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Glen Head students raise $100G for cancer research

For third time in four years, North Shore High School in Glen Head raised more than $100,000 for cancer research through a Relay for Life coordinated by students.

This year's event, which raised $101,000 for the American Cancer Society, included 50 eight-person teams that solicited sponsors and walked laps on the school track for a 10-hour overnight period to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

In the three previous years, the school raised about $150,000, $125,000 and $65,000, according to school officials.

"When we started the process back in the winter, we weren't exactly sure where the journey would take us, but we couldn't be happier with the outcome," said Marissa Moshell, co-chair with fellow senior Melissa Meehan.

In addition to the walk, the relay included a DJ, live bands and raffles. Volunteers from the North Shore Kiwanis Club hosted a barbecue, while the Glen Head Lions Club pitched in on registration duties.

The keynote speaker was freshman Andrew Fierstein, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 5 and is now in remission. His relay team raised the largest amount: $20,000.

"It's so amazing to see North Shore come alive like this," said Julia Salat, the school's community service director.


New superintendent

David J. Flatley has been named superintendent of Carle Place School District, effective Sept. 20, replacing retiring Michael Mahoney. Flatley, who joined the district in 2003, currently serves as assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel. "I am humbled by the board's confidence and thrilled by the opportunity to serve as superintendent," Flatley said.


Educators of distinction

Gerard Marzigliano, a science research teacher at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, and Nkenge Gilliam, a history teacher at Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School, were among 14 teachers statewide named 2010 educators of distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for "providing education with an enhanced purpose."

Teachers were nominated by high school seniors selected as 2010 Coca-Cola scholars.


Food Day essays

Cori Ilardi, a junior at H. Frank Carey High School, won first place in the high school division last month of the 22nd Annual World Food Day Essay Contest coordinated by Amityville-based nonprofit Stop World Hunger. More than 2,400 entries were received from 73 tri-state area schools.

Other local students finishing in the top three of various divisions were Victoria Ferrera of Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, Kaitlyn Finkelstein and Lauren Firoz of Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park, and Ahmed Gachha of H. Frank Carey High School.


Invention convention

First-graders from Lido, East, Lindell and West elementary schools recently demonstrated their thinking skills through an invention convention in which they brainstormed ideas for fictional gadgets and then displayed mock blueprints to parents, teachers and classmates.

Inventions included sneakers that would enable people to run "extremely fast" and a portable teacher that "taught on the go," district officials said.

"For this project, there was no right or wrong answer," said district enrichment teacher Caitlin Fuentes. "The idea was to encourage everyone to think outside the box."


$10,000 scholarships

Nassau County students Jonathan Nino of Hempstead High School, Brandon Li of Jericho High School and Joel Santiseban of Lawrence High School have won 2010 NextGen Engineering scholarships worth $10,000 over four years from the Northrop Grumman Corp. They were chosen from 119 applicants living in areas where the company's aerospace systems sector has major facilities.


Science prize-winners

Five Long Island students were named grand-prize winners earlier this month at the Science Teachers Association of New York State 2010 Science Congress, an Albany-based competition that allows junior and senior high students to present original research.

Pooja Rambhia of Jericho High School won a gold medal and $1,000, Clare Sweeney of Long Beach Middle School won a gold medal and $500, Arianne Papa and Jane Smyth of Long Beach High School won silver medals and $500, and Ganesh Ravichandran of W. Tresper Clarke Middle School in Westbury won a bronze medal and $100.

The following Nassau County students advanced to the state level based on their performance at the Long Island Science Congress in Garden City: Mathew Sabu of Elmont Memorial High School; Sahir Raoof and Manleen Singh of Jericho High School; Maggie Rounder of Lynbrook High School; Peter Guastella of Manhasset Middle School; Julie Paone of Manhasset High School; Sarah Pak of Roslyn High School; and Mohammed Ansari of Valley Stream South High School.

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