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Farmingdale, Ward Melville H.S. teams win 2015 Regional Quiz Bowl

Farmingdale High School team placed first in the

Farmingdale High School team placed first in the varsity division of the 2015 Regional Quiz Bowl, held at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in April. From left, team members Suraj Muralidharan, Dan Laine, Jacob Croes and Nick Florio. Credit: Farmingdale School District

Farmingdale High School and Ward Melville High School in East Setauket were Long Island champions in the 2015 Regional Quiz Bowl.

Farmingdale's team -- Jacob Croes, Nick Florio, Dan Laine and Suraj Muralidharan -- placed first in the bowl's varsity level, defeating a team from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson in the finals. A team from Smithtown High School West placed third.

Ward Melville's team -- Ian Baram, Dylan Masters and Nima Mohammadi -- placed first in the bowl's junior varsity level, defeating a team from Commack High School in the finals. West Babylon High School's team placed third.

"Sometimes it doesn't come down to how much you know, but how well you play," Farmingdale coach Peter Macchia said. "We were the aggressive ones, and the risk paid off."

The trivia competition's season started with 55 teams from seven Long Island regions competing to answer questions on topics ranging from pop culture to world history.

The top 18 teams qualified for the final round, which took place in April at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School.

FREEPORT: $35K fundraiser

Officials and community members of the Freeport school district joined forces last month to raise more than $35,000 through a kickoff event to benefit the Freeport Educational Foundation, a nonprofit that funds innovative educational programs in the district.

About 350 people attended a cocktail reception at the Coral House in Baldwin, which featured performances by Freeport High School's jazz ensemble and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

"Freeport is an amazing community that cares about its children," Superintendent Kishore Kuncham said in a statement. "The support and enthusiasm displayed this evening is heartwarming and overwhelming."

SOUTH HUNTINGTON: Spark! Challenge

A team from Walt Whitman High School placed first in a contest that asked students to create short documentaries about their experiences in the North Shore-LIJ Health System's "Spark! Challenge."

The challenge saw 30 teams of North Shore-LIJ staff members host about 500 local students at their facilities to introduce them to careers in health care.

Walt Whitman's team documented its experiences at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park and the "Hospital for a Day" program team members subsequently created for the South Huntington school district. The winning team earned $3,000 for their school.

NASSAU COUNTY: George Farber Award

Fourteen Nassau County students received the George Farber Outstanding Student Award from Nassau BOCES for their "talent, commitment, honesty, diligence, compassion and high moral standards," the organization said.

They were honored last month during an awards ceremony at Nassau BOCES' Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset.

Winners and their home school districts were: Lamarr McRae-Clarke, Amityville; Matthew Giandalia, Bellmore-Merrick; Angela Eugenio, Farmingdale; Jose Londono, Garden City; Eric Reyes-Hernandez, Hempstead; Eric Ricks, Hempstead; Roshni Shukla, Malverne; Carla Vasquez, Manhasset; Bryan Pisarz, Plainview-Old Bethpage; Max Novick, Roslyn; Carl Mascioli, Sewanhaka; Miguel Bolanos, Uniondale; Justin King, Uniondale; and Danish Mirza, West Babylon.


Seven Suffolk County students were first-place winners in their grade levels earlier this month at Brookhaven National Laboratory's 2015 Elementary School Science Fair, which drew entries of more than 500 science projects from 118 local schools.

Winners were: Justyn Harrison, a kindergartner at Charles E. Walters Elementary School, Yaphank; Jennifer Tiskowitz, a first-grader at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, Rocky Point; Mark Burns, a second-grader at Riley Avenue Elementary School, Calverton; Kelly Bossert, a third-grader at Fort Salonga Elementary School; Ella Causin, a fourth-grader at Idle Hour Elementary School, Oakdale; Jack Soldano, a fifth-grader at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, Miller Place; and Spencer Asofsky, a sixth-grader at Bay Shore Middle School.

ISLANDWIDE: Molloy Science Fair

Twenty-six Long Island science projects were award winners last month at the 13th annual Molloy College Science Fair, which included 275 projects from 28 schools.

Winners were: Jessica Hastings, Nicolette McKeon, Jake Nieto, Megan Padgett, Kelly Page and Samuel Petruzzi, all of Commack High School; Priya Aggarwal, W.T. Clarke High School, Westbury; Ariana Adames and Amanda Mercado, East Meadow High School; Bongseok Jung, Herricks High School; Sophia Giordano, Elizabeth Isayeva and Jordanna Yochai, George W. Hewlett High School; Nolan Piccola and Samantha Sgrizzi, Huntington High School; Adam Pahlavan and Justin Kim, Jericho High School; Delaney Buskard, Jessalyn Chuang, Calvin He, Elin Hu, Raymond Huffman, Kayla Keriazes, Michael Lee, Bradford Phelps, Sung Won Seo, all of Manhasset High School; Julia Cohen, Lauren Getzler and Jina Yom, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Hannah Ericsson, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Port Washington; Zach Ryan, South Side High School, Rockville Centre; Rahul Chaudhry and Sahil Chaudhry, Syosset High School; Chelsea Ramjeawan, Uniondale High School; and Kendal Corrado and Nathaniel Vaduthala, West Hempstead High School.

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