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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 12

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parashat Mishpatim and the Power of Jewish Unity

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Model UN

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Library E-books Available for Students at NSHAHS

 

 

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NSHAHS Apparel Website

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NSHAHS Researchers

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Scholastic Writing and Art Competition

 

 

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Exploravision Competition 2017

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February 2017 Student of the Month - Arie Monas

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Art of the Week

 

 

 

 

Parashat Mishpatim and the Power of Jewish Unity

by Leeal Kahen

 

Parashat Mishpatim and the Power of Jewish UnityThis week's parasha, Mishpatim, begins by describing many laws, such as laws pertaining to slaves, personal injury, loans, and property damage. The second part of the parasha speaks about the Jewish people camping at Mount Sinai and their preparations to make the journey to the land of Israel. The Torah states that when the Jews camped at Sinai, they were so unified that they were considered to be like one person. Unity is essential in order to succeed. A group of people with the same objective are unlikely to achieve success if they are at odds with one another. This unity was essential in order for the Jewish people to receive the Torah. Before the Torah could be given, the world had to be purified. The only way the world could become pure was if the Jews worked together as a united group. Whenever a group of people set out to accomplish anything, they must do so with complete unity.

The power of Jewish unity has kept our people together even at times of great difficulty. For example, in the summer of 2014 when three Jewish teens, Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali were kidnapped, the entire Jewish people responded as one nation. They prayed, studied Torah, read chapters of Tehillim, and did everything they could to bring them back. Even though tragedy struck, one message became abundantly clear -- we are all Jews, and we are all in this together. Another example of Jewish unity can be seen in our own school. When one of our students fell ill, the entire student body and faculty came together in the 4K4Kids run in her honor. In addition, several students have taken it upon themselves to read chapters of Tehillim in her honor. We hope that our unity will lead us to achieve great things in this world.

 

 

Model UN

by Bailey Goldschmidt 

 

Model UN

Last week, 10 NSHAHS students along with their coach, Mrs. Goldschmidt, attended a three day Model UN competition organized by Yeshiva University, called YUNMUN (Yeshiva University National Model United Nations). The conference took place in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Students served as delegates representing Saudi Arabia and Germany in the various UN committees. Each delegate was required to do extensive research on the two issues their committee assigned. That research was reflected in position papers, short descriptions of each country's position on a certain issue. Students had to present their positions before their committees and work to build alliances with delegates from other countries in order to create working papers and pass resolutions. Eden Schneck, a sophomore who attended YUNMUN, was a delegate in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She commented that, "We worked hard to create a resolution on the issue of education for Syrian refugees. It was so interesting to hear so many different ideas and to be able to put them together." The team captain, Arielle Rothman, along with the junior captain, Aryeh Hajibay, helped many of the new delegates by answering questions and providing guidance on how to speak during committee sessions. Scott Mayer, the only freshmen who attended YUNMUN this year said that "it was an experience like no other." Mrs. Goldschmidt met with students regularly throughout the semester to help prepare them for the conference. She stated, "I'm extremely proud of the delegates for all of the hard work they put into this. They were very well prepared, presented their positions eloquently, and had many of their resolutions passed in their committees. This was truly an amazing experience for them."

 

 

Library E-books Available for Students at NSHAHS

by Ella Shakin

 

Library E-books Available for Students at NSHAHSE-books are a rapidly growing technology and are becoming available to practically everyone. What is an e-book, you may ask yourself? An e-book is a high tech innovation that incorporates the efficiency of modern day technology into traditional reading methods. E-books are becoming available in a growing number of ways, and they recently became available for all NSHAHS students and faculty! E-books can be downloaded onto devices including iPads, iPhones, Macs, PCs, or Amazon Kindles. You do not even need any space to store them - e-books are easily portable and can all be held on one device. You no longer have to shlep to the bookstore to buy a paperback book; instead you can instantaneously download a book directly to your handheld device. Additionally, e-books do not require cutting down trees - for once we can read books while saving the environment at the same time! Moreover, e-books can be extremely useful academically- searches can be quick and easy, and can be interactive with the user and contain audio, video and animations, which can enhance the user's reading experience. You can read electronic books right now, even if you do not have a handheld e-book reader. There is free electronic book software available for all the popular operating systems. At North Shore, the library has begun using a service called Overdrive to purchase e-books for students and teachers to access. Overdrive works on a Kindle or through an app on your mobile device or computer. You can skim through book selections to find the options best suitable for you. Ranging from Science Fiction and Fantasy to Mystery and Romance, there is something for everyone. Mrs. Adler, North Shore's prestigious and amiable librarian, is very enthusiastic about the new program and says that she is "just beginning to build the collection now, but hopes to add more e-books over time." When the book is due, it disappears from the app, so you do not even have to remember to return it! Students can stop by the library to receive help from Mrs. Adler to download the app and create a login. Mrs. Adler will also accept requests for books to place on Overdrive. Keep reading, and take advantage of the new tool!

 

 

NSHAHS Apparel Website

by Miky Rahmani 

 

NSHAHS Apparel Website

Last week, The NSHAHS yearbook committee of 2017 introduced an apparel website in order to raise money for their yearbook. The website, nshahs-store.com, features a variety of jackets, sweaters, joggers, hats, and t-shirts with the beautiful NSHAHS logo on it. The products come in several sizes and colors to match the style of the students. There are two logos that appear on the apparel. The Shark Logo, drawn by senior Reese Berman, shows a shark with the words "NSHA High School" under it. The other logo says "North Shore" with two lines striking above and below it. That logo was made by another senior, Aaron Shavolian. Both of the logos greatly improve the apparel and help promote the school. According to Joshua Peyser, business manager of the 2017 yearbook, the method of delivering apparel has not yet been finalized. The supplier of the store, MVSPORT, is known for its high-quality customizable clothing. The hope is that the NSHAHS apparel store will always be there to help seniors fund the yearbook. Joshua Peyser also teased that there may be a special "Dress North Shore" day in the future, specifically designated for wearing NSHAHS apparel from the website. Please like NSHAHS apparel on Facebook, and buy clothes from the website nshahs-store.com to support the 2017 yearbook!

 

 

NSHAHS Researchers

by Avi Nessim

 

NSHAHS ResearchersThe Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) is a prestigious science research competition comprised of two divisions: a JV fair and the LISEF division for grades 9 through 12. Students perform research on a variety of topics, from chemistry, physics, and computer science to biology and animal sciences. Students present their findings to judges from local universities, scientific institutions, and professionals in the field. The LISEF competition takes place in two rounds. On February 8, 2017, Round One of LISEF was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The second round of the competition will take place on March 23, 2017. Winners of the second round will advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair, where they will compete for a $75,000 college scholarship.

This year, NSHAHS has two teams attending LISEF. Dr. Lisa Runco, the coordinator of Science Research, is leading the LISEF team, while Mr. Peter Suchmann, the instructor of Science Research, is leading the JV team. When asked how he feels about LISEF, Mr. Suchmann said that he was excited, especially since "this is the first JV team our school has sent."

Dr. Runco's LISEF team included nine students, three of whom are advancing to the second round. Shani Kahan researched "Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Majestic Backlink Exporter." Arielle Rothman's project is entitled "Design of a Functional Assay to Induce Stem Beta Cell-Derived Cell Maturation." Scott Soifer presented "The Heat Free Car - Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System (Second-Generation Prototype)." The JV team includes: Ella Shakin and Davina Soleimani ("Piano Glove Learning Interface"), Ethan Abizadeh and Aaron Abizadeh ("The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Drosophila Melanogaster (Fruit Flies)"), Kayla Lieb and Aryeh Hajibay ("The Effects of BPA on Drosophila Melanogaster"), Ben Pagovich ("A Study Of New Bioplastics Using Invasive Species Plants (Phragmities) As A Source For Starch"), Danielle Ryba ("A Fingerprint Based Attendance System"), and Ben Basaleli ("Boat Flotation Recovery System").

We wish our teams the best of luck!

 

 

Scholastic Writing and Art Competition

by Kayla Kreinik 

 

 Scholastic Writing and Art Competition

This past December, drawing and painting students, fashion students, architecture students, and writing students had the opportunity to submit their work to the Scholastic Writing and Art Competition. The Scholastic Writing and Art Competition is a nation-wide competition in which students create and submit pieces of art or literature that they have been working on to be judged against other students' work. Students were judged based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice.

This year, NSHAHS had ten winning pieces of literature. Joelle Galatan, an eleventh grader, won a gold key award in the literature competition for her poetry, which will be judged at the national level. NSHAHS artists won awards for 24 pieces of artwork, including several gold key winners that are advancing to the national level. Senior Reese Berman received a gold key award in the category of Drawing and Illustration for her artwork "Emotional Extremes." Senior Gabriella Kafash and sophomore Dalia Etessami both won gold key awards in the category of Painting for their pieces "Surreal Jellyfish" and "The Colors of Freedom," respectively. Ariella Apelbaum, an eleventh grader, won a gold key award in the category of Architecture and Industrial Design for her piece entitled "EMP Museum."

Congratulations to all of our talented students who received awards in the Scholastic Writing and Art Competition!

 

 

Exploravision Competition 2017

by Ariella Hajibay

 

Exploravision Competition 2017Students taking the Science Research class with Mr. Suchmann participated in the Toshiba Exploravision competition this year. The competition focuses on real world problems and encourages students to come up with solutions. This year's competition was aimed at preventing bullying, a worldwide epidemic that has been a problem for students of all ages. Each participant in the competition had to design a technology that would prevent bullying in the future.

One of the groups that participated came up with an idea that involves facial recognition. A software will be downloaded to be used with the school security cameras. A facial recognition system will scan the faces of students and determine their moods based on an extensive library of faces made that reveal certain emotions. It will also have a database of each student in order to identify the specific students. If there is an emotion that is determined to be relevant to bullying, it will continue to record the scene for a substantial amount of time and flag or star it for the principal or supervisor. By creating a software that is active all the time, anywhere in school, it creates a virtually bully-free zone.

This competition required students to brainstorm and think outside the box. Students had to put themselves in the shoes of the people that will be living on Earth in 20 years. Who knows how much will change by then? What was our world like 20 years ago? Who knows if bullying will still be a problem in 20 years with the new advanced technology? We hope that these technologies will be successful in preventing bullying in the future.

 

 

February 2017 Student of the Month - Arie Monas

 

 

February 2017 Student of the Month - Arie Monas

Arie Monas has grown up in the North Shore Hebrew Academy family since elementary school, and we could not be more proud of the young man he has become. He enjoys the endless numbers of opportunities North Shore offers, and wow, has he taken full advantage!

He has known from a young age that he wanted to help people and has created experiences for himself to enrich and support his goal. In addition to enjoying his AP Econ and AP Bio (his favorite) courses, Arie has participated in several school-sponsored research programs starting as early as ninth grade, as well as working in a fascinating research program outside of the school.

His first major school research project, entered into the 2016 Toshiba Exploravision Competition, was in his junior year called Optogenetic Controlled Targeted Cancer Drug Delivery and was awarded Honorable Mention. This propelled him to go forward. Arie and two other students, Elior Levy and Shani Kahan, researched online for months looking for alternate cures for cancer that would be without the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. What they found was an animal called the Naked Mole-Rat that does not develop cancer which inspired them to develop their research proposal. The main points of their project submission are to take a biopsy of a tumor and implant it into the Mole-Rat which will develop antibodies to the biopsied cancer cells or antigen. The antibodies would then be injected back into the patient using a hydrogel containing the antibodies and a chemotherapeutic agent that would be attracted only to that specific antigen (cancer cells).

Continuing his research momentum, Arie spent the summer after his junior year at North Shore University Hospital (Northwell Health), as the only high school student working with Dr. John N. Makaryus and his research team of medical Residents and Fellows in the Department of Non-Invasive Cardiology. The goal of the research project was to explore and establish diagnostic accuracy and cost-effectiveness of non-invasive Coronary CT Angiography as a way to manage patients as compared to the standard protocols of serial blood tests, stress testing and the gold-standard of invasive Coronary Angiography. The research has been submitted to a journal for possible publication for which Arie participated in the process by assuring requirement compliance and data results and research. This amazing opportunity for him to combine his interests in science, medicine, and economics as a learning experience of contributing to the advancement of medicine has been extremely fulfilling and stimulating for him.

During the school year, he also volunteers at North Shore Hospital attending to patients' needs and floor supply management. Arie says that giving back to his community by helping others and making a difference in their lives make him feel rewarded and uplifted by creating uplifting moments for others.

In addition to his medical and scientific pursuits, Arie is Captain of the North Shore Tennis Team (his favorite sport in his spare time), President of DECA Business, and a member of the Mock Trial Team. He enjoys art and architecture and has always enjoyed building things. A young man who wants to help others, is passionate, creative, and builds things! Imagine where he will go!

Congratulations Arie!

 

 

Art of the Week

by Gabriella Kafash

 

Art of the WeekThis painting, created by senior Gabriella Kafash, is entitled "Surreal Jellyfish" and received a gold key in the Scholastic Art Competition.

 

 

Editor-in-Chief: Arielle Rothman
Assistant Editors: Lia Berger, Shani Kahan, Yaakov Spraragen
Social Media: Alana Pearl
Writing Staff: Yair Atlas, Ben Baruch, Dalia Etessami, Anna Glasman, Sophie Goldman, Aryeh Hajibay, Ariella Hajibay, Shani Hashemi, Alexandra Iskhakov, Elan Itschakov, Leeal Kahen, Shaina Lavi, Stacy Okin, Ben Pagovich, Alana Pearl, Josh Peyser, Arielle Sarraf, Yaakov Spraragen, Ian Terzi, Caylie Tuerack
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky