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Lynbrook High School

Welcome to Lynbrook High School
Welcome to Lynbrook High School, where student success is our daily focus and striving for excellence our overarching goal. Our blend of strong academics, a passion for the fine and performing arts, and participation in athletics, service activities and independent projects constitute the very heart of all we do.  Spend some time visiting our website; then find some time to visit us and see for yourself what makes our home away from home, Lynbrook High School, so special.  GO OWLS!!

- Joseph Rainis, Principal


9 Union Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0200

  Mr. Joseph Rainis - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. Salvatore Brescia - 516-887-0200
Assistant Principal: Mr. Matthew Sarosy - 516-887-0200
Nurse: Ms. Raffaela Careccia - 516-887-0228
Nurse: Ms. Cathy Hetrick - 516-612-5416
Nurse Fax: 516-612-5423
Student Attendance: Mrs. Carla Garvey - 516-887-0209

School Year Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
All visitors must have an appointment to meet with staff in any school building. Please DO call ahead. Thank you!

Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
NYS línea de abuso infantile: 1-800-342-3720
Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200



Current News

Board Honors Eight Exceptional Students

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It was an evening of recognitions as the Lynbrook Board of Education praised several outstanding students at the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 13. The community also heard important updates, including a presentation on the Advanced Placement and Regents assessment results.

Lynbrook High School senior Djellza Pulatani was honored for being selected as a girls panelist for the nonprofit advocacy group She’s the First, in partnership with Akili Dada and MAIA. She was one of six girls to travel to the United Nations to present the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights. The board also recognized Commended Students Sara Bahri, Charles Gebbia and Julianne Lampert and Semifinalist Anna Rath in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

As a result of showing their exceptional characters, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak praised Lynbrook North Middle School student-athletes David Barrere and T.J. Sexton for their outstanding sportsmanship at a recent cross country meet. During a race, the two students witnessed a runner from an opposing team fall down and injury himself. Barrere and Sexton picked him up and walked him about 100 yards back to the coaches and the starting line.

“That great sportsmanship is what we are all about,” said Dr. Burak. “People are going to remember how you treat them, not all the accomplishments that you have earned.” 

Lynbrook High School student Michael Frank was also honored for his incredible act of kindness. Frank was recently at a local eatery during his lunch period when he saw a man choking on food and swept in to perform the Heimlich maneuver. His quick action saved the man’s life. 

In addition to the recognitions, Board Secretary Robert Paskoff and trustee Alicemarie Bresnihan spoke about their experience attending the New York State School Board Conference and Board Vice President Lesli Deninno provided a facilities committee update. The committee recently looked at the completed summer projects, reviewed possibilities and needs for the upcoming budget, discussed the security vestibules and the upcoming high school project and reviewed the findings of the board walk-throughs. 

The board and the community also heard from Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. He presented the districtwide AP and Regents assessment results at the middle and high school level.

“Our students on average are taking more of the assessments than students in other schools in the county and they are doing better on the ones that they are taking,” he said.
Dr. Beleckas also shared a timeline of the New York State Education Department’s new assessments and reported changes that are expected to occur with some of the exams.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Burak discussed the Reimagining Readiness Conference which is the first of three conference days that a team from Lynbrook, including Dr. Burak, attended. Educators gathered to examine what is needed to graduate and how to prepare students for life after graduation. Dr. Burak also reported on Superintendent’s Conference Day which was held on Election Day. The district partnered with the Lynbrook Teacher Center who helped organize different workshops. Staff members shared their expertise on various topics and trainings were facilitated. 

Before the close of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. There are currently three bids out for the air conditioning at Marion Street and West End elementary schools and the Waverly Park elevator. Dr. Lynch stated that the bids will be opened in the Atlantic Avenue board room on Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. and the public is welcome to attend. 

LHS Students Showcase Innovative Company

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Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise students recently participated in an elevator pitch competition at the Long Island Virtual Enterprise Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference at LIU Post. More than 2,000 students from across Long Island attended the event which was open to all VE high school students.

Students showcased their companies and participated in breakout sessions that focused on social media marketing and the financing of a successful business. Lynbrook High School senior Ethan Marcus represented Lynbrook High School’s VE company “Checkmate,” a financial help app that will track subscriptions, personal finances and stocks to help manage customer’s savings. Marcus serves as the company’s vice president of communications and pitched “Checkmate” against more than 105 other firms. 

“Marcus did a phenomenal job captivating the crowd and he kept spirits high while managing to steal laughs and applause from the audience,” said Lynbrook High School VE teacher Dr. Benedict Tieniber.

Although “Checkmate” did not progress to the final round of the competition, the day was a valuable experience for the students.

“Aside from the competition, a lot of great things happened that day anyway,” said Lynbrook High School senior and “Checkmate” chief executive officer Jane Hoeflinger. “We made strategic networking moves and have since completed a significant amount of sales from companies we met at that competition. Ethan did an amazing job and we are all so proud of him.”
Following the pitch competition, the students were divided into breakout sessions to learn about their corresponding departments.

“The breakout sessions were helpful and talking to professionals who have real world experience in the finance sector will help us when we format our official business plan, due Dec. 13,” said Lynbrook High School senior and co-chief financial officer Jared Moreida.

After the event, the students learned that "Checkmate" ranked in the top 25% nationally in the 2019-2020 National Elevator Pitch Competition. The company will participate in their next competition on Jan. 9. Students will be presenting their business plan and competing against other schools.

Lynbrook Senior Advocates for Girls Education

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Djellza Pulatani, a senior at Lynbrook High School, is a natural born a leader who strives to make a positive change in the world. Djellza was recently selected as a girls panelist for the nonprofit advocacy group She’s the First, in partnership with Akili Dada and MAIA. She was one of six girls to travel to the United Nations to present the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights.

Djellza discovered the She’s the First program while doing research about establishing a foundation for girls education. She filled out an application and was selected to be on a panel consisting of 15 trailblazing girls from nine different countries who would draft the top 10 rights that all girls should have. More than 1,000 girls from 34 countries submitted their thoughts about what rights should be included in the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights. Djellza and the team worked together to narrow down the top ten and from there, the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights was born. 

These rights include: 
• free, quality education
• equality
• involvement in decision-making and access to leadership positions
• documentation
• comprehensive sexual education and access to free, quality reproductive healthcare 
• protection from harmful traditions and enjoyment of positive cultural practices 
• safety from all forms of violence
• decision-making about their body and sexuality 
• protection under the law without fear or unequal treatment
• freedom from exploitation 

During her trip to the U.N., Djellza and six of the girls from her team met the Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to discuss why the rights are so important globally. The girls also met editor Diane Cole from NPR where they shared their hopes for the project and had an article written about their mission. After hearing about the girls presentation, Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N. Amina J. Mohammed made it her mission to meet the group as well.
“It was such an honor” said Djellza.

Following her visit to the U.N., Djellza attended the 8th annual She’s the First Summit in New York City where she met new people and heard from keynote speaker Isha Sesay, a former CNN anchor and correspondent who reported on the girls abducted from school by Boko Haram in 2014.
“We got a real perspective of someone who was an eyewitness of things that were happening and things that are currently still a problem overseas,” said Djellza. “I met a lot of interesting people. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Djellza, whose family is from Kosovo, said that her passion to advocate for girls education stemmed from her immigrant family who are from a more patriarchal society. 

“It’s been really prevalent in my everyday life to feel that disconnect,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of girls out there who feel that every day…I have the privilege of being in a community where I can speak my truth and really advocate for others. I have a voice when there are millions of girls out there who are silenced so it’s really been a mission in my life to be able to advocate for others who don’t have a voice.”

Following graduation in the spring, Djellza plans to present the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights to the government of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. She, along with the She’s the First organization will provide toolboxes and show government officials how to implement the Bill of Rights into their society. 

Students Selected for Nassau Music Festivals

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Seventeen talented string musicians from throughout the district were recently selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau intermediate and secondary festivals.
Lynbrook High School student-musicians who will participate in the LISFA Nassau Secondary Festival from Nov. 15-17 at Wisdom Lane Middle School include freshman Dylan Baltes, sophomores Manaka Ogura and Mia Tetelman, juniors Camilla Bahri and Emily Bergin and seniors Arpie Bakhshian and Kaylin Tephly.
At the intermediate level, four fifth graders and six middle school students were selected from the district. These student-musicians will perform with top students from throughout Nassau County in the LISFA intermediate festival on March 7 and 8 at Uniondale High School.

Participants include Lilly Sloan and Sebastian Damiani from West End Elementary School, Andrew Charpentier from Marion Street Elementary School and Rayna Barnhill from Waverly Park Elementary School. Middle school participants include Lynbrook South Middle School sixth graders Nycollet Altamirano and Sophia Schoen and eighth graders Olivia Pollicino and Elizabeth Charpentier, and Lynbrook North Middle School sixth grader Timothy Neri and eighth grader Stephanie Neri.
Congratulations to all the student-musicians on this great achievement! 

A Standing Ovation for Lynbrook High School’s “A Chorus Line”

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Lynbrook High School students took the stage for their production of “A Chorus Line – High School Edition” from Nov. 1-3. The Lynbrook community showed its support as they filled the John F. Branciforte Theatre at Lynbrook High School for each high-energy performance.
Led by Director of Fine and Performing Arts/musical orchestra director Joseph Pallotta, the pit orchestra provided the music for each performance. Members of the crew worked diligently backstage and the talented cast showcased their acting, dancing and singing chops with the help of choreographer Jessy Gill and vocal director Barry Wyner. The students proudly portrayed the characters of the award-winning musical as they took audience members into a chorus audition and the inner lives and ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies.
Directed by Joni Russo and Janet Rosano, students performed musical numbers such as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” The show was adapted to be performed by high school students with set construction by Thomas Sena, costumes by Barbara Kirby, lighting design by Michael Visco and sound design by Sensory Lighting and Sound, Inc. 

From Students to Mentors

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This past Halloween, Lynbrook High School’s Key Club members, alongside their advisor Dr. Benedict Tieniber, participated in a “Halloween Safety” event at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center. Twenty high school students visited kindergarten classes to read and present tips/tricks and rules on stranger danger and general safety. 

“It was great seeing how much the kids loved the holiday season, and reminiscing at my old school,” said LHS student Michael Morelli. 

“It was an amazing experience teaching the kids,” added LHS student Gabriela Campos-Peyrou. “I also felt great knowing we were helping them stay safe.” 

Students Host Spooktacular Night of the Pumpkins Event

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More than 1,200 community members attended Lynbrook High School’s annual Night of the Pumpkins event on Oct. 26. Now in its tenth year, the special event is hosted by Lynbrook High School’s National Art Honor Society and adviser Michael Kunz to raise money for charitable causes and the National Art Honor Society. With generous support from the Lynbrook community, members raised more than $7,400 for the Lynbrook Excellence in Education Foundation and the National Art Honor Society. 

Leading up to the anticipated event, honor society members worked diligently to carve more than 150 pumpkins which were available for purchase during the event. In addition to buying pumpkins, attendees enjoyed a craft table, photo booth, a Halloween toss, movies, a prize giveaway and more. Night of the Pumpkin T-shirts were sold while members from other LHS clubs and organizations such as the culinary arts club, environmental club, gay-straight alliance, Japanese club and virtual enterprise also participated in the event. 

“What makes this event so special each year is the amount of work the NAHS students put into it,” said Mr. Kunz. “They focus on every detail, from the pumpkins they carve, to the custom signs they design for the men’s and women’s rooms. All 54 members have a job to do and they do them so well. In addition, the support from the community is what makes the event so successful! We are so grateful that they come out to support our event each and every year!”

Students Honor Lynbrook Board of Education

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The community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Oct. 16. It was a special evening as the district celebrated the board, students were recognized, and important updates were shared.

In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, students and staff at Lynbrook High School showed their appreciation for the board. Students in Lauren Reganato’s cooking class baked cookies and Michael Kunz’s art class created a backdrop for photo opportunities during board meetings. Surrounded by her peers, junior Jenereth Tamayo from the high school’s English as a New Language program expressed her gratitude for the board and shared her positive school experience.

“Everyone here gives their love and support to make you feel that you can do it and feel safe,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine being in a better place. I would like to say thank you to the board on behalf of all my ESL friends for your continued encouragement…you continue to support our families and we truly appreciate it. Thank you.”

As a final treat for the board, New York State School Music Association All-State student-musicians Ricki Rizzo and John Kelhetter performed a beautiful rendition of “Ave Maria.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak announced that Ricki and John are among six Lynbrook High School students who were recognized by NYSSMA to perform or be an alternate at the All-State Winter Conference in Rochester from Dec. 5-8. She praised the students along with their fellow NYSSMA participants: Camilla Bahri, Arpie Bakhshian, Emily Bergin and Joshua Christian. Dr. Burak also announced that 103 Lynbrook High School students were designated as Advanced Placement Scholars from College Board. Thirty-three were named AP Scholars with Distinction, 22 were named AP Scholars with Honor and 12 were named National AP Scholars.

Following the recognitions, the community received important updates. Dr. Burak reminded the community that the district will be celebrating Unity Day on Oct. 23. She also highlighted the great work being done in the district. Students at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center and Waverly Park Elementary School donated more than 300 pairs of shoes to a school in Peru during their “Peds for Peru” drive and Lynbrook High School received the Scholar Athlete School of Excellence Award. To earn this honor, at least 75% of the school’s varsity teams had to maintain an average GPA greater than or equal to 90 and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, shared an update from the New York State Education Department. The Board of Regents has not and is not planning on getting involved with the New York State Health Department’s decisions regarding vaccinations. Additionally, based upon recent discussions, Regent Roger Tilles does not believe that public schools will be required to monitor the private schools within their borders. According to Dr. Beleckas, if this does become official, it would be positive news for the district. To monitor the private schools, the district would have to pay BOCES to provide necessary oversight.

In addition, Dr. Beleckas shared that the Board of Regents acknowledged that the current assessment programs need to continue to be revisited to provide teachers with appropriate scores and students more reflective 3-8 math and English Language Arts examinations. The hope is that fairer examinations would encourage all students to participate. Lastly, Dr. Beleckas reported that the high school graduation requirements and instructional programs will continue to be discussed at the state level. Although there have been several changes to the graduation pathways during the last few years, the curriculum itself has not been discussed. The hope is that the curriculum for the required courses will be reviewed to better prepare students for future endeavors.

Before the close of the meeting, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, provided a capital projects update. Projects are almost completed at North Middle School, South Middle School, Waverly Park Elementary School and the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center/Atlantic Avenue. The district is getting ready to put the Lynbrook High School project and the Waverly Park elevator out to bid which should occur before the holiday break. The work is anticipated to start next summer. 

Junior Receives Heartwarming Welcome After Heart Transplant

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It was a special morning at Lynbrook High School as junior Aidan Slattery returned to school on Oct. 15 after undergoing heart transplant surgery three months ago. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak, Principal Joseph Rainis, Assistant Principals Salvatore Brescia and Matthew Sarosy, along with excited students, staff and members of the Slattery family, waited for his arrival outside the high school.

Looking to give Aidan a memorable surprise homecoming, students proudly held balloons and posters to welcome him back. Members of the marching band performed and the cheer and kickline teams lined the sidewalk as Aidan was dropped off at the front of the building. Everyone cheered as they paved a path for him from the entrance of the school through the lobby, cafeteria and hallway.

Aidan, who has had a heart condition his entire life, fell ill in early May during his sophomore year and was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There, he learned his heart was failing and was placed on the nationwide emergency heart transplant list. Aidan underwent a massive surgery to receive a heart pump called a ventricular assist device and began to grow stronger. Within five weeks, a near perfect match was discovered for a donor heart and Aidan underwent heart transplant surgery.

“When we learned that Aidan was coming back to school, knowing what he and his entire family had gone through, it was inspiring,” said Principal Rainis. “And so I said to myself, wouldn’t it be great if we had the whole building outside to welcome him back? It’s just a nice way to welcome a wonderful young man back into the family.”

As Aidan was celebrated by his peers, Dr. Burak expressed how happy she was to see him return to school. Todd Slattery, Aidan’s father, was among the crowd and was thankful for the support of the school community.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “Aidan definitely brings out the best in them. He’s got a great personality and he’s pretty soft spoken, so this is probably a shock for him, but he knows that this whole thing came with a responsibility so he’s welcoming of the attention. Aidan wants to tell his story so that others can benefit from increased awareness for organ donors and the wonderful work that’s happening at children’s hospitals around the country.”

Welcome back, Aidan!

AP Scholars Hit Record High at Lynbrook High School

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One hundred and fifteen exceptional students from Lynbrook High School’s class of 2019 and 2020 were recently designated as Advanced Placement Scholars, a new record for the school. Forty one of the 115 students are from the Class of 2020. Earning this distinction showcases a student’s college readiness level. The College Board awards it to those who achieve exceptional scores on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. A total of 49 were recognized as AP Scholars, 32 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, 22 were named AP Scholars with Honor, and 12 members of the Class of 2019 were designated as National AP Scholars.

The AP Scholar Award recognizes students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Those recognized as AP Scholars with Honor must earn 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. To earn the status of an AP Scholar with Distinction, a student must 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. The National AP Scholar Award, the highest honor, is given to students who receive an average score of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

The district congratulates these students for their outstanding achievement and for all their hard work and dedication. 

Virtual Enterprise Class Welcomes 2019-2020 Executive Board

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Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s virtual enterprise class at Lynbrook High School is in full swing this year! After an extensive interview process with assistant principals Matthew Sarosy and Salvatore Brescia, positions for the class have recently been selected. Students put their professional skills to the test as they endured mock interviews, composed cover letters and resumes, and topped it all off by coming to class decked out in their business formal dress. Prior to the official mock interviews, Mr. Finder, Mrs. Hanley, Mrs. Marr, Mrs. Scorcia and Mr. Cornicello volunteered their time to help prepare the students for their mock interviews.

The interviews allowed the executive board to be determined for their company, Checkmate, a financial help app that will track subscriptions, personal finances, and stocks to help manage customer’s savings. Students boasted about the innovative technology that will not only save customer’s money but that will also help them use it through suggesting recommendations on investments and money management.

Students are currently in the process of composing elevator pitches to prepare for future competitions, one being an online competition which was held on Oct. 7. Students excitedly prepared by pitching their product to anyone and everyone that would listen.

The virtual enterprise course is an elective offered to Lynbrook students in grades 10-12. The international program enables students to accrue business experience through real life simulations. Those who complete the course are eligible to receive up to nine credits from Farmingdale State College.

Congratulations to the following virtual enterprise students on their new “Checkmate” positions: Jane Hoeflinger, chief executive officer; Gabriella Campo-Peyru and Jared Morieda, co-chief financial officers; Kyle Serro, chief operating officer; Alex Sylvia and Ethan Marcus, co-vice presidents of communications; Leo Sola, vice president of graphics/IT; Jake Belmont and Jolie Gutstein, vice presidents of sales and marketing.

The students will put “Checkmate” to the test as they participate at their first live elevator pitch competition on Oct. 25 at LIU Post.

Student-Musicians Earn All-State Honors

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Six talented student-musicians from Lynbrook High School recently earned honors from the New York State School Music Association. Juniors Camilla Bahri, Emily Bergin, John Kelhetter and Ricki Rizzo were selected to perform at the annual NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester from Dec. 5-8. Emily was also selected as an alternate for jazz electric/string bass. Senior Arpie Bakhshian and junior Joshua Christian were selected as alternates for violin and alto saxophone, respectively.

In Rochester, Camilla will perform the violincello and Emily will perform the double bass in the string orchestra. Singers John and Ricki will perform in the mixed chorus and treble chorus, respectively. Students earned the prestigious honor to perform in these ensembles based on their NYSSMA auditions last spring during solo and ensemble festivals.

Congratulations to all six student-musicians on this outstanding achievement! 

Three Exceptional Seniors Recognized as Commended Students

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Three seniors from Lynbrook High School were recently designated as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sara Bahri, Charles Gebbia and Julianne Lampert placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Although the students will not continue on in the competition, they are among about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who were honored for their exceptional academic promise. Some of these students also become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Congratulations to all three students! 

Lynbrook Senior Honored as National Merit Semifinalist

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Anna Rath, a senior at Lynbrook High School was recently recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Anna is among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program who will continue on in the competition with the hopes of receiving some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. 

To enter the competition, Anna took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test along with 1.5 million juniors across the country. She is among less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors to receive the Semifinalist title based on her high score. About 15,000 students are expected to advance to the finalist round and will find out in February. National Merit Scholarship winners will be determined in the spring. 
According to Anna, it was an exciting surprise to find out that she was deemed a Semifinalist.
“It was super rewarding and shocking,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Along with her exceptional academic skills, Anna has been heavily involved at Lynbrook High School. She is a member of the Math, Science and National honor societies, the Italian club and is a cast member in the school play each year. Anna was also part of the high school’s Active Citizen Teens Club. Adding to her impressive resume, Anna spent the past two summers at Harvard University taking classes. This included Italian, Spanish, theatrical directing and historical linguistics.
Congratulations, Anna!