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Class of 2024—Barstow, Scott Moss, Gleitsman & Taney Awards

Each year, John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School and William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School announce the winners of significant graduation awards. The Barstow Awards are presented to graduating seniors at both high schools. The Scott Moss Award is presented at South High, while the Gleitsman and Taney Awards are presented at North High. A look at these awards, and their recipients, follows.

Barstow Awards

The coveted Frederic Duclos Barstow Award was established in 1962 by Françoise and William Barstow in memory of their only son who died of pneumonia at age 35. The Barstows were prominent Great Neck residents after whom Barstow Road is named. The Barstow Award is given annually to students at each high school. Recipients of must be in the top 10 percent of their class and be “outstanding in leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and service.” Each recipient receives a monetary prize.

North High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian are traditionally their school’s Barstow Award winners. Information about Valedictorian Zachary Hyman and Salutatorian Jonathan Sanders is featured in an article about the Class of 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.

South High’s Barstow Award winners are Dana Li and Nicholas Yeung.

Dana LiDana Li is a National Merit Scholarship Winner, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a National Latin Exam Gold Medalist. She served as vice president of DECA, secretary of the Asian Culture Club, a tutor for Academic Outreach, and a member of the Chinese Yo-Yo Club and the Science Research Program. A varsity athlete, Dana was captain of the South High Girls Varsity Fencing and Varsity Soccer teams. She also worked as a soccer referee and volunteered at North Shore University Hospital.

Nicolas YeungNicholas Yeung is a National Merit Commended Student and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He was a member of the school’s Social Service Club and the Students Putting an End to Cancer (SPEC) Club. He led classes of elementary-age students as a camp teacher at the Long Island Tutoring Academy and offered academic support for high school students as a tutor at Tutor Tree.

Scott Moss Memorial Award

The Scott Moss Award was established in 1977, in memory of Scott, who was an outstanding South High student until his death from cancer. The award is given to the graduating senior who exemplifies the “service, concern, interest, and ability of Scott Moss.” The recipient of the Scott D. Moss Memorial Award, given at South High School, is Alexis Dorf.

Alexis DorfAlexis Dorf is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Southerner; a board member for the Sough High School Key Club as well as Lieutenant Governor of District 4 of the New York Key Club; a member of the Class Planning Committee; a board member for Midnight Run club; a tutor for Academic Outreach; a peer mentor through the elementary buddy program; and captain of the South High Girls Varsity Softball Team. Alexis was a board member for Theatre South, troupe captain for the Hot Lunch Improv Troupe, and performed in many school productions. For her contributions to the stage, she was inducted to the National Thespian Honor Society, served as a New York State Thespian Officer for three years, and was a finalist in the Broadway Education Alliance (BEA) Roger Rees Awards.  

Gleitsman Award

Zachary HymanThe late Alan Gleitsman, a 1947 graduate of then Great Neck High School, established the Alan L. Gleitsman Outstanding Graduate Award in 1988 to be given annually to a North High School graduating senior. Gleitsman winners must place within the top 10 percent of their graduating class, uphold a high level of quality involvement in student activities, be dedicated to the school and the well-being of fellow students, and have a commitment to pursue further education on the college level. Zachary Hyman is the winner of the 2024 Gleitsman Award. Zachary, who is also the North High Valedictorian, is featured in a press release about the Class of 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.

Taney Memorial Award

Genelle B. Taney was a 2003 North High graduate who died at age 19, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Genelle was the 2003 Gleitsman Award recipient and is remembered for her “unsurpassed love of knowledge, a dedication to the arts, a passion for athletics, and an endless commitment to the betterment of her school and her fellow classmates.” The Taney Award recipient should possess a combination of these qualities. The Award is based solely on merit. One quarter of the Award must be contributed by the recipient to a charity of his/her choice, subject to the approval of the Award trustees. The Award was established in Genelle’s memory in 2006. Dylan Yaghoutiel is the winner of the 2024 Taney Award.

Dylan YaghoutielDylan Yaghoutiel served as co-president of the Investment Management Club, secretary of the Entrepreneurship Club, a Peer Leader, a Peer Tutor, and a member of the Real Estate club. He was also a three-sport athlete, competing with the Varsity Track and Field, Varsity Cross-County, and Varsity Bowling teams. For his athletic leadership, Dylan was selected as a recipient of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) Outstanding Physical Education Award. He was also honored as the recipient of the Nassau County Comptroller’s Award for Math, Accounting, and Finance.