Congratulations to 10 Eastchester High School seniors who have been named as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program (NMSC) for their outstanding performance on the PSAT exam that was administered last October. They are among 34,000 students across the nation receiving this honor and rank in the top three to four percent of scholars.
The 2019 Commended Students are:
Olivia C. Bishop Noelle Butler Samantha Grace Dell’Imperio
David Ewing James Fong Alexander P. Kim-Koutsis
Juliet N. Liao Ryan F. Martin James L. Poletti
In addition, senior Michael Zeolla was named a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, scoring in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino students who sat for the PSAT/NMSQT last year. The NHRP academic honor is received by only 5,000 out of 250,000 Hispanic and Latino juniors who take the test.
The NMSC’s mission is to promote scholastic excellence and recognize students who achieve these goals.
Junko Abe, Jacob Hur, Jimin Hwang, Rei Koyama, and Kyoko Saito, and Kotaro Umemoto were recently accepted into the Area All-State Orchestra. They were all recommended by the music department and were selected by the Orchestra chairperson based off their excellent NYSSMA scores. Approximately 700 students were recommended for this group by teachers across Westchester County.
This is such a great honor and opportunity for these 4 students! The concert is November 8th, at 8PM at SUNY Purchase.
Congratulations to Chris Tyrrell who was selected to the NYSSMA All-State team as an alternate for the snare drum. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.
The All-State Conference event will take place on November 29 through December 2, in Rochester, New York.
On Friday, October 19th, the HS SLAM! Poetry Club hosted its first in its series of Open Mic Nights at Barnes & Noble, Eastchester. Approximately fifteen students shared their poetry, including poetry in English, Farsi, French, Italian, and Spanish to an audience of thirty. Under the advisory of Dr. Kambar, the club has run been hosting Open Mic nights for sixteen years. The staff at Barnes & Noble is always welcoming and efficient. Thank you to chaperones Ms. Marcoccia and Ms. Smith-Yahia for working to support the poets and to encourage an appreciation of the poet’s craft. A special thank you to Ms. Marcoccia for encouraging her Spanish and Italian students to share poetry in the languages they study.
This year marked the 42nd anniversary of New York’s Italian Heritage and Culture Month, which celebrates and promotes the language and culture through special events, concerts, exhibits, lectures, and proclamations. These events preserve the culture and better inform New York, the largest Italian-influenced city in America.
On Monday, October 1st, two students from Eastchester High School were honored for their dedication and hard work in Italian at an official proclamation ceremony by the Legislative Branch of Westchester County. This year, the ceremony celebrated Italian women in America, and students from various parts of the county were recognized for their outstanding academic performance in Italian. Seniors Julia Risi and Samantha Macaluso both accepted awards in acknowledgement of receiving the highest consecutive averages in Italian throughout high school. Julia Risi received an award directly from the Westchester County Board of Legislatures for achievement in the language and culture, while Samantha Macaluso received the DeCicco scholarship.
On October 16th, an official proclamation ceremony by Westchester County Executive Honorable George Latimer was held to celebrate Italian Heritage and Culture Month. The event, organized by the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations and chaired by Prof. Lucrezia Lindia, Mrs. Mara Persamperi and Mr. Daniele Passalacqua, was held at Eastchester High School Auditorium and Italian teachers from all over Westchester County were invited to honor outstanding students of the Italian language. Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, was one of the guest speakers. At this event, the Eastchester senior Michael Romano received an award for his dedication to the Italian language and culture while other Eastchester High School Italian Club members opened the ceremony in singing the Italian National Anthem.
On October 26th at the El Caribe in Brooklyn, senior Alessandro DiGiugno received a monetary scholarship at the annual dinner dance from the Italian American Labor Council.
In honor of Italian Heritage month, the EHS Italian Club and Niccoló Machiavelli Chapter of the National Italian Honor Society participated in a variety of activities to celebrate the Italian culture. Students marched in the Manhattan Columbus Day Parade with Mrs. Lindia, and senior Danielle Casey earned special recognition as Miss Columbus. Students also participated in the Human Rights Carnival, and are raising money for the club through an upcoming bake sale.
The activities and celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture Month have students enthusiastic about the upcoming year’s exciting events within the Italian Club.
The Art Honors Society club is currently working hard to construct the centerpieces for this year’s Fashion Show “Seniors in the City”. The centerpieces have an exciting New York theme with Broadway signs and personalized graffiti created by our students. The club members are looking forward to creating more art based projects that benefit the school and Eastchester community.
Laura Marcoccia (Teacher of French and Italian), is the advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance and this year, they have begun a book club. The first book they will be reading is called, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The club will be discussing the book on Wednesday, November 14th after school in room 130 and is open for all teachers and students to join in the discussion.
Topics from the novel will include, but are not limited to:
- the moment of coming out
- “when you knew”
- organizations such as Chick-Fil-A
- how someone can trigger your sexual identity crisis without knowing
- being insulted by proxy
- Twelfth Night
- being secure in masculinity/femininity
- sexual orientation and sexual identity