The verdict is in for Long Island’s future litigators.
Teams from Plainview-Old Bethpage’s John F. Kennedy High School and Three Village School District in Setauket are this year’s mock trial champions for Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively.
For winning, the two teams advanced to the state level to compete against other regional winners in Albany on May 15-17. Plainview-Old Bethpage took sixth place statewide, while Three Village placed fourth.
“We’re tremendously proud of our students,” said Nancy Rogers, co-coach of Plainview-Old Bethpage’s team with Gina Farrell. “It was an incredible feeling. We never thought going in we’d make it this far.”
To reach the state level, Plainview-Old Bethpage outlasted 47 teams in seven rounds of competition to take first in Nassau’s regional championship at the Supreme Court in Mineola. The Wheatley School in Old Westbury came in second.
Three Village’s team — including students from Ward Melville High School and Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School — bested 30 teams at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Central Islip. In the finals, it beat out Bay Shore High School.
“The team has invested an extraordinary amount of time, learning and energy to perform at this level,” Three Village coach Douglas Elliot said.
This year’s fictional case involved a “suppression hearing” in which oxycodone pills were seized on a property during a warrantless search, Elliot said.
John J. Daly Elementary School has launched a weekly newscast in which a different class of students collaborates each week to present news features covering every grade. The “cub reporters” conduct interviews with teachers, provide faculty profiles, and report on school programs and events.
Segments are recorded in front of a camera similar to a real news broadcast, with the school’s library media specialist Kim Pinto editing them using a cloud-based video creation service. Finished videos are posted on the school’s website every Friday.
Seventeen high school seniors in Nassau County are recipients of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for having “the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies,” the organization said. They were chosen by a committee of college admissions officers and counselors.
Nassau recipients and their high schools are: Zainab Nathani, East Meadow; Suraj Muralidharan, Farmingdale; Won Jung, Great Neck North; Justin Lish, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway; Jane Jingyi Chen, Herricks; Benjamin Golbin, Hewlett; John Gundersen, Island Trees; Jessica Huang, Amanda Orbuch and Aaron Wang, Jericho; Jonathan Kapilian, Long Beach; Molly Heit, Lynbrook; Elias Mastakouris, North Shore; William Long, Syosset; Krista Chen, Mohammad Khanzada and Andrew Zuckerman, Wheatley School.
Twenty-six high school juniors from Long Island are among 35 statewide to receive the National Council of Teachers of English’s 2016 Achievement Awards in Writing, which are intended to encourage and publicly recognize some of the nation’s best student writers. Students submitted both their best work and a piece on a predetermined theme.
Long Island’s recipients and their high schools are: Abigail Cervera and Mattea Gravina, Bay Shore; Ellie Schoeffel, Friends Academy; Rachel Berkower and David Liu, Great Neck North; Yiqing He and Benjamin Newman, Great Neck South; Natalie Tan and Nita Wong, Herricks; Grace Hu and Anvita Bhaskara, Jericho; Michael Lee and Carina Lewandowski, Manhasset; Samantha D’Alonzo, Maria Kogan and Rudy Malcom, Paul D. Schreiber; Pooja Deshpande and Maggie Dowd, Rocky Point; Felicia Hou, Roslyn; David Bekore, Sanford H. Calhoun; Rachel Lo and Rikki Weiss, Syosset; Virginia Maloney and Wesley Tsai, Valley Stream South; Kirti Nath and Michal Zadok, Ward Melville.