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Nassau students among 13 LI winners of Science Congress awards

Jericho High School junior Justin Kim was awarded

Jericho High School junior Justin Kim was awarded highest honors in the high school division's biological sciences category at the New York State Science Congress in Buffalo. He is pictured here during the Long Island Science Congress at St. Anthony's High School in Huntington Station. Credit: Jericho School District

Thirteen Long Island students were among those winning highest honors, high honors or honors last month at the New York State Science Congress.

This year’s competition, held at the University at Buffalo, included 60 students in grades seven through 12 who presented projects in a poster format. The Science Teachers Association of New York State sponsored the event.

In the high school division, Jericho High junior Justin Kim won highest honors — signifying a first-place finish — in the biological sciences category. In the middle school division, Commack Middle School seventh-grader Rohan Surana and Lawrence Middle School eighth-grader Bhawan Sandhu received highest honors in the physical and biological sciences categories, respectively.

“Every year, the New York State Science Congress brings together some of the sharpest young minds in the state,” said Susan Sullivan, the event’s chairwoman. “This year is no exception.”

These students won high honors or honors: Margarita Bogdanova-Shapkina, Oceanside Middle School; Tiffany Chen and Matthew Palmadessa, Manhasset High School; Sherin Davis and Deeti Patel, W. Tresper Clarke Middle School, Westbury; Kamyar Ghiam, Roslyn High School; Brandon Langone, Grand Avenue Middle School, Bellmore; Anne Marchildon, North Shore High School, Glen Head; Brian Oh, Jericho High School; and Samantha Prince, Montauk School.

To reach the state level, local students first competed at the Long Island Science Congress, which drew more than 1,500 students from 105 schools to St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station. Students placing first or second in their categories of the middle and high school divisions were eligible to advance to the state level.


Entrepreneurial Challenge

A business team from East Meadow High School, titled Energym, placed first in the Nassau County Comptroller’s fourth annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, which attracted 20 teams from 13 high schools to the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola.

This year’s challenge, titled “StartUp Nassau,” asked teams to present a business plan that could benefit local universities.

Energym’s plan for a device that stores a bicycle’s kinetic energy to power electrical devices won the team $2,500. Second place went to Baldwin High School’s Chip In team, which won $1,250 for a plan consisting of a device that tracks the whereabouts of wearers.

MacArthur High School’s Team Safe Touch placed third and won $1,000 for its plan for a fingerprint-activated locking device for guns.


Poster winner

Gotham Avenue Elementary School second-grader Ava Halop was the grand-prize winner in the grade K-8 category of a 2016 Traffic Safety Poster & Video Contest coordinated by AAA.

The contest, which received more than 1,600 entries, aimed to promote lifesaving traffic safety concepts.

Ava’s winning poster included the slogan “Safety first; Don’t get hurt,” with illustrations of walking kids, a traffic light and a stop sign. She was awarded a $750 check.


Hunger essays

Four Long Island students won first place in various age groups of a World Food Day Essay Contest coordinated by Stop World Hunger, an Amityville nonprofit organization.

This year’s contest asked the question: “How can reducing food waste stop world hunger?” It drew 1,892 entries from 46 schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as Brooklyn and Queens.

First-place winners were: Anna Vlahakis, Lee Avenue Elementary School, Hicksville, in the primary division (grades 1-3); Aidan Sanford, St. Mary School, East Islip, intermediate division (grades 4-6); Matthew Cimaszewski, St. Mary School, East Islip, junior high division (grades 7 and 8); and Caroline Kelly, Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, high school division (grades 9-12). Each received a $100 savings bond.

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