November 2014 Education Roundup – TARRYTOWN/SLEEPY HOLLOW

Sleepy Hollow High School students Thalia Criollo,  Ashley Pesantez-Quesada, Cristian Yuqui, Jeffrey Asante, Daniel Elia, and Joseph Galasso at the reception  at the Museum of the Moving Image.Seniors Win Third Place in Regional Video Contest Sleepy Hollow students from Participation in Government and Contemporary Issues, 12 Honors, placed third in Con Edison’s Get Out the Vote video contest. The goal of the contest, open to all middle school and high school students in New York City and Westchester County, was for students to create a video message promoting the right and civic duty to vote on Election Day.

At right, Sleepy Hollow High School students Thalia Criollo, Ashley Pesantez-Quesada, Cristian Yuqui, Jeffrey Asante, Daniel Elia, and Joseph Galasso at the reception at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The Sleepy Hollow video featured students in a creative combination of interviews, posters, and human letters spelling out the word VOTE.

Six students – Thalia Criollo, Ashley Pesantez-Quesada, Cristian Yuqui, Jeffrey Asante, Daniel Elia, and Joseph Galasso – then attended the official screening reception held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. The team also earned a $250 Apple Store gift card for placing third.

Author Lizzy Rockwell Visits Morse
Author/illustrator Lizzy Rockwell at Morse school.Author/illustrator Lizzy Rockwell visited students at W. L. Morse on October 21st and 22nd. Ms. Rockwell captivated students as she walked them through the entire process required to get a picture book published. To help the students visualize the process, she showed them rough drafts of her manuscripts, thumbnail sketches, the book dummy, art materials, and original paintings.  She ended each classroom visit by creating a personalized illustration revolving around the students’ suggestions.

Junior Named Honoree and Keynote Speaker for Leukemia Run
Katie Smercak has been named the National Honoree by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at this year’s Nike Half Marathon in San Francisco, a race designed to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Katie has been looking forward and planning for this event ever since she began her battle against Leukemia at age five. The 16-year-old will be the keynote speaker at the inspiration dinner the evening before the race, and she has also been given the honor of being appointed the race starter.

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