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Henry Cheung, 17, a senior at Seaford High

Henry Cheung, 17, a senior at Seaford High School, is one of 13 Long Island high school students selected to participate in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s “Partners for the Future” program. He and the other teenagers will work 10 hours a week, with scientists as mentors, investigating the role of fibrillar collagen in the progression of pancreatic cancer.

Way to Go kids

A look at Long Island kids who have been featured in Newsday's Way to Go feature in LI Life.

Kate Fahy, 17, a senior at Massapequa High
(Credit: Massapequa School District)

Kate Fahy, 17, a senior at Massapequa High School, recently worked to improve the lives of families in a small village in Costa Rica through a community service effort that included students from around the globe.

Nicole Zito, 17, a senior at Hauppauge High
(Credit: Zito family)

Nicole Zito, 17, a senior at Hauppauge High School, awarded first place among about 40 entries in the Smithtown Historical Society's Mildred E. Smith Historical Scholarship Contest.

Emily Blumberg, 13, an eighth-grader at The Wheatley
(Credit: Blumberg family)

Emily Blumberg, 13, an eighth-grader at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, led a 45-person team of family and friends that raised more than $10,000 as part of the 2015 AHRC Walk at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The "Noah's Smiles" team was named after her 10-year-old brother who has autism and attends Brookville Center for Children's Services.

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Peter Mainetti, 13, a freshman at Northport High
(Credit: Northport High School)

Peter Mainetti, 13, a freshman at Northport High School, had his original composition "Battle of the Strings" played by student musicians at the National Association for Music Education's All-National Honors Ensemble Festival in Nashville on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

Samantha Hernandez, 16, a junior at Sanford H.
(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick School District)

Samantha Hernandez, 16, a junior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, was honored recently as one of "40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars" by the Hispanic Coalition of New York for having a positive impact in the community.

Ariana DeMattei, 14, a sophomore at Westhampton Beach
(Credit: DeMattei family)

Ariana DeMattei, 14, a sophomore at Westhampton Beach High School, has earned a 2015 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Long Island Chapter in recognition of her "exceptional accomplishments" through volunteerism and philanthropic activities, the organization said. She will be honored during a luncheon at the Huntington Hilton on Nov. 13.

Grant Goodman, a sophomore at North Shore High
(Credit: North Shore School District)

Grant Goodman, a sophomore at North Shore High School in Glen Head, for LI Life's Way to Go section

Bryant Liu, 13, a freshman at Rocky Point
(Credit: Rocky Point School District)

Bryant Liu, 13, a freshman at Rocky Point High School, was one of 30 national finalists to compete this month in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS, a science competition for students in grades six through eight coordinated by the Society for Science & the Public. For being a finalist, he was awarded $500.

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Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street
(Credit: Lynbrook School District)

Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street School in Lynbrook, won first place in a New York State PTA logo design contest for its "Pick a Reading Partner" program.

Dante Sasso, 11, a sixth-grader at Amagansett School,
(Credit: SNY)

Dante Sasso, 11, a sixth-grader at Amagansett School, showed off his baseball knowledge when he called a half-inning during a Mets game on SportsNet New York (SNY) in August.

Thomas Kenna, 17, a senior at Floral Park
(Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District)

Thomas Kenna, 17, a senior at Floral Park Memorial High School, was among select groups representing the United States in Model United Nations delegations to China and India, taking part in simulations of diplomacy and debates.

Skylah McBean-Adams, 17, a senior at Walter G.
(Credit: Copiague School District)

Skylah McBean-Adams, 17, a senior at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School, was among about 60 female students participating in a political leadership program at Georgetown University this past summer.

Abrar Nadroo, 17, a senior at Syosset High
(Credit: Syosset Central School District)

Abrar Nadroo, 17, a senior at Syosset High School, was one of three students to receive the 2015 Ezra Levy High School Science Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's New York Chapter.

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Margaret McKeever, 15, a freshman at North Babylon
(Credit: North Babylon School District)

Margaret McKeever, 15, a freshman at North Babylon High School, attended a Youth Leadership Program hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, a nonprofit law enforcement training agency. The program was held June 13-20 in Quantico, Virginia.

Tatiana Leftenant, 12, a seventh-grader at Copiague Middle
(Credit: Tamara Fleming)

Tatiana Leftenant, 12, a seventh-grader at Copiague Middle School, was named "Teenpreneur of the Year" at the 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Summit in Atlanta in May for her business Sheascents LLC, which sells more than 30 scents of shea butter as well as other products.

Courtney Connors, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
(Credit: Manhasset Union Free School District)

Courtney Connors, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, helped coordinate a tennis clinic for underprivileged children last summer. She secured donations of 200 tennis balls from the U.S. Tennis Association and tennis clothing from adidas, and collected 20 gently used tennis rackets from local residents.

Ralph Sepe, 17, a senior at H. Frank
(Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District)

Ralph Sepe, 17, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, won the Emerging Filmmaker Award for "The High," his 37-minute short film about a teen who becomes a drug dealer. It has received about 11,000 views on Sepe's YouTube channel.

Krista Cusimano, 11, a fifth-grader at William Floyd
(Credit: William Floyd School District)

Krista Cusimano, 11, a fifth-grader at William Floyd Elementary School in Shirley, raised about $3,200 for Alzheimer's through a special spelling test taken by 765 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's disease Resource Center in Bay Shore.

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Irene Kowalski, 17, a junior at Sanford H.
(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick School District)

Irene Kowalski, 17, a junior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, has been elected president of the New York State Chapter of DECA the Distributive Education Clubs of America. She will oversee more than 120 high school chapters in New York.

Sage Chasen, 18, a senior at West Babylon
(Credit: West Babylon School District)

Sage Chasen, 18, a senior at West Babylon High School, is founder of Performers Opposing Pollution, an a cappella group that has performed at local nursing homes and participated in beach cleanups during the past two years.

Rhea Manjrekar, 16, a sophomore at Hicksville High
(Credit: Hicksville School District)

Rhea Manjrekar, 16, a sophomore at Hicksville High School, and several peers raised about $12,000 over the past year through a variety of fundraisers to benefit a local chapter of the nonprofit Children's Hope India that they started.

Savannah Legg, 18, a senior at Longwood High
(Credit: Longwood School District)

Savannah Legg, 18, a senior at Longwood High School in Middle Island, received the annual Fred Breithut Regional MVP Award from the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island. The award was given to one student among those on 51 teams in the 2015 Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Beatrice Brown, 18, a senior at John F.
(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District)

Beatrice Brown, 18, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, is receiving the prestigious Young Naturalist Award for her research on forecasting hurricanes. She is among 12 winners nationwide of the award sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the Alcoa Foundation.

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Faith McCombs, 14, an eighth-grader at Copiague Middle
(Credit: Copiague School District)

Faith McCombs, 14, an eighth-grader at Copiague Middle School, is one of 20 local students selected by Stony Brook University to attend the 28th Annual Youth Academy "Counseling & Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective" leadership conference in New Orleans.

Joey Nepravishta, left, a junior at Division Avenue
(Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Joey Nepravishta, left, a junior at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, and Michael Skolnick, a senior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, placed first and second, respectively, in Brookhaven National Laboratory's 2015 Model Bridge Building Contest.

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
(Credit: U.S. Tennis Association)

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, has captained the collection of more than 300 tennis rackets since the 2013-14 school year, when he launched the Long Island chapter of Kids Serving Kids. The nonprofit recycles rackets for youths in need.

Cassidy Greco, 18, a senior at Bellport High
(Credit: Greco family)

Cassidy Greco, 18, a senior at Bellport High School, coordinated a prom dress boutique this month that featured more than 150 gently used dresses, donated by the community. She also gathered donations of women’s shoes, jewelry and handbags.

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
(Credit: U.S. Tennis Association)

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, has captained the collection of more than 300 tennis rackets since the 2013-14 school year, when he launched the Long Island chapter of Kids Serving Kids. The nonprofit recycles rackets for youths in need.

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Matthew Hartmann, a second-grader at Abbey Lane Elementary
(Credit: Levittown School District)

Matthew Hartmann, a second-grader at Abbey Lane Elementary School in Levittown, raised $1,125 by asking friends and family to donate money in lieu of gifts to benefit the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation in Atlantic Beach. He learned about the foundation after his mother, Maria, ran in its annual 5K AIDS/Cancer Run/Walk last June.

Giovana Improta, a fifth-grader at Joseph A. Edgar
(Credit: Rocky Point School District)

Giovana Improta, a fifth-grader at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in Rocky Point, was named the state winner for her grade level in the 2014-15 New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.

Brandon Boyle, 18, a North Babylon High School
(Credit: Western Suffolk BOCES)

Brandon Boyle, 18, a North Babylon High School senior who studies architectural design at Western Suffolk BOCES’ Wilson Technological Center in Dix Hills, won a national contest that challenged teens to design a walkway entrance to SkillsUSA’s National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

Richard Watson, 10, a fourth-grader at Bayville Intermediate
(Credit: Locust Valley Central School District)

Richard Watson, 10, a fourth-grader at Bayville Intermediate School, has raised $6,000 since 2012 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to benefit childhood cancer research.

Jaime Marvin, 17, a senior at Wellington C.
(Credit: Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District)

Jaime Marvin, 17, a senior at Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, won first place at the regional level of Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide competition that encourages youths to learn about the art form and to master public speaking through memorization and recitation.

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Sydney Sheren, 14, a freshman at Westhampton Beach
(Credit: Westhampton Beach School District)

Sydney Sheren, 14, a freshman at Westhampton Beach High School, was the youngest of three keynote student speakers at Suffolk ASSET’s 17th Annual Technology Conference, held last month in Melville. ASSET is an acronym for Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology.

Augie Cavallaro, 17, a senior at Carle Place
(Credit: Carle Place School District)

Augie Cavallaro, 17, a senior at Carle Place High School, has raised more than $18,000 for various charities during the past four years by participating in his school's annual "Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause" event.

Nick Giambrone, 18, a senior at Lindenhurst High
(Credit: Lindenhurst High School)

Nick Giambrone, 18, a senior at Lindenhurst High School, placed third in the 7th Annual America's Best High School Chef competition, sponsored by Monroe College in New Rochelle. He was awarded a $36,000 scholarship to attend Monroe and the opportunity to study for a semester in Italy.

Parker Wiesner, 9, a fourth-grader at Landing Elementary
(Credit: Glen Cove School District)

Parker Wiesner, 9, a fourth-grader at Landing Elementary School, was runner-up in the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish Contest during last month's 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in Manhattan.

Jaclyn Kanaley, a seventh-grader at Sayville Middle School,
(Credit: Kanaley family)

Jaclyn Kanaley, a seventh-grader at Sayville Middle School, and her brother Tim received the 2015 Sea of Love Award from the Miracle League of Long Island, a baseball league that strives to help children with special needs develop social skills and increase self-esteem.

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Tim Kanaley, 14, an eighth-grader at Sayville Middle
(Credit: Kanaley family)

Tim Kanaley, 14, an eighth-grader at Sayville Middle School, and his sister Jacklyn received the 2015 Sea of Love Award from the Miracle League of Long Island, a baseball league that strives to help children with special needs develop social skills and increase self-esteem.

Annalisa Welinder, 14, an eighth-grater at Port Jefferson
(Credit: Port Jefferson School District)

Annalisa Welinder, 14, an eighth-grater at Port Jefferson Middle School, took the top spot last month in the 2015 Annual Young Performers Competition of the Island Symphony Orchestra, a Long Island-based nonprofit volunteer orchestra.

Bailey Gribben, 17, a senior at Division Avenue
(Credit: Matt Gillis)

Bailey Gribben, 17, a senior at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, has coordinated 15 fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to those affected by neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder disturbs cell growth in the nervous system and causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Gribben was diagnosed with it when he was in the fifth grade.

Sanskriti Bimal, 16, a junior at Mineola High
(Credit: Mineola Union Free School District)

Sanskriti Bimal, 16, a junior at Mineola High School, has been promoting the need to educate girls by writing, speaking and organizing events through her position as a youth ambassador for the Long Island Volunteer Center in Hempstead.

Isabelle Scott, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville
(Credit: Three Village Central School District)

Isabelle Scott, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, has published a book of about 100 poems that she wrote between third and eighth grades titled “Isabelle’s Muse: Poems of a Grade School Scholar.”

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Jillian Miller, a sixth-grader at Harry B. Thompson
(Credit: Miller family)

Jillian Miller, a sixth-grader at Harry B. Thompson Middle School, got an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington last month to perform the dance she submitted last school year to the 2014 National PTA Reflections program.

Rachel Rock, 17, a senior at Smithtown High
(Credit: Rock family )

Rachel Rock, 17, a senior at Smithtown High School West, earlier this month held the abdominal plank position for two hours, 13 minutes and five seconds. School officials said Guinness World Records will review the recorded footage to confirm the record-setting time.

Kara Patrovic, a junior at Miller Place High
(Credit: Miller Place School District)

Kara Patrovic, a junior at Miller Place High School, is helping to bring clean drinking water to a Bolivian village after hosting more than a dozen fundraisers to cover the cost of a $25,000 well installation.

Shannon Gaghan, a junior at Farmingdale High School,
(Credit: Farmingdale School District)

Shannon Gaghan, a junior at Farmingdale High School, rallied her peers to run a collective 1,381,074 yards during the month of January to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Lea Jaffe, a sophomore at Long Beach High
(Credit: Long Beach City School District)

Lea Jaffe, a sophomore at Long Beach High School, was runner-up in the "Cell" Yourself Friday contest coordinated by Professional Women Photographers, a New York-based nonprofit professional support organization.

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Anne Ambrosio, 17, a home-schooled senior who also
(Credit: Deer Park School District)

Anne Ambrosio, 17, a home-schooled senior who also takes Advanced Placement classes at Deer Park High School, was one of five third-place winners internationally in an essay contest open to high school seniors and administered by the Ayn Rand Institute. For winning, she received a $1,000 college scholarship.

Domenico Pietromonaco, above, and Jay Shah, seniors at
(Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District)

Domenico Pietromonaco, above, and Jay Shah, seniors at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, have been named to the all-American Model United Nations Team participating at the Yale Model United Nations Korea Conference in South Korea May 22-24.

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