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Interview with Briarcliff 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorians

Daniel de Castro, this year’s Briarcliff High School’s Valedictorian, and Gil Halevi and Michael Tu, the Salutatorians, are three accomplished young men. We caught up with them to find out about the most important thing they have learned during their time at BHS, who their role models are, their secret to balancing it all and what advice they have for incoming BHS freshmen. 

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Briarcliff Theater Director Sends Heartfelt Goodbye Message Before Moving on to Purchase College

Ian Driver, Briarcliff High School’s Theater producer and director will be moving on to a full-time job at Purchase College Performing Arts Center in the fall as the Education and Engagement Director. We spoke with Mr. Driver about his most memorable moments at Briarcliff, why being a part of the theater builds character and his advice to aspiring actors.

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Briarcliff High School Students Learn about Coronavirus from a Very Special Guest

It’s not every day that students at Briarcliff High School – or any school – can learn first-hand from a professional scientist. In a recent virtual Biology B lesson, a Briarcliff High School student emailed teacher Karla Constantinou telling her about a friend of the family who works in the field of biotechnology and immunology. Seizing this unique opportunity, Ms. Constantinou reached out to the scientist and invited her to do a lecture for her class.

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Briarcliff High School Seniors Create Journals in the Time of the Coronavirus

Briarcliff High School English teacher Thomas Kenney has asked his students to keep a journal for each class day of the statewide shutdown. Students are required to write for 10 minutes and are encouraged to handwrite as a way to unplug. When school reopens, the journals will be archived by the school librarian as a sort of time capsule. They will be available for future generations of students and teachers.

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Briarcliff High School Junior Creates Fundraiser to Provide Meals for Hospital Staff

During a typical week, you can find Briarcliff High School junior Emma Wachtel at Westchester Medical Center, volunteering with kids. Since the shutdown, however, she has been practicing social distancing and has been unable to continue with her volunteer work. Still, she wanted to find a way to help. So, she decided to set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to provide meals to the staff working at the hospital, helping battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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