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Four LI student teams advance to business contest finals

The Flip Chip team from Syosset High School

The Flip Chip team from Syosset High School is one of four Long Island teams advancing to the National Business Plan Competition. From left are teammates Aaron Rosenfeld, Scott Mansouri, Zach Appel, Jack Santoro and Matt Catton. Credit: Syosset School District / Thomas J. Barrella

Four Long Island teams are heading to the national level after being named finalists in a regional business competition.

The teams — Flip Chip of Syosset High School, Poseidon Pure of Sanford H. Calhoun High School, ROC Security of George W. Hewlett High School, and Zenith of Westhampton Beach High School — beat out six other semifinalists earlier this month at the 7th Annual Long Island Virtual Enterprises Competition.

The competition challenged teams to form fictional companies and present business plans to a panel of judges. The teams first beat 72 others to be among 10 regional semifinalists in January, and were named among the final four during the regional finals at American Portfolio Financial Services in Holbrook.

They will next vie at the National Business Plan Competition in Manhattan on April 3.

“This is our first year even having a virtual enterprises team,” Syosset business teacher Matthew Fiasconaro said. Of his team, he said: “They eat, sleep and breathe Flip Chip.”

Flip Chip marketed a line of all-natural environmentally sustainable potato chips, while Poseidon Pure marketed filtration systems to provide safe drinkable water.

ROC Security marketed an array of security products, while Zenith marketed drones made of a plastic formed from biodegradable material.

“”I’m extremely proud,” Calhoun business teacher Peter Palazzo said of his team. “They were diligent throughout the entire process and worked seamlessly together.”


New superintendent

Adele Pecora has been named superintendent of Seaford School District, effective July 1. She will replace Brian Conboy, who is retiring after 33 years in the district.

Pecora has served the past six years as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment K-12 for Commack School District.

“I look forward to working with the board [of education] and the entire Seaford community to foster intellectual curiosity and expand student opportunities by providing an exemplary education program for all Seaford students,” Pecora said.


Read Across America

Many local schools hosted reading-themed activities earlier this month for the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which coincided with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.

In Lynbrook, Kindergarten Center Principal Ellen Postman dressed as the Cat in the Hat and greeted students arriving to school, while West End Elementary School Principal Cindy Lee visited the center dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 to read the author’s 1990 book, Oh the Places You’ll Go. Kids also dressed according to professions they would like when they grow up.

In North Bellmore, Newbridge Road Elementary School children created their own book, with each pair of pupils contributing one page by picking a household location or object and a “nonsense word” that rhymes with it before illustrating the scene, school officials said.

In Elmont, Dutch Broadway Elementary School students were visited by guest readers, learned about the author’s life, and created Cat in the Hat bookmarks and hats.


Distinguished teachers

Twelve Long Island educators were recently named 2017 Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island for their positive impact on their students’ lives. They were nominated by Harvard University undergraduates who went to local schools.

Winners were: John Buglione, Baldwin High School; Michelle Flanory, Elmont High School; Celia Blum, Farmingdale High School; Michele DeCicco, Herricks Middle School; Alan Semerdjian, Herricks High School; Thomas Santacapita, Lynbrook High School; Annie Law, Manhasset High School; Gary Kulik, Mount Sinai High School; James Lecci, Sayville High School; Eric Premisler, Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park; Joe Rodichok, Smithtown High School East; Kimberly Costa, South Woods Middle School in Syosset.


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