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VSCHSD Honors AP Scholars

National AP Scholars

Every fall, the Valley Stream Central High School District’s Board of Education and Administration recognize AP Scholar Award recipients from the current senior class. On Oct. 10, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich and Board of Education President Matthew Stris presented certificates to these students in acknowledgment of their exceptional scores earned last spring. 

Valley Stream students were identified as AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honors and AP Scholars with Distinctions. Additionally, three students earned the elite title of National AP Scholar. Congratulations to Joseph Campbell and David Manikas of South and Mohammad Qadri of North for this extraordinary accomplishment. 

AP Scholar recognitions are presented by the College Board based on students’ Advanced Placement examination performances. The district provides an assortment of AP courses, which are of college-level rigor, at Central, North and South high schools. This year, the AP offerings have been expanded in the district to include an AP Capstone component. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. Students can earn college credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP exams. The district congratulates the following students:

AP Scholar (granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams)

Central High School: Naima Alakham, Julian Castillo, Anika Chowdhury, Anthony Cruz, Natasha Dhanraj, Genesis Duran, Miguel Giral, Deanna Hammond-Young, Antoine Jean-Louis, Emily Lopez, Jeannine Nwade, Ogechi Okafor, Shaffan Rangoonwala, Zachari Rose, Amber Shaukat, Amrit Singh, Joshua Tanoy, Giovanni Thomassini, Alexander Trajan, Brianna Williams.

North High School: Daniel Acosta, Courtnae Alves, Ayesha Azeem, John Biegler, Ayele Brockington, Rebekah Buon, Angelica Celis, Christina Chalmers, Sabrina Connolly, Daniela Crimi, Audrey D’Aulisa, Laila Drosman, Kailyn Fan, Christopher Ferro, Daniel Fitzsimmons, Jessica Fornells, Anthony Franco, Geralyn Jones, Annaelle Lafontant, Corinne Lima, Brian Milone, Joseph Munson, Wajeeha Nadeem, Mia Peredo, Sean Rogers, Ryan Sabini, Justin Schoenfeld, Sameen Siddiqui, Nikolas Tartamella, Courtney Taylor, Anthony Terzulli, Jacqueline Winslow, Michael Winslow.

South High School: Amaan Abdullah, Sheza Ali, Bayza Assefa, Brook Assefa, Maham Ayaz, Maria Baig, Christopher Blake, Wayne Chen, Allendy Decopin, Christian Edwards, Jonathan Eugene, Janez Francis, Jack Franzino, Brian Garay, Sarah Henao, Joshua Hernandez, Melanie Ingber, Julian Jeffrey-Wilensky, Filip Konieczny, Andrew Lazzara, Julianna Lentini, Caitlyn Lopeck, Seancris Luyun, Ibrahim Mozawalla, Osama Oza, Taranveer Pabla, Maximo Ramos, Jason Robles, Imman Shah, Sophia Sheinin, Joshua Starling, Brian Sterling, Liam Tormey, Natalia Walawender, Preston Yeh, Ariel Yeni.

AP Scholar with Honor (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams)

Central High School: Ayana Bisnar, Leah Clegg, Rebecca Colgan, Lena Demas, Omar Elhoriny, Hajra Ilyas, Asadullah Mian, Christopher Mitto, Hannah Roldan, Suleman Shahid, Aianne Urgel.

North High School: Ashley Augustin, Christopher Basile, Jacqueline Blain, Christian Chalmers, Karen Chan, Rahul Dutt, Alexa Foster, Arshia Iqbal, Kathleen Kearney, Clara Leyendecker, Christian Pareja, Steven Santiago, Christopher Schwabe, Alicia Tsu, Justine Woracek.

South High School: Matthew Almonte, Nicole Ayora-Gonzalez, William Bertiz, Jacob Ebert, Robert Espinal, Adejuwon Fasanya, Meron Ippolito, Ryan Prashad, Shane Sackichand, Aaliyah Schultz, Lesly Tapia-Ramos.

AP Scholar with Distinction (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams) 

Central High School: Bianca Balkaran, Mutahira Bhatti, Adam Birch, Ogochukwu Chukwuma, Raylana Ciceron, Adrian Erazo, Rachel Guilbaud, Alesha Gutierrez, Melanie Heeralal, Robby Lyallpuri, Amanda Mirville, Chinonyelum Okoli, Tasnova Osmani, Aaron Presto, Jonathan Val, Alisha Victor.

North High School: Angelena Barone, Bianca Bernier, Amelia Cossentino, Chloe Cossentino, Tristan Darshan, Abigail Fitzsimmons, Gabriella Grand-Pierre, Pablo Hernandez, Shane Johnson, Valeria Ladino, Mohammad Qadri, Hassan Raja, Michael Russo, Cassie Saracino, Nithin Seelan, Jared Shapiro, Benjamin Testani, Sophia Thomson.

South High School: Ann Ballesteros, Joseph Campbell, Nicholas Chen, Nicolas Farias, Emilio Fredericks, Ryan Harnanan, David Manikas, Christopher Possidel.

National AP Scholar (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams)

South High School: Joseph Campbell, David Manikas. 
North High School: Mohammad Qadri.

 

North’s Brave Assembly Program

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On Wednesday, October 11, Jamel Hudson, a multi- talented performer who speaks to students all over New York, presented his take down bullying message at VS North High School. Our 9th graders were motivated and energized by his message. Simply stated, the assembly was a hit!

VSCHSD musicians earn All-State honors

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Two Valley Stream Central High School District students have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All-State ensembles, and seven were accepted as alternates. All-State performers will take the spotlight at the 2017 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester in December. All nine musicians have been featured in All-County ensembles in previous years, as well as in the District Music Festival. 

Central High School senior Kristen Smith (Soprano I) will participate in the All-State Mixed Chorus, and North High School senior Chloe Cossentino joins the All-State Symphonic Band on Bassoon. Kristen serves as president of Central’s Tri-M Music Honor Society and is involved in the select choir, chorus and musical productions. Chloe is part of North’s band, marching band, jazz band, chorus and Tri-M Music Honor Society, and attends Mannes Prep pre-college music courses in New York City on Saturdays.  

Seniors Naima Alakham (Alto II) and Dominique Coppin (Soprano II) from Central were chosen as alternates for Chorus. Both are members of Tri-M and select choir, and Naima is regular in Central’s musicals and a member of the chorus.  

Representing North as All-State alternates are violinist and junior Kailyn Fan for Orchestra, seniors Jessica Buontempo and Geralyn Jones (both Soprano II) for Chorus, and junior Amelia Cossentino as a tuba player for the Symphonic Band. Kailyn is involved in North’s orchestra and Breakfast Club ensemble; Jessica is part of the women’s choir, chorus, 7:10 Downbeats a cappella group and Tri-M; Geralyn contributes to Tri-M, chorus and the 7:10 Downbeats; and Amelia is in band, 7:10 Downbeats, chorus and choir. As an attendee at the New York State Summer School for the Arts Orchestra Studies Institute this past summer she was awarded a NYSCAME Scholarship and the Dean Harrington Scholarship.

South High School senior and violinist Nicole Pellman was selected as an alternate for the All-State Symphonic Orchestra. With a goal to study music education, she has performed in Long Island String Festival Association concerts and with the Long Island Youth Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. She joined a MYO group in Spain two years ago, and this past summer, she attended a chamber group at Stony Brook University.

North High School’s Tim Boyens Earns Coach of the Year Award

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Valley Stream North High School Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Tim Boyens has been recognized as a recipient of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year Award. He was selected for this honor based on his experience coaching track and field and cross country, as well as his participation in league/sectional committees and contributions as a positive role model. 

Under the leadership of Coach Boyens, along with Coach Mike Frazer and several assistant coaches, North’s teams have achieved many triumphs. In the last ten years, the Boys Cross Country Team has been named County Champions, Conference Champions and Division Champions three times. The Girls Cross Country Team took the titles of County Champions in 2010 and Division Champions in 2007. 

The Boys Winter Track and Field Team has earned County Champions titles six times since 2011, and has maintained a successful streak as Conference Champions every year since 2006. The Girls Winter Track and Field Team boasts similar successes, with five County Champions titles since 2009 and Conference Champions distinctions almost every year since 2005, with the exception of 2007. 

The spring track and field teams both present extraordinary statistics. The boys team has held a League Meet Record since 2006, with 176 wins and no losses, while the girls have secured 174 wins with only two losses. Looking back all the way to 2005, the boys team has been named County Champions 10 times, Conference Champions 12 times and Division Champions 11 times, while the girls team has been crowned County Champions six times, Conference Champions 11 times and Division Champions 11 times. 

In addition to the remarkable team accomplishments, Boyens has coached five individual state champions and a national champion, as well as All-State and All-American athletes. 

“I have been fortunate to work with some great coaches and athletes over the years and you can see we have been very successful as a team,” Boyens stated. He has been an educator and coach at North for 19 years and teaches Living Environment and science classes.
 
The NYSPHSAA is part of the National Federation of High Schools, and its 21 statewide Coach of the Year recipients are now eligible to advance and earn NFHS Regional and National Coach of the Year Awards. 
 

Back to School in VSCHSD!

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A year of learning and success has kicked off at Central, Memorial, North and South! On Tuesday, September 5, Valley Stream’s students and staff members entered classrooms with great enthusiasm for the many opportunities and experiences that the upcoming months hold. Students were excited to reunited with friends, and expressed excitement for the new challenges, goals and achievements ahead.

Friday, October 20, 2017