2019 Scholastic Award Recipients for Art

Congratulations to all 2019 Scholastic Award Recipients! Gold Key winners will advance to the National Scholastic Awards, announced in March.

Sakura Abdel-Rahman, Gold Key Drawing and Illustration, Sakura Abdel-Rahman, Silver Key Drawing and Illustration, Nicole Ross- Honorable Mention Mixed Media, Nicole Ross- Honorable Mention Photography, Kevin Jiao -Gold Key Jewelry, Kevin Jiao- Silver Key Jewelry, Emily Bui -Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration, Emily Bui- Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration

Student Achievements Around EHS

Julia Moser won Honorable Mention and a Silver Key Award for her poems “Venus” and “Anniversary” in the H2H (Hudson-to-Housatonic) Writing Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. On Sunday, March 3, 2019, she was honored at a celebration that took place at Manhattanville College.

Juliet Liao and Chris Tyrrell

Juliet Liao and Chris Tyrrell were selected to the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) High School Honor Band. This annual symposium is comprised of students from across New York State and is based on NYSSMA Solo Festival ratings – in short it’s REALLY competitive. The symposium and concert is this weekend, March 1-3 in Syracuse, NY.

Art in Action at the Katonah Museum of Art

Jewelry/Metal Arts student Joseph Cartolano participated in the Katonah Museum of Art Young Artists Market on March 3, 2019. The 36th annual Young Artists Exhibition had on view are over 400 students artworks, curated and installed by the students themselves. Congratulations to Joseph on a job well done!

Metalwork on display
Metalwork on display

NEHS and Common Reads

This January, students in the National English Honor Society had the opportunity to participate in a scholarship competition and receive potential awards of up to $5,000.  Under club advisor Bryan Johnson, the students selected one of two Common Reads chosen by the NEHS, read the book, and met at the Vernon Hills Barnes & Noble  on Thursday, January 3, for a “book talk” prior to completing the essay.

Students shared their insight on Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, discussing how family, alienation, secrets, and a lack of communication all impacted the novel’s characters.  Participants looked into the greater symbolism of key scenes in the novel, discussed the climax, and brainstormed potential approaches to the scholarship entries.

The night’s event was, in the eyes of Mr. Johnson, a success.  “The goal was to afford the students the chance to talk about the text, gain a stronger understanding of the title, and really have a great opportunity at attaining what could be a very lofty award.”

The Eastchester chapter of the English Honor Society is open to students who have completed five semesters of English with an average of 90 or higher, and who demonstrate a willingness to continue reading and writing outside of the curricular content.

15 Minute Hamlet in Ms. Gavin’s Classroom

Ms. Gavin’s English 12 students performed Tom Stoppard’s 15-minute Hamlet in competitive rounds. Featuring the most well-known lines from Hamlet, the play is lively, challenging, and full of humor. The seniors took their performances to eleven, throwing themselves into their roles with energy and enthusiasm that would have made Shakespeare proud!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern alive and well!

Diner Night with the 9th Grade EGO

The 9th grade EGO sponsored, “Diner Night” with the annual teacher pie eating contest. It was held on Thursday, January 17th at the Eastchester Odyssey Diner. Coach Utschig in his first ever appearance beat out previous champions Mr. Gruber, Mr. Berbit, and Mrs. Astarita. As always all teachers were great sports! The 9th grade was able to raise $140 for their class along with the March of Dimes charity.

Teachers cannot turn down food!
Teachers cannot turn down food!

Animal Rights Club and their donation drive

The Animal Rights Club had a donation drive through the month of December called “Deck the Paws” where students and staff donated pet supplies (bedding, blankets, treats, canned food, toys) to animals in need. All of the supplies were donated to the Westchester Humane Society in New Rochelle. The dedication and sacrifice of the clubs members went a long way towards helping these animals in the coldest months of the year.

Political Science Club in Action!

The Political Science Club participated in Columbia University’s Model Congress conference Thursday 2/7 – Sunday 2/10. Sixteen Eastchester High School students participated. Three students applied and were appointed to Presidential Cabinet: Brian Kim-Koutsis (Secretary of the Interior), Sophia Sabelja (elected by ALL conference participants to be Vice President of the conference) and Alex Siegel (Treasury Secretary). Students had a great time debating bills in small committees and getting to know other students from schools in the New York area as well as Maryland and Virginia.

  • L to R: Wesley Miller, Michael Fang, John Fahy, Kieran Gaffney, Sophia Sabelja, Alex Siegel, Elias Dube, Kanta Sakabe, Artun Bilir, Nick Dragomanov, Judy Matteoni, Laura DeLeon, Rosaline Althaus, Brian Kim-Koutsis, Elona Nasser, Caroline Devir
    Enjoying the weather!

Winter Highlights from Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is fundraising and lending a hand to Veterans!

On January 24th, members gathered to sell chocolates for the annual fundraising drive that will yield $4,500 in profit.  The money will be devoted to various endeavors around the community and will even help some of the victims of recent natural disasters.

On January 27th, members of the club delivered over 7 large boxes of food items collected at our meeting to help serve local Veterans.  The event took place in New Rochelle and attended by many local veterans.

2019 Relay for Life Kickoff was held at Broken Bow in Tuckahoe on February 28th.  Our members baked for the occasion.  This year’s event will take place on May 18th at Lake Isle Country Club, from 6pm-6am.  The officers of Habitat formed a committee to plan activities for the evening. Last year, 125 students attended and helped raise over $22,000.00.  For more information about joining, contact one of the Habitat officers or the advisor, Mrs. Astarita.

Ms. Reilly, Mrs. Astarita, Stefanie Tiso and Ms. Eldred attended the kickoff.

Winter Track Honors Jim Yedowitz

In addition to chasing personal bests, winning medals, and setting records, the Winter Track Team came together this season to honor a pillar of Section I Track & Field. After Jim Yedowitz, the longtime coach at Rye High School, passed away midway through the season, the track team raised money for the Lustgarten Foundation by designing special t-shirts in his memory. The team wore these shirts, which carried Coach Yedowitz’ slogan “Run Through the Line,” at the January 13 League Championship meet to show support and respect for Rye’s program and athletes. In additional to this gesture, the team donated $200 in Coach Yedowitz’ name, honoring his legacy and his contributions to Section I Track & Field.