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Junior from JFK High School in Plainview wins LI Brain Bee

Jessica Goldstein, center, placed first in this year's

Jessica Goldstein, center, placed first in this year's Long Island Brain Bee. Amy De Lury, left, and Ankita Katukota placed second and third, respectively. Credit: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

A Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School junior grabbed the top spot in this year’s Long Island Brain Bee.

Jessica Goldstein placed first among 35 teenagers in the second annual competition, held at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. This is the second consecutive year a Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK student has won the bee.

Amy De Lury, a junior at Sachem North High School in Lake Ronkonkoma, and Ankita Katukota, a junior at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, placed second and third, respectively.

As the victor, Goldstein earned a trip to compete at the 2018 USA Brain Bee Championship, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Baltimore.

“I’ve always liked science,” Goldstein said. “The Brain Bee inspired me to focus on the area of neuroscience and learn more about it. It has been an incredible experience.”

The bee consisted of three rounds: a multiple-choice exam on brain facts, a laboratory demonstration and a test to identify anatomical functions and structures in real human brain specimens.

Students also participated in a charades-style round in which they identified brain disorders, treatments and diagnostic tools based on skits performed by medical students.

“This competition is so much fun and very interesting,” De Lury said. “I learned a lot during my time here.”



Students and staff at Norman J. Levy Lakeside Elementary School recently made more than 3,000 sandwiches for the River Fund, a mobile food pantry.

The total was the most in the history of the school’s sandwichathon, which started seven years ago when a student wanted to use her birthday to help the homeless. Meats, cheeses and breads were donated by students, staff and local businesses — including Stop & Shop, which donated 250 pounds of cold cuts, 210 loaves of bread and 24 cases of chips.

“Each year the effort grows and donations increase, giving more of our students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” project coordinator Susan Molloy said.


Lunar New Year

Many local schools introduced youngsters to China’s culture, language and foods through activities designed to ring in the Year of the Dog.

The Herricks school district hosted an Egg Roll & Dumpling Day in which 180 students — including those from four neighboring districts — enjoyed performances ranging from yo-yo demonstrations to ribbon dances. The event ended with a lunch of egg rolls, dumplings and rice.

In East Meadow, Meadowbrook Elementary School’s students in English as a new language created Chinese noisemakers, dragon puppets and origami dogs. The items were used to cheer on a hallway “dragon parade,” school officials said.

In North Massapequa, third-graders at Albany Avenue Elementary School were visited by singer-songwriter Patricia Shih, who performed a show-and-tell using objects obtained during her travels to China.


‘Go APE’ Awards

Eight Long Island students received Awards of Excellence this month at the Art League of Long Island’s 11th annual “Go APE” Advanced Placement Student Exhibition, which featured artwork by 140 students from 38 local high schools.

The exhibit was on view at the league’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills through March 4.

Winners and their high schools were: Xiao Han, Garden City; Adis Kacamakovic and Alexis Tuvilla, Hicksville; Isabelle Lin, Manhasset; Shannon Culhane and Jacqueline Stevens, Northport; Alyssa Denis, Walt Whitman, Huntington Station; and Elizabeth Farragher, Wantagh.

Michael Cattaneo of Harborfields High School in Greenlawn received the Award for Presentation.— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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