May 2015 — Heard Around the Watercooler

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Irvington residents Ronda Billig and Patricia Ryan, along with White Plains resident Sheila Klatzky, were honored by The Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA) at WWA’s Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast on April 21 at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington.  Highlighting “unsung heroes who have made substantial contributions on behalf of women in Westchester County,” Billig, Ryan, and Klatzky were the inaugural recipients of this award.  For more information, visit:


Irvington High School senior Myles Novick has been recognized as a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Competition finalists are eligible for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship, as well as college, corporate and state scholarships.  Students are ranked with a selection index score based on their combined scores in math, critical reading and writing on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


Sleepy Hollow High School’s Interact Club received Optimum Community’s Charity Champion Award at a Rotary luncheon on March 25 at JP Doyle’s Restaurant in Sleepy Hollow.  The Interact Club, which actively participates in community fundraisers including the Rubber Duck Derby hosted at Tarrytown’s Patriot’s Park, was presented with $500 to further its fundraising efforts as well as a $1,000 contribution to The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns.  Sleepy Hollow High School teacher Sarina McGough is the Interact Club’s advisor.


Six Irvington Middle School students competed in the Westchester Regional “You Be the Chemist Challenge,” sponsored by the international chemical company BASF, on March 14:  sixth-grader Henry Demarest; seventh-graders Rishit Gupta, Rishikesh Madabhushi, and Zachary Rosman; and eighth-graders Aayushi Jha and Julia Sabatino.  The students answered a number of challenging chemistry and physics related questions.  At the conclusion of the competition, Demarest, Gupta, Jha, Madabhushi, and Rosman advanced to the statewide challenge on April 25 at the BASF laboratories in Tarrytown.  In June, one student from New York State will be named to the national level competition in Philadelphia.


Sherry Saturno, LCSW, DCSW, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Care Coalition in Tarrytown, was featured as a social work expert in Walecia Konrad’s article, “Dealing with the Dreaded Bereavement Trip,” published in The New York Times on March 12.  Saturno is a national fellowship recipient at New York University Silver School of Social Work specializing in palliative and end of life care, and was awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers for the State of New York and Westchester County.


Irvington High School’s Mock Trial Team advanced to the elimination rounds of the 2015 New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament.  The tournament, organized by the New York Bar Foundation, the New York State Bar Association and the Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program, included 350 high schools from across New York State.  Participants included Dorian Barber, Jared Conwisar, Nick Dinielli, Maxine Ewing, Miles Gilbert, Henry Green, Ryan Havdala, Myles Novick, Ari Pickar, Evan Pickar, Jimmy Russin, Jordan Sahawneh, Jake Scott, and Ben Seltzer.  The Mock Trial Team is coached by social studies teacher Dr. Erik Weiselberg.


Merle Molofsky, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, and a New York State-licensed psychoanalyst, was invited to speak on cancer and psychoanalysis at the American Psychoanalytic Association Meeting at the Waldorf Astoria New York City on January 15.  Molofsky was also a panelist at the Symposium 2015 conference on “Brain, Mind, and Body” at the Mount Sinai Medical Center on March 21.  Her novel, Streets 1970, was published by International Psychoanalytic Books in January 2015, and can be ordered online at


11 Sleepy Hollow High School students took the PhysicsBowl contest, a 45-minute multiple-choice physics test, on April 11 at the Warner Library: freshmen Rebecca DiBlasi, Luke Gebler, Virginia Ruhland-Mauhs, Olivia Rudder, Emma Sylves-Berry, and Ilona Zamdmer; sophomore Dylan Basescu; and juniors Jack Rjeili, Xu Tan, Victoriya Molchanova, and John Welch.  The PhysicsBowl contest is offered in the U.S. and abroad by the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is designed to distinguish the world’s top young physics talent.  Approximately 4,000 students from 250 schools took part worldwide.


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