Twenty-three students with top projects at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair are advancing to the international level in May.

More than 500 teenagers from 74 high schools submitted 417 individual and team projects during the fair’s first round in February, and 123 projects advanced to the second round last month. Both rounds were held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

First-place finalists in various categories go on to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, being held May 14-19 in Los Angeles. That competition, which is administered by the Society for Science & the Public in Washington, D.C., brings together some 1,700 students from 75 countries to vie for about $4 million in prizes.

Those selected to advance and their high schools are: Abbigayle Cuomo, Raphael Iskra and Charity Russell, Commack; Anton Wu, Half Hollow Hills East; Anjali Maheshwari and Gilbert Spencer, Half Hollow Hills West; Rachel Sacks and Gila Schein, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway; Marc Huo, Michael Lai, Archana Verma and Kendra Zhang, Jericho; Raymond Huffman, Manhasset; Scott Soifer, North Shore Hebrew Academy; Talia Blum, Plainview-Old Bethpage; Anuj Gupta and Chloe Levin, Roslyn; and Mohamed El-Abtah, Rahul Chaudhry, Sahil Chaudhry, Rushabh Mehta, Dahyun Park and Jordan Sanford, Syosset.

EAST SETAUKET

Bridge-building winner

Ward Melville High School junior Andrew Zhang won first place in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 2017 Model Bridge Contest last month.

Students from 17 local high schools constructed about 200 model bridges intended to be “simplified versions of real-world bridges,” a lab official said.

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Justin Wallace and Ryan King, both of Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, took second place and third place, respectively. Michael McKee of Smithtown High School East won the Aesthetic Award for best-looking bridge.

Zhang’s winning bridge weighed 17.83 grams with an efficiency of 1048.9. Efficiency was calculated using a bridge’s weight and the weight it held before breaking or bending more than 1 inch.

COUNTYWIDE

Best music communities

Twenty-three Suffolk County school districts are among 527 nationwide named this year’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The designation recognizes efforts to ensure that learning about music is part of the school curriculum.

Selected districts were Amityville, Bay Shore, Bayport-Blue Point, Comsewogue, Commack, Connetquot, Deer Park, East Hampton, Eastport-South Manor, Fishers Island, Half Hollow Hills, Huntington, Islip, Lindenhurst, Longwood, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue-Medford, Port Jefferson, Sayville, South Country, Southampton and William Floyd.

In addition, three Suffolk schools — Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead, William T. Rogers Middle School in Kings Park and Woodhull School in Ocean Beach — were among 92 nationwide to receive the SupportMusic Merit Award for a commitment to music education.

ISLANDWIDE

Medical Marvels

More than 200 students from 28 Long Island school districts participated last month in the fifth annual Medical Marvels Competition, coordinated by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health Center for Workforce Readiness.

This year’s competition challenged teams to present a comprehensive plan to address hypothetical water contamination at a low-income school district.

A team from Newfield High School in Selden won first place and a $1,800 prize. Second place and $1,000 went to a team from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, and third place and $500 went to a team from New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

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Presentation Awards valued at $300 were issued to teams from Jericho High School, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School and Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington.