Five Towns students are succeeding in contests, on stage and in sports


Hewlett-Woodmere students succeeded at the New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 29. The students advance to the national level of the History Day competition. Sophomores Kira Grossman, Ian Isseks and Julia Klayman placed second in the Senior Group Exhibit category for their project entitled “Using Mathematics & Perseverance to Save Lives During World War II: Alan Turing’s Triumphal Contribution and the Tragedy of Intolerance.”

Sophomore Gabby Nakkab took second place in the Senior Individual Exhibit category for her project, “The Iron Horse’s Stampede Through America: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Transcontinental Railroad” and will be competing for the third time in the national competition.

Woodmere Middle School students Michael Heyman and Sydney Honig, both seventh-graders, and sixth-grader Harley Honig captured first place for their Junior Group Performance entitled “Without Hope Life is Not Worth Living: The Harvey Milk Story.” The national round takes places at the University of Maryland from June 9-13.

Jillian Feuerstein, of Hewlett, is a member of the cast and crew of the SUNY New Paltz spring 2019 production of “Life’s Only Valuable Emotion,” presented by the Department of Theatre Arts and New Paltz Players. The production is directed by Gabriella Montanaro, class of 2021, and written by Jillian Feuerstein, class of 2019. Both girls are theatre arts majors with performance concentrations. The opening night performance was on May 3, coupled with a question and answer session.

Hewlett resident Danielle Simon was one of more than 70 students who performed in the “Masters Choreographers” concert at Muhlenberg College. The Muhlenberg dance program showcased seven world-premier works by seven world-class choreographers.

Victor Mintz, from Inwood, was named Men’s Football Most Improved Player by Monroe College in the Bronx what the school called “a strong commitment to athletic and academic excellence,” while playing for the Mustangs.

Tel Aviv University was where Sapir Riskovich, of Hewlett, NY, spent the spring semester as part of the 16 study abroad exchange program hat SUNY Oneonta offers through its Office of International Education.