Teams from Great Neck South and Hicksville high schools took home the Chairman's Award, the most prestigious honor, in this year's regional robotics competitions on Long Island.
The Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition was divided into two separate three-day events last month that attracted 84 teams to Hofstra University. FIRST is an international youth organization that stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
A three-team alliance of Southold Jr./Sr. High School, Westhampton Beach High School and the Wheatley School in Old Westbury was the winner of Regional 1, while a three-team alliance of Bethpage High School, Southold Jr./Sr. High School and Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan was the winner in Regional 2.
Great Neck South's "Rebel Robotics" (Team 2638) and Hicksville's "Hicksville J-Birds" (Team 1468) each received the regionals' Chairman Award, which recognized the team that "best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST," the organization said.
"All participating teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism and critical thinking," said Bertram Dittmar, executive director of the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, which sponsored the event. "The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students and mentors got caught up in the spirit of the event."
To participate, teams designed and built robots that weighed up to 120 pounds using a kit of parts that included motors, batteries and control system components. This year's competition had a theme of "Rapid React," which challenged alliances to outscore their opponents by shooting inflatable balls into a central "hub" and then climbing within their respective hangars at the end of the match.
Trade school fair
Farmingdale High School hosted its first trade school fair last month in which teens learned about various career paths available to them in the local area.
The inaugural event, which is intended to be annual, included representatives from educational facilities including the Long Island Beauty School, the Long Island Drafting & Technical Institute, and Suffolk County Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.
"For students starting to consider their next steps, it's important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach," said Farmingdale special-education teacher Ivelysse Powers, who organized the fair.
HAUPPAUGE AND WEST BABYLON
Varsha Saravanan of Hauppauge High School and Michael Fuentes of West Babylon High School were among 150 students nationwide named 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. They each received $20,000 scholarships.
To become scholars, they were first among 1,617 semifinalists and then among 150 regional finalists, the latter of whom participated in interviews with a regional committee composed of previous scholarship recipients and a foundation staff member.
This year, more than 68,000 students nationwide applied for the designation.
'Law and Justice' selectee
Vincent D'Antone, a senior at MacArthur High School, was one of 20 students nationwide recently selected to spend a week learning about all branches of the criminal justice system at the National Academy of Law and Justice in Washington, D.C.
During the visit, D'Antone had the opportunity to participate in forensics courses at the International Spy Museum and the National Law Enforcement Museum as well as meet with personnel from the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"This class is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and points you in the right direction by getting the experience and hands-on learning you need," D'Antone said.
St. Anthony's High School hosted a Mass earlier this month that featured a relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis, a London-born amateur computer programmer who documented Eucharistic miracles online before his death from leukemia at the age of 15 in 2006. He was beatified by the Catholic Church in 2020.
The school was the first place nationwide to host Acutis' relic, a fragment of his heart's pericardium.
"My prayer is that the presence of Blessed Carlo's relic stirs a desire within our American brothers and sisters, especially the young, not to waste life, but rather to make of it a masterpiece," said Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of the Diocese Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino in Italy, who brought the relic to St. Anthony's.
Eleven students have been named first-place winners in various categories of a 2022 Youth Showcase competition coordinated by the Photographic Federation of Long Island, a nonprofit organization that includes camera clubs from Long Island and New York City.
Winners were selected in print and digital divisions that featured six categories: architecture, people/animals, photojournalism, scapes, photographer’s choice (creative) and photographer's choice (monochrome).
This year's first-place winners and their high schools were: Evelyn Kim, Commack; Jenna Cox, Farmingdale; Emma Gross and Bonan Wei, Jericho; Elliot Schenck, Long Beach; LaLone Giavanna and Sweezey Ryan, Longwood; Jade Crawford, Malverne; Gertsen Riley and Gabriella Rose Sclafani, Patchogue-Medford; and Ibraheem Mahmood, Valley Stream South.
— MICHAEL R. EBERT