A Jericho High School team proved to be the area's best when it comes to ethics.
The four-student team -- Ken Aizawa, Anuhita Basavaraju, Jasdeep Kaur and Ben Kronengold -- took first place in the 2014 Long Island Ethics Bowl, winning out among 26 local teams. The competition was held last month at Hofstra University
Teams were judged on the quality of their contributions to a civil discussion on a given moral dilemma, such as the legalization of marijuana and physician-assisted suicide.
A team from The Stony Brook School took second place, while third place was shared by a second team from Jericho and a team from the Collegiate School in Manhattan. Teams from Bethpage High School and Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset won the "Spirit of the Ethics Bowl" award.
"I am so proud of both teams that competed," Jericho coach Mary Moran said. "My favorite part of the day was to watch them compete against each other in the semifinals -- they were all exceptional."
Stony Brook coach Sean Riley also praised his team: "My students worked very hard, delivered eloquent and compelling arguments, and demonstrated the charity and civility the Ethics Bowl is so laudably striving to promote."
Jericho's top team will compete next month in the National Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The local bowl was sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation in East Northport.
LI Psychology Fair
Roslyn High School students recently won "best in category" in three of the six categories at the 2013-14 Long Island High School Psychology Fair.
The event, held at Roslyn High School, invited individuals or two-student teams to give a 10-minute presentation on a psychology research project.
Roslyn's "best in category" winners were Jessica Futoran, Jerry Li, Rachel Mintz, Ludia Ock and Tiffany Sun. Others winning "best in category" were Jill Glazer of Kings Park High School, and Lauren Pomerantz and Clara Sava Segal of Great Neck North High School.
Forest Lake Elementary School kindergartners recently traded their snow boots for flip-flops as part of lessons held in conjunction with the school's Beach Day.
Activities included using fish crackers to solve math equations, writing in sand and painting shells.
"The students are using their sensory and sight skills, as well as their current knowledge of numbers and letters," kindergarten teacher Robin Conte said.
In other news, Wantagh middle school students recently received fictional boardroom experience during a "Shark Tank Challenge." They proposed business models for various enterprises, such as a low-cost bakery and an alternative energy corporation to judges from local stores.
Nassau BOCES announced it will launch an engineering program next school year through its Doshi STEM Program, an advanced math and science program at the Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset.
The three-year program, titled "Project Lead the Way," will engage students in open-ended problem-solving and use the same technology and software as the world's top companies.
Valentines for vets
Many local schools spread messages of love through activities held in conjunction with Valentine's Day.
In Valley Stream, James A. Dever Elementary School students made holiday greetings that were given to Town of Hempstead Councilmen James Darcy and Edward Ambrosino for delivery to local veterans around the Feb. 14 holiday.
"It's our way of showing our gratitude to the people who defended our freedoms so we can enjoy the freedoms we have," principal Darren Gruen said.
In Plainview, Parkway Elementary School students created homemade cards and letters for hospitalized veterans as part of a lesson to help enhance handwriting and creativity. The items were distributed through Nassau County's "Valentines for Veterans" program.
In Copiague, Deauville Gardens East Elementary School students crafted cards for the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.
"I hope they make the veterans feel happy we're thinking of them," fifth-grader Olivia Healy said.