Ben Gilman.
A junior who commutes all the way from East Northport, Ben chose North Shore for a more academic and science-oriented high school experience. It was clearly an excellent choice as Ben is currently one of two students from all of Long Island (the other is his team partner Noah Oberstein) to be selected as a round 3 finalist in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Competition and has been invited to present at the International Spirit of Innovation Summit at Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida April 26 through 29, 2017. Their team name is BNGO Tech, and their project is in the Cyber-Technology & Security category with the creation of an app called PhishNet; a community-driven computer application to prevent phishing attacks. Check out the project pitch video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsyQ45BwT9M
This is a direct result of Ben’s interest in computer science and engineering. One of his hobbies is developing code. Just for fun, he decided to repurpose an old remote to turn lights on and off in his room by reconfiguring the remote’s code via infrared light. In addition, he also competes in the realm of math research. He enjoys going beyond what he learns in the classroom to challenge himself. His most recent math competition project is titled “Gravitational Time Dilation.” This is the concept that the closer you are to a strong gravitational field such as earth or a black hole, the slower time will go, and the slower you will age. In contrast, astronauts far out of strong gravity, will age faster unless they are traveling at very high speeds to counter the effects. Ben did topical research previously proved by the famous physicists, among them Albert Einstein, wrote a paper on his findings, and presented at the competitions.
Ben was also part of the first North Shore robotics team that partnered with Great Neck South High School Rebellions Robotics Squad with the goal of starting the first ever North Shore robotics squad next year. Ben and the team worked many afterschool hours to help GNS build and develop a robot and associated software. They then participated in the Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.
Last summer, Ben traveled to Israel on a month-long Machmed teen tour. Having hiked through the Golan and visiting sites such as the Dead Sea and Eilat, the standout experience was the Yad Vesham World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem saying that although he felt sadness, it made him very proud to be Jewish.
When not involved in his many academic activities, Ben can be found competing on the school Tennis team, playing the trumpet in the school band and jazz band, playing the piano, or peer tutoring. When he wants to unplug and recharge, he likes to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia on TV while eating his favorite food - mom’s chicken soup or favorite junk food – whatever’s on the counter.
Next year Ben will embark on his senior year at North Shore and is looking forward to all the great choices for his bright future. Perhaps he will develop an app or a code to help define and select from his many preferences!
Excellent work Ben. Congratulations!
Every now and then, someone comes along who does everything with poise and excellence, and makes it look easy. North Shore Junior Caylie Tuerack is that girl. Whether she is involved in a creative adventure, an athletic endeavor, or an academic challenge, Caylie approaches it all with wide-eyed joy and intense focus for success.
Since her freshman year at North Shore, she has participated in many activities that support her love of public speaking. This passion began while in Middle School when Caylie was asked to speak to hundreds of her fellow students on the insightful subject of Dvar Torah. She enjoys the connection to the audience when speaking on a topic that deeply interests her. While she gets nervous before a speech, she says that as soon as the first word is out, the nerves disappear, and the enjoyment takes over.
Taking her oratory experience to the next level, Caylie is part of both the Yale and Penn Model Congress teams where, as a committee member, she presented two bills this year: “Education and the Workforce” and “Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: paid parental leave and increasing funding for teachers’ salaries”. In addition, she is a member of YUNMUN (Yeshiva University National Model United Nations) serving on the committee representing Germany on the subject of Counter Terrorism, and is on the Debate Team. Next year she will be using her written voice as the Editor of North Shore Notes.
When not pursuing academic projects either in some of her favorite subjects such as English and AP Biology or co-curricular clubs, well-rounded Caylie can be found on the court playing varsity basketball or on the field as a pitcher/3rd base for the varsity softball team. Her out of school hobbies include regular horseback riding, playing the piano, and acro-dance. (She also loves eating Skippy out of the jar.)
Coming from a very close-knit family that puts a high value on encouragement, support and community service, Caylie has developed a strong desire to help others. In ninth grade she started a chesid club outside of the school working with a local Chabad family to “adopt” the residents of an assisted living home. They bring them baked holiday treats such as hamentashen, apple crumbles, and Shabbat challah, bringing light to the residents who love sharing their World War II experiences and life stories with their young visitors. With her mom, an avid UJA Federation volunteer, she has also become involved in several charity projects to give back to the community. Her two favorites so far have been making Thanksgiving food baskets and personally delivering them to families in need and putting together birthday and cold weather packages those less fortunate. Caylie says that doing this work makes her feel so grateful and appreciative for everything she has.
While she is not yet sure what she wants to be “when she grows up”, she has said since she was little, “I’m going to change the world, and make it a better place.” She wants to use her voice to speak about the injustices in the world and how to make changes. She feels that a career in politics could make the best impact to make these changes.
Caylie’s favorite color is Turquoise that comes from the stone first mined over 6000 years ago. It is said that the spiritual meaning of this ancient stone is that it promotes leadership, clear communication and friendship. This makes perfect sense since her favorite quote is: “someone can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”. With her open friendly smile and clear voice, Caylie is that “someone” and is sure to achieve her goal of making positive change out in the world. We can’t wait to see what happens! Congratulations Caylie!
Arie Monas has grown up in the North Shore Hebrew Academy family since elementary school, and we could not be more proud of the young man he has become. He enjoys the endless numbers of opportunities North Shore offers, and wow, has he taken full advantage!
He has known from a young age that he wanted to help people and has created experiences for himself to enrich and support his goal. In addition to enjoying his AP Econ and AP Bio (his favorite) courses, Arie has participated in several school-sponsored research programs starting as early as ninth grade, as well as working in a fascinating research program outside of the school.
His first major school research project, entered into the 2016 Toshiba Exploravision Competition, was in his junior year called Optogenetic Controlled Targeted Cancer Drug Delivery and was awarded Honorable Mention. This propelled him to go forward. Arie and two other students, Elior Levy and Shani Kahan, researched online for months looking for alternate cures for cancer that would be without the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. What they found was an animal called the Naked Mole-Rat that does not develop cancer which inspired them to develop their research proposal. The main points of their project submission are to take a biopsy of a tumor and implant it into the Mole-Rat which will develop antibodies to the biopsied cancer cells or antigen. The antibodies would then be injected back into the patient using a hydrogel containing the antibodies and a chemotherapeutic agent that would be attracted only to that specific antigen (cancer cells).
Continuing his research momentum, Arie spent the summer after his junior year at North Shore University Hospital (Northwell Health), as the only high school student working with Dr. John N. Makaryus and his research team of medical Residents and Fellows in the Department of Non-Invasive Cardiology. The goal of the research project was to explore and establish diagnostic accuracy and cost-effectiveness of non-invasive Coronary CT Angiography as a way to manage patients as compared to the standard protocols of serial blood tests, stress testing and the gold-standard of invasive Coronary Angiography. The research has been submitted to a journal for possible publication for which Arie participated in the process by assuring requirement compliance and data results and research. This amazing opportunity for him to combine his interests in science, medicine, and economics as a learning experience of contributing to the advancement of medicine has been extremely fulfilling and stimulating for him.
During the school year, he also volunteers at North Shore Hospital attending to patients’ needs and floor supply management. Arie says that giving back to his community by helping others and making a difference in their lives make him feel rewarded and uplifted by creating uplifting moments for others.
In addition to his medical and scientific pursuits, Arie is Captain of the North Shore Tennis Team (his favorite sport in his spare time), President of DECA Business, and a member of the Mock Trial Team. He enjoys art and architecture and has always enjoyed building things. A young man who wants to help others, is passionate, creative, and builds things! Imagine where he will go!
Haley has many interests and loves to help people. For the past several years, she and her mom came up with the idea to approach Trader Joe’s in Hewlett to partner with the Greater Five Towns Jewish Community Center. Their imaginative alliance enables the JCC food pantry to augment their regular canned goods donations with Trader Joe’s generously donated fruits and vegetables, meats, and other delicious fresh foods. Even with her busy schedule, she even manages to occasionally work at the food pantry.
A lover of public speaking, Haley had the amazing opportunity to speak to the Nassau County Legislature, jointly with the German Ambassador to the United Nations, about the rise of anti-Semitism in today’s world. She was then invited to U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day that included presentations, videos and speakers from all over. Back in middle school, Haley made a documentary on the holocaust, and interviewed a survivor. She is deeply interested in the psychology of how survivors managed to mentally and physically endure and persevere through such atrocities and ultimately were able to thrive.
Last summer 2016, Haley participated in a program at Columbia University that was a joint venture between Columbia and the Jewish Theological Seminary on social justice through a Jewish perspective. What she enjoyed most about it was meeting kids from many aspects of Jewish religious culture and lifestyle as well as, learning how to create her own initiative program. It is her goal to launch a domestic abuse and awareness program in Jewish communities for adults and later on for children and teens.
Haley has won many awards including the Bridges Award given by the New York State Assembly and Senate with the Jewish Community Relations Council. She received the award for running a teen girls’ leadership program in the Cedarhurst JCC and is also is a peer tutor for the sheer joy of helping other students do well. In addition to all of the above, College Bowl, Debate Team 9th grade, Softball, and 10th grade Shiriyah Captain are on the long list of Haley’s co-curricular activities.
And because all girls wanna have some fun and chill out, this Renaissance gal is into photography, cooking, or can totally settle in with some Nutella and “whatever” to watch favorite movies such as the iconic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club.
Haley’s favorite color is turquoise, because she says that it’s like looking at a person – it has depth and sometimes it looks blue and sometimes it looks like green, but either way it’s turquoise. Regarding her bright future, she is thinking of either Law or Medicine, but the one thing she is absolutely sure of is that she “wants to help people, but not by sitting at a desk.” And that says everything about Haley, and how she sees the world.
Who loves baking? Eliana Mosseri does. It is both her passion and her natural talent. Eliana is a sophomore transfer student who started this past September and has been selected as Student of the Month, because of the way she has embraced North Shore and brought such caring, remarkable imagination and great follow-through to the school. Eliana’s enthusiasm and that passion for baking inspired her to take the initiative to bake for charity.
When North Shore sponsored the 4K4Kids charity event benefitting another NSHAHS student – Adeena Paknoush, Eliana recruited her friend Daniella Baranis to bake cookies, brownies, and cupcakes to sell and raise money for the cause. The two took the train to Brooklyn where Eliana’s dad has a bagel store, worked until 1:00am, brought the treats to the school for the event where they sold out to the last crumb, and donated over $500 to the charity! That’s really something special.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Eliana suggested that she bake Hanukkah shaped cookies for the tenth grade chesid event for Yachad. She baked 120 blank sugar cookies shaped like dreidels and Stars of David. Her generosity and creativity didn’t end there. She brought in all the ingredients to make blue and white royal icing, piping bags for her classmates to professionally decorate the cookies, and clear bags with ribbons to make the cookies into beautiful gifts for the visiting students. Check out the photo (left) to see the finished products.
Eliana is a young lady of distinction who in just a few months has grown to love North Shore because of the support and enhancement of her abilities and the many creative opportunities offered. She is someone who is very self-sufficient, an independent thinker, and a doer. Eliana started the first NSHAHS Baking Club, which is a real testament to her can-do attitude since the school does not have any baking facilities! She researches no-bake options, and the club, now at about 25 members, meets to learn how and to create the no-bake confections. Some of her other baking experiences include making a video and winning a contest to be a guest judge on the Cake Boss (Buddy Valastro) TV show called “The Next Great Baker”, making her own Challah for Shabbat, and cake decorating which she posts regularly on her Instagram.
This Student of the Month is clearly a person destined for success. She has taken her passion for baking to a level where she not only has joy for herself, but uplifts and engages others along her way. She is very proud of her accomplishments and her personal growth. Eliana says it’s important to please yourself and do things that make you happy. Her favorite quote on a sign in her room says: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain". And if you can have something delicious to eat along the way, why not? Congratulations Eliana!
Daniel Zenou has been a history-maker at NSHA HS since he entered as a freshman. His goal was to make the most out of his high school experience and did just that. Since he has always known that he wanted to practice International Law, Daniel chose to participate in the Debate Club, both Penn and Yale Model Congress, and Mock Trial. This is where he started on his path of record-breaking successes. He was the first freshman from North Shore to receive U Penn Model Congress Honorable Mention. In addition, Daniel was the first and only freshman to be on the Varsity Debate Team.
In his junior year, Daniel was the first North Shore student to win both Honorable Mention and Best Delegate at U Penn Model Congress. In addition, his Yale Model Congress YouTube video, arguing as to why Israel should not be defunded, has garnered close to 6400 hits (Click on the link below to see the video).
In his final year at North Shore, Daniel is captain of the Debate Team (for the second time), both Yale and U Penn Model Congress, and Mock Trial. This year he won the prestigious Yale Model Congress Best Piece of Legislation in the Presidential Cabinet.
Very much the adventurer, Daniel spent the summer between his junior and senior years at the University of Oxford in England studying debate and public speaking. From England, he spent the rest of his summer in Israel at the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism. This is an opportunity open only to graduate and post-graduate students - never to high school students – to work in this think-tank for the Israeli government.
Daniel decided at a very young age to be someone who leaves a legacy of a high level of excellence and achievement in his path, to be someone to whom others can look up to, and to make feeling great about his experiences a tenet to live by. He wanted to be someone who can graduate knowing that he has taken full advantage of the many opportunities at North Shore with his message being “be content with what you have truly accomplished, and always do your best to improve and increase your success.”