Suffolk: 10 ranked among top 100 in U.S.
Ten Long Island high schools have secured spots among the top 100 nationwide on annual lists that rank the best high schools in the United States.
The three lists -- created separately by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek in conjunction with The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post -- ranked high schools this spring based on factors that illustrate their effort and success educating and challenging students.
"If you look at Long Island as a whole and the number of high schools recognized, it tells you there is quality education here," said Jericho Superintendent Henry Grishman. Of his school's high rank, he attributed it to the community acting as a "strong support system."
Other local high schools on the U.S. News list were South Side in Rockville Centre at 22, Commack at 95 and Locust Valley at 99. To rank schools, U.S. News teamed up with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., to evaluate performance on state proficiency tests and the degree to which schools prepare pupils for college-level work.
Newsweek's high school list ranked Locust Valley at 55, Great Neck South at 56, The Wheatley School at 62, Manhasset at 78, Syosset at 92, Cold Spring Harbor at 94 and Herricks at 96. That list studied graduation rates and percentages of college-bound grads and college-level exams.
"It's a nice honor for us," Cold Spring Harbor Principal Jay Matuk said. "We know it holds a great deal of importance to the community and local Realtors."
Jericho was the sole local school to break the top 100 for The Washington Post, which ranked schools by college-level tests and percentage of families qualifying for lunch subsidies.
Stephanie Fischer of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School and Devin Dwyer of Northport High School were finalists for 2012 Young Naturalist Awards issued by the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The contest asked students in grades 7-12 to use scientific research to investigate the world around them.
Fischer investigated the magnesium/calcium ratio of brachiopod marine animals. Dwyer compared the swimming efficiency of extinct and modern fish using the Strouhal number.
Hunger essay winner
Haillie D'Andrea, a third-grader at Trinity Regional School in East Northport, was named the first-place winner last month in the primary division (grades 1-3) of the 24th annual World Food Day Essay Contest, coordinated by Stop World Hunger in Amityville. She was the sole Long Island pupil to win first place among the contest's four age divisions.
This year's contest attracted more than 2,600 entries from 65 tri-state area schools and required students to respond to the question "How does your school stop world hunger?"
D'Andrea was issued a $100 savings bond and a plaque.
LI Science Congress
Six Suffolk County students were first-place winners in various categories at the 2012 Long Island Science Congress, an exhibit of science projects held at Farmingdale State College. The annual competition was sponsored by the Long Island Sections of the Science Teachers Association of New York State.
Commack: David Li of Commack Middle School; Copiague: Alessandra Altruda and Zachary Wilson of Copiague High School; East Setauket: Sonya Li of Ward Melville High School; Northport: Aidan Dwyer of Northport High School; West Islip: Jessica Dewey of West Islip High School.
Twelve Long Island high schoolers were recently among 2,500 nationwide winners of college-sponsored scholarships of between $500 and $2,000 at the institute financing the scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Glen Head: Elisabeth Sorenson of Long Island Lutheran High School; Herricks: Nirmita Doshi and Lucy Yang of Herricks High School; Huntington:Kaja Coraor of Huntington High School;Levittown: Jordan Fisher of MacArthur High School; Massapequa: Jordyn Iger of Massapequa High School; Port Jefferson: Cole Conte of Earl L. Vandermeulen High School; Port Washington: Jack Sempliner of Paul D. Schreiber High School; Rockville Centre: Mark Bevilacqua of South Side High School; Smithtown: Haleigh Williams of Smithtown High School East; Michael Catalano of Smithtown High School West; West Islip: Kevin Kruse of St. John the Baptist High School.