The Aha Moment is a specific moment in our lives that caused us to view the world, ourselves, and our beliefs in a new light. These are moments that cause us to question personal ideologies we’ve had since childhood, gain role models and an appreciation for their philosophies, or develop new aspirations and goals. This can even mean developing a greater understanding of concepts in science or mathematics, or a unique way to interpret something you've learned in your studies.
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Amy TravisAs one of the two IB English HL Year 2 teachers at Clarkstown High School North and faculty advisor for the school's literary magazine, Ms. Travis is dedicated to inspiring creativity and a love for learning in all of her students.
Anton RepnikovAnton is known throughout his hometown and beyond for his breathtaking performances with the glowing poi, powerful Japanese taiko drumming, and impressive aptitude in every academic discipline. He is also a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, which makes him the ideal president-elect for Clarkstown North's 2015-2016 Philosophy Club board.
Aubrey RolandAubrey is a bold speaker who will fearlessly voice his opinion on any issue. He is also a highly motivated student who spent his senior year of high school taking courses at Rockland Community College. Aubrey will continue to make a lasting impact on those around him at Johns Hopkins University this fall.
Augustus FisherAs Co-President of Clarkstown North's Philosophy Club, Augustus Fisher highly values opportunities to express individual opinions and perspectives. In his TED Talk, Augustus shares his personal life philosophy and how it came to be.
Autumn NievesAs a dedicated member of the Junior State of America and participant in the selective New Visions Medical Career program, Autumn is a highly motivated student who is outspoken and passionate about her beliefs.
Heidi BernasconiMrs. Bernasconi is a dedicated biology and marine biology teacher at Clarsktown High School North, and consistently makes an extra effort to extend education beyond the classroom. She implemented the Marine Biology Collection Trip as a central component of the curriculum, brought the 20-Time Project to North, and recently won the LHRIC Pioneer Award for her innovative uses of technology in her classes.
James TlstyAs the vice president of Clarkstown North's Philosophy Club and one of the few students from North's class of 2015 to complete the rigorous IB English program, James is always open to exposing himself to new ideas. He is an avid reader of everything from Vonnegut to Hemingway to Orwell, and will continue to develop his comprehension for literature and analytical thinking at Binghamton University this fall.
Jordan TurnerMr. Turner is the Social Studies Department Chair, AP Government teacher, and Model Congress club adviser at Clarkstown North.
Joseph KimJoe has been producing rants, music videos, vlogs, and more on his YouTube channel "TheKrypticArt" for over three years now. He will be attending Northeastern University this fall, where he will continue to put a smile on the faces of those around him.
Nancy DiamondMrs. Diamond is the art department chair at Clarkstown North and has expanded the program to the school to offer many classes and sequences.
Penelope MaciasBetween teaching 10th grade Global History and Geography, IB History of the Americas, AP European History, and SUPA Psychology, it's hard to believe that Ms. Macias also makes time for being the Clarkstown High School North Philosophy Club co-adviser. Yet she balances it all elegantly and loves every minute of it.
Renu CherianAs the Clarkstown North Academic Team Co-Captain and a dedicated Philosophy Club member, Renu passionately pursues all of her varied intellectual interests. She is never afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to the two issues closest to her heart: feminism and body image.
Shauna BahssinAs the 2014-2015 Editor-in-Chief of Clarkstown High School North's literary magazine, an IB Diploma student, and an active member of North's theater club, Shauna has a deep appreciation for literature and the arts. She will continue to develop her faculty for words and performance at Binghamton University this fall.
Shivani ParikhCo-Secretary of Forethought/Philosophy Club, Student Organizer, Emcee, will attend Cornell University
Ethan JaynesCo-President of Forethought/Philosophy Club, Student Organizer, will attend Washington University in St. Louis
Matthew MarcheseCo-Vice President of Forethought/Philosophy Club, Student Organizer, will attend Lafayette College