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Guide Post Takes Top Journalism Awards

Photo of North High Quill Award winners

North High School’s student newspaper, Guide Post, received four top awards, including first place honors, at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism.

Guide Post won first place for Best Layout, second place for Most Outstanding Newspaper and Best Page One Layout, and third place for Best Editorial, “Charity and Unity in Times of Trouble.”

“I’m very proud of our students,” said Edward Baluyut, faculty advisor for Guide Post. “This is the highest number of awards that our publication has won in the 15 years that we’ve entered the contest.”

Guide Post staff are Editors-in-Chief: Joshua Nouriyelian and Alec Rich; Managing Editors: Sasha Hakimian and Jonathan Sasson; Layout Editor: Kevin Li; Copy Editors: Courtney Hakimian and Hong Tam; News Editors: Michael Amrami and Nilesh Ganguli; Opinion Editors: Eric Rosenbaum and Daniela Schwartz; Features Editors: Charlize Dilmanian and Magny Nabavian; Sports Editors: Isabella Mirro and Koorosh Nabatian; News Associates: Vera Cho and Matthew Somekh; Opinion Associates: Aaron Baron, Jayce Kim, and Jackson Pan; Features Associates: Adena Etaat and Sofia Shafizadeh; Sports Associates: Victor Chen, Emily Kagan, and Shaina Zargari; Photographers:  Emanuel Rahmanan and Sage Sherry; Columnists: Emily Cohen, Deborah Malekan, Hong Tam, and Lucien Wostenholme; Staff Writers: Davina Khakshour, Sabrina Messite, Nora Monasheri, Bob Qian, Emma Sassouni, Alya Shor, Omeed Tartak, and Gabriela Veras.


Author Chris Crutcher Visits North Middle

Photo of North Middle Author Chris Chrutcheer with students and teacher in front of auditorium stage

Young Adult author Chris Crutcher visited North Middle School on March 6 to speak about the writing process and answer questions from students.
All students at North Middle recently finished reading one of Mr. Crutcher’s works: eighth graders read the novel Deadline, seventh graders read Ironman, and sixth graders read a short story. During grade-level assemblies, students enthusiastically asked the author questions about the characters and plot development of these three works. Mr. Crutcher also interacted with students during a special luncheon and signed copies of his books.

Since 1983, Chris Crutcher has published thirteen novels, an autobiography, and two short stories. He is the recipient of several awards, including the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and two Intellectual Freedom awards, one from the National Council for Teachers of English and the other from the National Coalition Against Censorship. From 1999-2000, five of his books appeared on an American Library Association list of the “100 Best Books for Teens of the Twentieth Century.”


Upstander Week at South Middle

Photo of Assemblyman D'Urso speaking in auditorium Photo of speaker Eric Lipetz with students, teacher and administrators

Several inspiring guest speakers visited South Middle during the week of March 5—9 to remind students about our responsibility to be upstanders and speak out against intolerance. Presenters included Holocaust survivors Werner Reich and Eric Lipetz, and Assemblyman Anthony D'Urso, whose family sheltered Jewish families in Italy during the Holocaust. In addition to their messages of courage and kindness, our guests spoke about their life experiences, which tie into the English and Social Studies curriculum for sixth and eighth graders.


North Middle Student Wins Second Place in National T-Shirt Contest

Photo of Jewels Rahmanan and Ms. Sicurella Image of North Middle 2nd place nationwide t-shirt design competition

Congratulations to North Middle seventh grader Jewels Rahmanan, who won second place in a nationwide t-shirt design competition for the Achilles Kids International Marathon Program. More than 500 applicants submitted original drawings for the 2018 Achilles Kids t-shirt design contest. The Achilles Kids International Program is a run/walk/roll program designed for students with disabilities to complete a 26.2 marathon at their own pace, using a virtual map, with incentive along the way. Here, Jewels is photographed with Michelle Sicurella, health education department chair at North Middle School.