After several laborious months of brainstorming ideas, writing poems, and peer editing, the Poetry Club submitted their work to Adelphi University for the 2017 Poetry Day event. On Wednesday, April 19th, we began our long-anticipated journey to the college campus and then patiently waited for our assigned workshops; these workshops were instructed by experienced professors who specialized in poetry. This granted an opportunity for us to interact with other poets and to empathize with their views on aspects of life. What followed was everyone’s favorite: the Poetry Slam. These aforementioned poets lined up to present their personal works in front of everyone; they illustrated experiences of infatuation, perdition, or transcendence. Furthermore, everyone sat and listened to the keynote address by Joseph O. Legaspi. He gave the audience a peak of his life as a poet by talking about his family, culture, and heritage. Near the end, awards of citation and excellence were given to many schools who submitted their prose. Although our students did not receive any awards, they sent out their diligent work and felt proud. Thank you, Sukanya S, Nihal C, Idalis W, Cynthia S, Merve A, and Melis G for participating and working efficiently in the club.
A time of celebration and joy! After many hardships, Brooklyn Amity’s Science Olympiad team advanced to the State Championship in Syracuse, New York. Until spring break, students furthered themselves by studying ‘till late hours, and sacrificing their Saturdays and Sundays. Then finally, on Friday, April 7th, they took way to the competition with every student and faculty’s support. There, among the 39 best teams, our students were able to get 1st place in Mystery Design, 3rd place in Bottle Rocket, 5th place in Write it Do it, and finally 6th place in Anatomy. These wonderful news brought smiles to our faces, and students were able to enter their weeklong break feeling great! We hope they continue to advance and win many more trophies!
Throughout the year, the girls of Young Peace Builders were able to break the “wall” between Judaism and Islam by volunteering, engaging in dialogue, and hosting events. For the sake of spring break, a special organization for the club was necessary. How about taking a trip to one of the most historic and significant cities in the country? From April 14th, to April 16th, a group from Kings Bay Y and the girls from our school went to Washington D.C. to relax and have fun. During the trip, the team explored the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments by riding bikes, visited several museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Air and Space Museum, and admired the sight of Washington’s beautiful buildings. The girls also visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where they learned more about the Holocaust, its survivors and toured Daniels Room, an exhibition for children. Overall, the trip gave the girls a chance to know each other more, take a break from the exhausting school life, and learn more about the two distinctive cultures. We hope our next destination will be Israel, or Turkey, where the traditions of each culture can be understood furthermore!