The team -- Jack Zhou, Ariel Yang, Harrison Li, Eidan Jacob and Daniil Lukin -- were victors over teams from 20 Long Island high schools, grabbing first place last month at the 2011-12 Regional Science Bowl, a "Jeopardy"-style competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
"It went right down to the last question," said team coach Bob Spira, a physics teacher at Ward Melville. "Our team had good synergy. They are very bright kids and love science."
The competition consisted of a four-division round-robin format in the morning, in topics from astronomy to physics to biology, Spira said. Division winners then faced off in a double-elimination series in the afternoon. Ward Melville -- which had an 8-1 record -- ultimately beat Great Neck South on the final questions by a score of 80-74.
"I was so into the game that I didn't even realize we had won at the end," said Zhou, the team's captain. "We're really proud, because this win is a product of our hard work."
The Ward Melville team received a $500 prize as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., on April 26-30.
BOHEMIA$10,000 for Habitat
Connetquot High School's Habitat for Humanity Club presented a $10,000 check to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk last month that was raised during the Santa 5K Fun Run held at the school in December. The event attracted 400 registered runners, 100 volunteers and more than 60 sponsors.
In other news, the Connetquot school district's Arthur Premm Alternative Pre-School recently collected several hundred coats, gloves and sweaters with the help of Cherokee Street Elementary School's Student Council to benefit the nonprofit Every Child's Dream Foundation.
ROCKY POINTTaking stock of finance
A team of fifth-graders from Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School -- Dylan Maray, Emily Sirico and Nadine Smith -- recently won first place among 67 Long Island schools in the regional elementary level division of the Stock Market Game. The online simulation gives kids a chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 amount in a fictional financial portfolio.
The three students earned more than $6,000 in total "profit" over the course of the 10-week game by investing in stocks of Pier 1 Imports, Google, American Eagle and Best Buy. The game was sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
COUNTYWIDEThe art of winning
Commack High School students swept the top six spots last month in the Fourth Annual High School Art Competition coordinated by Suffolk County Community College's Department of Arts and Humanities. The college received 66 submissions of artwork -- ranging from painting to sculpture to mixed media -- from 47 students in Suffolk County.
Andrea Kang, Danielle Pilosof and Nina Peskanov placed first, second and third, respectively. Honorable mentions went to Ji Min Lee, Rachel Dobiecki and Jessica Lindeman. All the students are from Commack.
"The competition is a truly authentic experience for young artists . . . to share their artwork in a professional setting," said Paul Infante, Commack's director of fine and applied arts.
ISLANDWIDEChinese New Year
Pasadena Elementary School in Plainview and John F. Kennedy Intermediate School in Deer Park held dragon parades during which students waved colorful streamers to a passing "dragon" in the school hallway. All children received red envelopes containing play money or a "lucky penny" -- a Chinese custom for good luck.
In Levittown, Northside Elementary School students made dragon faces with tissue paper.