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Great Neck schools' television station wins four national awards

Great Neck Public Schools Television won four awards

Great Neck Public Schools Television won four awards this summer at the Alliance for Community Media's 2018 Hometown Media Awards. Members of GNPS/TV's crew pose for a photo with Robert Zahn, holding his son Zachary Zahn, far left, the district's educational TV and broadcast media director. Credit: Anna Zahn

Great Neck Public Schools’ television station has won four awards — including the highest award for an educational channel — in a national competition that honors community media and local cable programs.

The station, also known as GNPS/TV, received the awards this summer at the Alliance for Community Media’s 2018 Hometown Media Awards in Baltimore. There were more than 1,000 entries. GNPS/TV’s awards included Overall Excellence in Educational Access Award, which was the competition’s highest honor, and three student division awards.

The latter three awards were for specific content — including a news-style piece about the district’s Thank-a-Veteran Program in the educational activities category, a broadcast of Great Neck South High School’s Cultural Heritage Night in the local performances category, and a student production titled “Just Film Things” in the original drama/comedy category.

The student division awards require that the overall direction, production and all technical tasks be performed by pupils. Entries were evaluated on factors including budget, experience and subject.

“There are a lot of kids who find a home with their interest in filmmaking, TV and media,” said the district’s educational TV and broadcast media director, Robert Zahn. “These awards are validation of the students’ great work.”

GNPS/TV, which started in the 1950s, involves about 175 students covering district events and activities. Programs are available on the district’s website as well as on Optimum’s channel 75 and Verizon FIOS’ channel 32 within the Village of Great Neck.

The television station also won four awards, including the Overall Excellence in Educational Access Award, in 2016.


New principal

John Stella has been appointed principal of Washington Street Elementary School. He replaced Valerie Mazzone, who retired.

Stella was the school’s assistant principal for 12 years; before that, he taught third and sixth grades in the district.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on many of the successful traditions already established at Washington Street School, as well as creating many new traditions in the years to come,” Stella said. “I’m excited for the challenges that lay ahead in the new role, and I‘m confident that this school year will be productive and meaningful for all of the students.”


New principal

Hillary Bromberg has been named principal of Camp Avenue Elementary School. She replaced Ronald Reinken, who retired.

Bromberg was previously principal of Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School in Islip Terrace. She also has been an assistant principal at William T. Rogers Middle School and at Fort Salonga and Park View elementary schools — all in the Kings Park School District.

“I look forward to working as a team with the North Merrick community and staff to provide children with the best possible education in the globally competitive environment of the 21st century,” Bromberg said.


Bus-safety poster contest

Four Long Island students have been named first-place winners in various divisions of the 2018 New York School Bus Safety Poster Contest, coordinated by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in conjunction with the Cyr Foundation. Winners received $100 checks and have advanced to the contest’s national level.

The winners and their school districts were: Joshua Marino, Farmingdale, Division 1 (grades K-2); Hunter Koeppen, Longwood, Division 2 (grades 3-5); Rachel Sirico, Farmingdale, Division 3 (grades 6-8); Dennis Benitez, Nassau BOCES, Division 4 (special education).

Entries were required to illustrate this year’s theme, “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation.” Judging criteria included originality, execution and visual impact.


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