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Nassau: Great Neck's winning green video

Great Neck North’s Joseph Bichoupan, Claudia Hakimian and

Great Neck North’s Joseph Bichoupan, Claudia Hakimian and Zachary Han hold up first-place checks won in a nationwide “green” video contest held by Enviro-Solutions, makers of green cleaning products.

A Great Neck middle school team's video about saving electricity has put them in a national spotlight.

Joseph Bichoupan, Claudia Hakimian and Zachary Han of Great Neck North Middle School won first place nationwide last month in the "Going Enviral" Greener School Video Challenge 2012, coordinated by Enviro-Solutions, a company that manufactures environmentally safe cleaning products.

Their video, titled "Period 4 Lights Out," encouraged students to save electricity and make schools more sustainable by explaining the impact of turning off lights in classrooms for just one school period. They completed the video as eighth-graders in the 2011-12 school year.

"They had a great idea and created an excellent video," said Great Neck North computer teacher Liz Gallo, who worked with the team. "The students thought of the idea, wrote the script, planned, acted, videotaped and edited it. It was a great video contest for the students to learn the basics of creating a movie and to learn about going green."

Video submissions were posted on Enviro-Solutions' Facebook page, and visitors were asked over the summer to vote on the ones they most enjoyed. A group of in-house judges at Enviro-Solutions also voted on the videos and made the final selection, the company said.

The team won $500 as well as $500 worth of green cleaning products for their school.

"We were so impressed with the videos," said Jen Meek, Enviro-Solutions' manager of customer service and marketing. "It was obvious that many of these students are very green-focused, which is impressive."


New principals

Freeport Union Free School District has appointed two new principals: Linda Carter at Freeport High School and Connie Velez at Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School.

Carter previously served as Atkinson's principal and is replacing Ernest Kight, who retired, at the high school level. She also previously served as principal of W. Tresper Clarke Middle School in East Meadow. Velez previously was assistant principal of Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School.



New principal

Christopher Zublionis has been named principal of Sea Cliff Elementary School. He replaces Adam Frankel, who now is principal of Hawkins Path Elementary School in Selden.

Zublionis previously served as North Shore Central School District's K-12 director of social studies. He also worked as a social studies teacher in the West Babylon and Syosset districts.

"This community is like no other," Zublionis said in a statement. "Its unique nature allows our teachers and students to accomplish truly great feats, connect the school and the community, and develop students' inventive spirits. I hope to work closely with each and every student and take personal investment in their success."


New playgrounds

Several Nassau County schools recently unveiled playgrounds that were made possible through fundraising efforts, grants or donations from local individuals and organizations.

In Glen Head, Landing Elementary School's new playground was funded through a $50,000 grant secured by then-Legis. Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) and zumba fundraisers coordinated by school monitor Laurie Maher. Additional funds were raised by offering the community a chance to pledge money for engraved walkway bricks, along with other fundraisers.

In Seaford, Harbor Elementary School installed a new playground using a $38,000 grant from Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation, $15,000 from the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and $5,000 through an educational rewards program from Target, among other amounts.

In Locust Valley, Friends Academy installed two new playgrounds that school officials credited to the "generosity of the school's parent council and the community's spirit."



World Food Day

Stop World Hunger Inc. in Amityville, in conjunction with the Mobilized Interfaith Coalition Against Hunger (MICAH), recently announced that they are accepting entries for the 25th annual World Food Day Essay Contest in recognition of World Food Day, which was Oct. 16.

This year's essay topic is: "What is the best way to prevent world hunger?"

Submissions are judged based on creativity, sensitivity, practicality, clarity, conciseness and neatness, Stop World Hunger said. Divisions are: grades 1-3, 50 words; grades 4-6, 100 words; grades 7-8, 150 words; grades 9-12, 200 words. First-place winners earn $100 savings bonds.

Entries should be sent to Stop World Hunger, 53 Elm Pl., Amityville, NY 11701. The deadline is Nov. 7.

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