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Wheatley School team wins LI science bowl

Vedant Singh, Victor Li, John Li, Karen Li,

Vedant Singh, Victor Li, John Li, Karen Li, and Elan Mizhiritsky from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury placed first in this year's LI Regional High School Science Bowl. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory

A team from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury won the top spot in this year’s Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl.

The Wheatley team — John Li, Karen Li, Victor Li, Elan Mizhiritsky and Vedant Singh — placed first last month against 19 other teams in the competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory. They will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on April 26-30.

The second-place team was from Great Neck South High School, while third- and fourth-place teams were from Island Trees High School in Levittown and South Side High School in Rockville Centre, respectively.

“We’re really proud to bring the trophy home to our school,” said Wheatley sophomore Karen Li, whose teammates included her two brothers, John and Victor. “My brother John is graduating this year, so winning was very special for all of us.”

The science bowl is a “Jeopardy!”-style competition with a four-division, round-robin format, featuring topics that range from biology to chemistry to physics. Winning teams in each division face off in a double-elimination series.

At the national finals, the top 16 teams will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments.

“We practiced for months and although we didn’t get the top spot this year, we’re still proud of our accomplishments,” Great Neck South team member Adrian Chen said.

FARMINGDALE

Health-care Career Fair

Eighth-graders at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School recently learned about job opportunities available to them in the medical field during the school’s first-ever Health-care Career Fair.

It was hosted by the school’s Guidance Department in conjunction with Northwell Health.

The fair was the first time Northwell Health has presented to a middle school audience, school officials said. Activities included breakout conversations in which students learned about needed education and skills and what a typical workday might entail from representatives of Plainview and Syosset hospitals.

“Our goal was to help students start to think about whether the health-care field is in their future,” said Maureen Moloughney, director of guidance and social work for the Farmingdale school district.

COUNTYWIDE

SafeStudents Online

Four Catholic schools in Nassau County — All Saints Regional Catholic School, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Dominic Elementary School and St. Mary’s Elementary School — have partnered with SafeStudents Online, a program designed to help parents keep their children safe from social media threats.

SafeStudents Online administers social media protection programs for middle and high school grades, giving parents the ability to monitor children’s activity for unsuitable or potentially dangerous posts. Alerts allow parents to take action when necessary.

“Parents want to be responsible, but many have no idea how to keep up with their kids online,” SafeStudents Online vice president Tim Polizzi said.

ISLANDWIDE

Bright Lights

Twenty-four Long Island educators have been named recipients of Bright Light Awards by Suffolk ASSET, also known as the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies, for their efforts integrating technology into the classroom.

Winners and their school districts were: Lorie Beard, Amityville; Eileen Conroy, Cold Spring Harbor; Thomas Maher, Comsewogue; Danielle Palladino, Copiague; Thomas Fitzmaurice, Deer Park; Danielle Gately, East Williston; Meredith Kramer, Eastport-South Manor; Elizabeth Held, Elwood; Charles Gravina, Half Hollow Hills; Suzanne Valenza, Jericho; Danielle Thompson, Kings Park; Mildred Mirabile, Lindenhurst; Jon Falk, Longwood; Bonnie Connelly and Maryellen Gamberg, Mattituck-Cutchogue; Kate Conard, Mount Sinai; Brendan Colfer, Northport-East Northport; Susan Miele, Patchogue-Medford; Doug Shaw, Sayville; Matthew Murphy, South Huntington; Richard Cintorino, Springs; Andrew Weik, Three Village; Gerard DeSimone, West Babylon; and William Fisher, Westhampton Beach.

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