7 Nassau students take top honors in psychology fair
Seven Nassau students were named best-in-category winners for their presentations at the 2017-18 Long Island High School Psychology Fair.
This year’s event received about 65 submissions, with the top 35 projects being invited to present in six psychology categories: biopsychology, cognitive, developmental, educational, interdisciplinary and social.
Submissions consisted of 10-minute PowerPoint presentations followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session, fair officials said.
“The quality of the research and presentations was excellent,” said Allyson Weseley, secondary research coordinator at Roslyn High School, which hosted the fair. “I received a lot of positive feedback from our very impressed group of judges.”
Best-in-category winners and their categories were: Aaron Geula, Great Neck North High School, biopsychology; Ellie Eisenberg, Roslyn High School, cognitive psychology; Johanna Kann and Mayessa Rahman, Roslyn High School, developmental psychology; Sanwood Gim, Roslyn High School, educational psychology; Julia Ruskin, Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, interdisciplinary; and Kate Weseley-Jones, North Shore High School in Glen Head, social psychology.
The fair has served as a forum for student research in psychology since 2008.
The original artwork of Hicksville High School students is being featured in an exhibit launched last month at the IKEA furniture store in the Broadway Commons.
The second annual exhibit will see pieces on display near the mall entrance through April 2. The collaboration was the brainchild of Hicksville art teacher Craig Mateyunas, who came up with the idea after shopping at the store and contacting IKEA staff.
“Community venues housing school-based projects, activities and opportunities are invaluable,” Hicksville Superintendent Carl Bonuso said. “We recognize the importance of having our schools continue to engage in expansive, effective partnerships with our business community and are excited and appreciative of the opportunity IKEA has given our students to display their artistic talents.”
Local schools hosted an array of inspirational activities last month honoring civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District held a day of service in which students filled bags with nonperishable items, toiletries and handwritten notes — some of which included inspirational quotes by King. The items benefited a district-run food pantry and local organizations such as the Interfaith Nutrition Network, MOMMAS House, and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.
In North Bellmore, kindergartners at John Dinkelmeyer Elementary School drew pictures and wrote responses to a King quote, while first-graders penned pieces about the ways he changed the world. Meanwhile, sixth-graders wrote acrostic poems using the word “dream.”
In Bellmore, fourth-graders at Winthrop Avenue Elementary School collaborated on a mosaic, with each student writing leadership-themed words and coloring a section of a portrait of King.
Take a Duck to Class
Four Long Island students were winners in this year’s Take a Duck to Class essay contest sponsored by the Long Island Ducks and TD Bank.
The contest, which received thousands of entries from across Long Island, asked participants to submit an essay of 250 words or less on the topic, “Who is a hero in your community and why?”
Winners were: Megan Heffernan, a third-grader at Fifth Avenue Elementary School in East Northport; Victoria Rose, a kindergartner at Fort Salonga Elementary School; Jeremy Romero, a second-grader at Flower Hill Primary School in Huntington; and Jacob Rubbo, a fifth-grader at Tamarac Elementary School in Holtsville.
The students won a visit from Ducks mascot QuackerJack and a Visa gift card courtesy of TD Bank.— Michael R. Ebert