2000-06-10 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

In an assembly ceremony on June 2, N.H.S. advisor Mr. John Gentile supervised the installation of seventeen new members of the National Society. These honor students, mostly juniors, joined 21-seniors installed last year to carry the tradition of academic excellence at FRHS into the graduating class of 2001. The new students honored were Allankristoffer Agcon, Maricel Brito, Mariana N. Burke, Samantha M. Cheeanam, Jermaine Clarke, Gregory Coleman, Sharod S. Delain, Claude Duperval, Andrew Fuller, Kelly Hudson, Delisa Persaud, Tiffany Pollard, Farhana Razzaque, Dezann K. Romain, Paul Saby, Leticia Seaton and Mahbubur Shahid.


Forty-eight classes were escorted to the FRHS auditorium lobby at various times on June 6, to view an exhibit of art created by the classes of Mrs. McCauley, Miss Wolk and Mrs. Katon. Almost 500 works done by students in Art I, Advanced Drawing, Painting, Computer Art, Three-dimensional Art and Interior Design classes filled the 800-square-foot exhibition area. At least 200 FRHS artists were represented.


Two assembly concerts on Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, featured performances by our recently established concert band, conducted by Mr. Keith Jordan and a new vocal ensemble, the Jazz Choir, conducted by Mr. Robert Carpentier. Both groups were very well received by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience of students and faculty.


Last week’s column mentioned that senior Moses Polonio was one of nine finalists in a public-speaking contest sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Association. FRHS is very pleased to announce that Mr. Polonio won first prize in that competition. He will receive a cash award $2000 immediately and an additional $1000 for each of his first three years in college. Moses plans to attend SUNY at Stony Brook this fall. Also to be congratulated is Mrs. Francine Fertig, Moses’ coach for the competition.


Saturday, June 10, marks Far Rockaway High School’s first Student Forum. To create a more collaborative feeling at the school, a group of workshops are being held by and for students about issues that involve them. The topics for this year’s event include 1. school spirit/student empowerment, 2. teacher/student relationships, and 3. prejudice and racism. The forum is preceded by a breakfast and the afternoon ends with dinner and a dance.


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