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Way to Go kids

A look at Long Island kids who have been featured in Newsday's Way to Go feature in LI Life.

Kate Fahy, 17, a senior at Massapequa High
Photo Credit: Massapequa School District

Kate Fahy, 17, a senior at Massapequa High School, recently worked to improve the lives of families in a small village in Costa Rica through a community service effort that included students from around the globe.

Nicole Zito, 17, a senior at Hauppauge High
Photo Credit: Zito family

Nicole Zito, 17, a senior at Hauppauge High School, awarded first place among about 40 entries in the Smithtown Historical Society's Mildred E. Smith Historical Scholarship Contest.

Emily Blumberg, 13, an eighth-grader at The Wheatley
Photo Credit: Blumberg family

Emily Blumberg, 13, an eighth-grader at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, led a 45-person team of family and friends that raised more than $10,000 as part of the 2015 AHRC Walk at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The "Noah's Smiles" team was named after her 10-year-old brother who has autism and attends Brookville Center for Children's Services.

Peter Mainetti, 13, a freshman at Northport High
Photo Credit: Northport High School

Peter Mainetti, 13, a freshman at Northport High School, had his original composition "Battle of the Strings" played by student musicians at the National Association for Music Education's All-National Honors Ensemble Festival in Nashville on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

Samantha Hernandez, 16, a junior at Sanford H.
Photo Credit: Bellmore-Merrick School District

Samantha Hernandez, 16, a junior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, was honored recently as one of "40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars" by the Hispanic Coalition of New York for having a positive impact in the community.

Ariana DeMattei, 14, a sophomore at Westhampton Beach
Photo Credit: DeMattei family

Ariana DeMattei, 14, a sophomore at Westhampton Beach High School, has earned a 2015 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Long Island Chapter in recognition of her "exceptional accomplishments" through volunteerism and philanthropic activities, the organization said. She will be honored during a luncheon at the Huntington Hilton on Nov. 13.

Grant Goodman, a sophomore at North Shore High
Photo Credit: North Shore School District

Grant Goodman, a sophomore at North Shore High School in Glen Head, for LI Life's Way to Go section

Bryant Liu, 13, a freshman at Rocky Point
Photo Credit: Rocky Point School District

Bryant Liu, 13, a freshman at Rocky Point High School, was one of 30 national finalists to compete this month in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS, a science competition for students in grades six through eight coordinated by the Society for Science & the Public. For being a finalist, he was awarded $500.

Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street
Photo Credit: Lynbrook School District

Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street School in Lynbrook, won first place in a New York State PTA logo design contest for its "Pick a Reading Partner" program.

Dante Sasso, 11, a sixth-grader at Amagansett School,
Photo Credit: SNY

Dante Sasso, 11, a sixth-grader at Amagansett School, showed off his baseball knowledge when he called a half-inning during a Mets game on SportsNet New York (SNY) in August.

Thomas Kenna, 17, a senior at Floral Park
Photo Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District

Thomas Kenna, 17, a senior at Floral Park Memorial High School, was among select groups representing the United States in Model United Nations delegations to China and India, taking part in simulations of diplomacy and debates.

Skylah McBean-Adams, 17, a senior at Walter G.
Photo Credit: Copiague School District

Skylah McBean-Adams, 17, a senior at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School, was among about 60 female students participating in a political leadership program at Georgetown University this past summer.

Abrar Nadroo, 17, a senior at Syosset High
Photo Credit: Syosset Central School District

Abrar Nadroo, 17, a senior at Syosset High School, was one of three students to receive the 2015 Ezra Levy High School Science Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's New York Chapter.

Margaret McKeever, 15, a freshman at North Babylon
Photo Credit: North Babylon School District

Margaret McKeever, 15, a freshman at North Babylon High School, attended a Youth Leadership Program hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, a nonprofit law enforcement training agency. The program was held June 13-20 in Quantico, Virginia.

Tatiana Leftenant, 12, a seventh-grader at Copiague Middle
Photo Credit: Tamara Fleming

Tatiana Leftenant, 12, a seventh-grader at Copiague Middle School, was named "Teenpreneur of the Year" at the 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Summit in Atlanta in May for her business Sheascents LLC, which sells more than 30 scents of shea butter as well as other products.

Courtney Connors, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
Photo Credit: Manhasset Union Free School District

Courtney Connors, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, helped coordinate a tennis clinic for underprivileged children last summer. She secured donations of 200 tennis balls from the U.S. Tennis Association and tennis clothing from adidas, and collected 20 gently used tennis rackets from local residents.

Ralph Sepe, 17, a senior at H. Frank
Photo Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District

Ralph Sepe, 17, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, won the Emerging Filmmaker Award for "The High," his 37-minute short film about a teen who becomes a drug dealer. It has received about 11,000 views on Sepe's YouTube channel.

Krista Cusimano, 11, a fifth-grader at William Floyd
Photo Credit: William Floyd School District

Krista Cusimano, 11, a fifth-grader at William Floyd Elementary School in Shirley, raised about $3,200 for Alzheimer's through a special spelling test taken by 765 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's disease Resource Center in Bay Shore.

Irene Kowalski, 17, a junior at Sanford H.
Photo Credit: Bellmore-Merrick School District

Irene Kowalski, 17, a junior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, has been elected president of the New York State Chapter of DECA the Distributive Education Clubs of America. She will oversee more than 120 high school chapters in New York.

Sage Chasen, 18, a senior at West Babylon
Photo Credit: West Babylon School District

Sage Chasen, 18, a senior at West Babylon High School, is founder of Performers Opposing Pollution, an a cappella group that has performed at local nursing homes and participated in beach cleanups during the past two years.

Rhea Manjrekar, 16, a sophomore at Hicksville High
Photo Credit: Hicksville School District

Rhea Manjrekar, 16, a sophomore at Hicksville High School, and several peers raised about $12,000 over the past year through a variety of fundraisers to benefit a local chapter of the nonprofit Children's Hope India that they started.

Savannah Legg, 18, a senior at Longwood High
Photo Credit: Longwood School District

Savannah Legg, 18, a senior at Longwood High School in Middle Island, received the annual Fred Breithut Regional MVP Award from the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island. The award was given to one student among those on 51 teams in the 2015 Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Beatrice Brown, 18, a senior at John F.
Photo Credit: Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Beatrice Brown, 18, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, is receiving the prestigious Young Naturalist Award for her research on forecasting hurricanes. She is among 12 winners nationwide of the award sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the Alcoa Foundation.

Faith McCombs, 14, an eighth-grader at Copiague Middle
Photo Credit: Copiague School District

Faith McCombs, 14, an eighth-grader at Copiague Middle School, is one of 20 local students selected by Stony Brook University to attend the 28th Annual Youth Academy "Counseling & Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective" leadership conference in New Orleans.

Joey Nepravishta, left, a junior at Division Avenue
Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory

Joey Nepravishta, left, a junior at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, and Michael Skolnick, a senior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, placed first and second, respectively, in Brookhaven National Laboratory's 2015 Model Bridge Building Contest.

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
Photo Credit: U.S. Tennis Association

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, has captained the collection of more than 300 tennis rackets since the 2013-14 school year, when he launched the Long Island chapter of Kids Serving Kids. The nonprofit recycles rackets for youths in need.

Cassidy Greco, 18, a senior at Bellport High
Photo Credit: Greco family

Cassidy Greco, 18, a senior at Bellport High School, coordinated a prom dress boutique this month that featured more than 150 gently used dresses, donated by the community. She also gathered donations of women’s shoes, jewelry and handbags.

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High
Photo Credit: U.S. Tennis Association

Matthew Holweger, 17, a senior at Manhasset High School, has captained the collection of more than 300 tennis rackets since the 2013-14 school year, when he launched the Long Island chapter of Kids Serving Kids. The nonprofit recycles rackets for youths in need.

Matthew Hartmann, a second-grader at Abbey Lane Elementary
Photo Credit: Levittown School District

Matthew Hartmann, a second-grader at Abbey Lane Elementary School in Levittown, raised $1,125 by asking friends and family to donate money in lieu of gifts to benefit the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation in Atlantic Beach. He learned about the foundation after his mother, Maria, ran in its annual 5K AIDS/Cancer Run/Walk last June.

Giovana Improta, a fifth-grader at Joseph A. Edgar
Photo Credit: Rocky Point School District

Giovana Improta, a fifth-grader at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in Rocky Point, was named the state winner for her grade level in the 2014-15 New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.

Brandon Boyle, 18, a North Babylon High School
Photo Credit: Western Suffolk BOCES

Brandon Boyle, 18, a North Babylon High School senior who studies architectural design at Western Suffolk BOCES’ Wilson Technological Center in Dix Hills, won a national contest that challenged teens to design a walkway entrance to SkillsUSA’s National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

Richard Watson, 10, a fourth-grader at Bayville Intermediate
Photo Credit: Locust Valley Central School District

Richard Watson, 10, a fourth-grader at Bayville Intermediate School, has raised $6,000 since 2012 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to benefit childhood cancer research.

Jaime Marvin, 17, a senior at Wellington C.
Photo Credit: Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Jaime Marvin, 17, a senior at Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, won first place at the regional level of Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide competition that encourages youths to learn about the art form and to master public speaking through memorization and recitation.

Sydney Sheren, 14, a freshman at Westhampton Beach
Photo Credit: Westhampton Beach School District

Sydney Sheren, 14, a freshman at Westhampton Beach High School, was the youngest of three keynote student speakers at Suffolk ASSET’s 17th Annual Technology Conference, held last month in Melville. ASSET is an acronym for Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology.

Augie Cavallaro, 17, a senior at Carle Place
Photo Credit: Carle Place School District

Augie Cavallaro, 17, a senior at Carle Place High School, has raised more than $18,000 for various charities during the past four years by participating in his school's annual "Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause" event.

Nick Giambrone, 18, a senior at Lindenhurst High
Photo Credit: Lindenhurst High School

Nick Giambrone, 18, a senior at Lindenhurst High School, placed third in the 7th Annual America's Best High School Chef competition, sponsored by Monroe College in New Rochelle. He was awarded a $36,000 scholarship to attend Monroe and the opportunity to study for a semester in Italy.

Parker Wiesner, 9, a fourth-grader at Landing Elementary
Photo Credit: Glen Cove School District

Parker Wiesner, 9, a fourth-grader at Landing Elementary School, was runner-up in the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish Contest during last month's 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in Manhattan.

Annalisa Welinder, 14, an eighth-grater at Port Jefferson
Photo Credit: Port Jefferson School District

Annalisa Welinder, 14, an eighth-grater at Port Jefferson Middle School, took the top spot last month in the 2015 Annual Young Performers Competition of the Island Symphony Orchestra, a Long Island-based nonprofit volunteer orchestra.

Bailey Gribben, 17, a senior at Division Avenue
Photo Credit: Matt Gillis

Bailey Gribben, 17, a senior at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, has coordinated 15 fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to those affected by neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder disturbs cell growth in the nervous system and causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Gribben was diagnosed with it when he was in the fifth grade.

Sanskriti Bimal, 16, a junior at Mineola High
Photo Credit: Mineola Union Free School District

Sanskriti Bimal, 16, a junior at Mineola High School, has been promoting the need to educate girls by writing, speaking and organizing events through her position as a youth ambassador for the Long Island Volunteer Center in Hempstead.

Isabelle Scott, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville
Photo Credit: Three Village Central School District

Isabelle Scott, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, has published a book of about 100 poems that she wrote between third and eighth grades titled “Isabelle’s Muse: Poems of a Grade School Scholar.”

Jillian Miller, a sixth-grader at Harry B. Thompson
Photo Credit: Miller family

Jillian Miller, a sixth-grader at Harry B. Thompson Middle School, got an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington last month to perform the dance she submitted last school year to the 2014 National PTA Reflections program.

Rachel Rock, 17, a senior at Smithtown High
Photo Credit: Rock family

Rachel Rock, 17, a senior at Smithtown High School West, earlier this month held the abdominal plank position for two hours, 13 minutes and five seconds. School officials said Guinness World Records will review the recorded footage to confirm the record-setting time.

Kara Patrovic, a junior at Miller Place High
Photo Credit: Miller Place School District

Kara Patrovic, a junior at Miller Place High School, is helping to bring clean drinking water to a Bolivian village after hosting more than a dozen fundraisers to cover the cost of a $25,000 well installation.

Shannon Gaghan, a junior at Farmingdale High School,
Photo Credit: Farmingdale School District

Shannon Gaghan, a junior at Farmingdale High School, rallied her peers to run a collective 1,381,074 yards during the month of January to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Lea Jaffe, a sophomore at Long Beach High
Photo Credit: Long Beach City School District

Lea Jaffe, a sophomore at Long Beach High School, was runner-up in the "Cell" Yourself Friday contest coordinated by Professional Women Photographers, a New York-based nonprofit professional support organization.

Anne Ambrosio, 17, a home-schooled senior who also
Photo Credit: Deer Park School District

Anne Ambrosio, 17, a home-schooled senior who also takes Advanced Placement classes at Deer Park High School, was one of five third-place winners internationally in an essay contest open to high school seniors and administered by the Ayn Rand Institute. For winning, she received a $1,000 college scholarship.

Domenico Pietromonaco, above, and Jay Shah, seniors at
Photo Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District

Domenico Pietromonaco, above, and Jay Shah, seniors at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, have been named to the all-American Model United Nations Team participating at the Yale Model United Nations Korea Conference in South Korea May 22-24.

Kayla Donegan, 16, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River
Photo Credit: Shoreham-Wading River Central School District

Kayla Donegan, 16, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, raised the money this winter in memory of Tom Cutinella, 16, who died after colliding with an opponent and suffering a serious head injury in a football game this past fall against Elwood-John H. Glenn High School.

Nitish Rajagopal, 12, a seventh-grader at Jericho Middle
Photo Credit: Jericho Union Free School District

Nitish Rajagopal, 12, a seventh-grader at Jericho Middle School who wants to become a lawyer, took home the Top Speaker’s first-place gavel in at a New York City Urban Debate League tournament in Brooklyn in December 2014.

Mayu Takeuchi, 13, an eighth-grader at Port Jefferson
Photo Credit: Port Jefferson School District

Mayu Takeuchi, 13, an eighth-grader at Port Jefferson Middle School, gave correct answers to all 25 questions on the 2014 American Mathematics Contest. Only 214 of more than 130,000 participants nationwide last fall had perfect scores.

Samantha Marcus, 17, a senior at Jericho High

Samantha Marcus, 17, a senior at Jericho High School, has raised more than $35,000 over the past three years for Sunrise Day Camp in Wheatley Heights, which focuses on serving children who have cancer.

Heather Farley, 16, a junior at William Floyd

Heather Farley, 16, a junior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, was among an elite group of 20 students worldwide chosen to attend Nobel Week in Sweden in December 2014.

Cory Nichols, 14, a freshman at Oceanside High
Photo Credit: Nichols family

Cory Nichols, 14, a freshman at Oceanside High School, purchases food monthly through his nonprofit C the Difference: Cory Cares, and gives it to a pantry operated by St. Anthony's Church in Oceanside. During holiday times, he also supplies food to Oceanside Community Service, he said.

Michael Saxer, 17, a senior at St. Anthony's
Photo Credit: St. Anthony's High School

Michael Saxer, 17, a senior at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, is a practiced juggler of a wide range of activities: He is a technological whiz, pipe major of the school's Celtic Friars Bagpipe Band, and a Eucharistic minister and altar server both in school and at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn.

Tazim Merchant, 17, a Locust Valley High School
Photo Credit: Locust Valley Central School District

Tazim Merchant, 17, a Locust Valley High School senior, recently created a program that matches members of the National Honor Society chapter with middle and high school students in need of academic assistance.

Emily Pashinsky, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville
Photo Credit: Hofstra University

Emily Pashinsky, 15, a sophomore at Ward Melville High School, won a $3,000 college scholarship for taking first place in the "Celebration of Suburban Diversity" 2014 Student Essay Contest.

Jerinna Solages, 14, an eighth-grader at Edmund Miles

Jerinna Solages, 14, an eighth-grader at Edmund Miles Middle School in Amityville, penned her debut novel last spring and began work on a sequel during the summer.

Alyse Gordon, 17, a senior at Oyster Bay

Alyse Gordon, 17, a senior at Oyster Bay High School, has volunteered for an array of local service projects in recent years through her school's Interact Club. She also has traveled to Cambodia, Costa Rica and Tanzania for efforts ranging from teaching English to helping construct schools.

Ava Della Pietra, 9, a fourth-grader at W.S.

Ava Della Pietra, 9, a fourth-grader at W.S. Mount Elementary School in Stony Brook, is in the midst of a six-city national tour of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a musical based on the 1954 film.

Seth Barbosa, 17, a senior at Carle Place
Photo Credit: Carle Place School District

Seth Barbosa, 17, a senior at Carle Place High School, is one of 20 Long Island students who were recent recipients of an Award of Merit from the Long Island Arts Alliance. To be considered, Barbosa submitted 10 to 15 pieces of his work and maintained an academic average of at least 95.

Megan Babbino, 16, a junior at Hauppauge High
Photo Credit: Babbino family

Megan Babbino, 16, a junior at Hauppauge High School, raised about $7,000 to purchase a plaque with the names of three local special-needs students, now deceased, for display at The Children’s Center at UCP Suffolk.

Emma Parente, 15, a sophomore at Kellenberg Memorial
Photo Credit: Parente family

Emma Parente, 15, a sophomore at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, led a dance class for children with special needs during the summer at the Church of St. Aidan in Williston Park.

Emily Linko, a senior at Hauppauge High School,
Photo Credit: Hauppauge School District

Emily Linko, a senior at Hauppauge High School, recently took first place in the Mildred E. Smith Historical Essay Competition, sponsored by the Smithtown Historical Society. She received a $1,000 scholarship and was honored during the society's Heritage Ball on Oct. 16.

Christopher Koester, 17, a senior at Garden City

Christopher Koester, 17, a senior at Garden City High School, Chris Koester, has collected more than 1,100 pairs of socks — many with colorful designs and children’s cartoon characters — for pediatric patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Rae Specht, 15, a sophomore at The Stony

Rae Specht, 15, a sophomore at The Stony Brook School, will receive the Leaders of Tomorrow Award in November 2014 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Long Island Chapter.

Rae Specht, 15, a sophomore at The Stony

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Alexandra Tobin, 17, a senior at Half Hollow

Alexandra Tobin, 17, a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, has mounted a campaign to increase awareness about reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a nervous system disorder that causes severe chronic pain. Tobin, who herself has RSD, has collected more than $115,000 in donations to help children afflicted with the disorder.

Jonathan Kapilian, 16, a junior at Long Beach

Jonathan Kapilian, 16, a junior at Long Beach High School, is among 380 tri-state students recently selected from 1,800 applicants for Columbia University’s Science Honors Program. Saturday classes are held on the Morningside Campus from September through May.

Annika Chang, 11, a student at Commack Middle

Annika Chang, 11, a student at Commack Middle School, took the top prize in an annual poster contest that the state Department of Environmental Conservation coordinated in celebration of Arbor Day in late April. More than 1,200 posters were submitted by youths statewide.

Mackenzie Pech, a senior at Bethpage High School,

Mackenzie Pech, a senior at Bethpage High School, received the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women in Technology due to her passion for technology and sharing of knowledge to encourage other young women and girls.

Brandon Epstein, a junior at Half Hollow Hills

Brandon Epstein, a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, was one of eight U.S. students competing in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing during the summer. He earned an honorable mention and his team placed third.

Jake Rosenblum, 16, a junior at Massapequa High
Photo Credit: Rosenblum family

Jake Rosenblum, 16, a junior at Massapequa High School, has collected more than 300 pairs of gently used boys’ and girls’ sneakers from schoolmates since the spring through his nonprofit organization, called Sole Survivors.

Ryan Leone, 17, a senior at Sachem High

Ryan Leone, 17, a senior at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, was elected to the top spot of governor this summer at Boys State, an American Legion program in which students learn about the legislative process by becoming part of mock local, county and state governments.

Jack Weinstein, a senior at Hauppauge High School,

Jack Weinstein, a senior at Hauppauge High School, raised $2,700 this spring through a "Battle of the Buildings" that attracted more than 900 people and pitted teachers from the district's five schools against each other in a series of competitive activities. Here's the story

Angela Wee, 16, a violinist in the Syosset

Angela Wee, 16, a violinist in the Syosset High School orchestra, performed last week with the Long Island Philharmonic during its 35th gala at Oheka Castle in Huntington. Here's the story

Alex Visslailli, 18, a senior at Carle Place

Alex Visslailli, 18, a senior at Carle Place High School, is a standout volunteer for tackling a series of service projects during the past year, including the mentoring of inner-city kids in Dallas and renovation of a courtyard at his high school. Here's the story

Isaiah Edwards, 17, a junior at Deer Park

Isaiah Edwards, 17, a junior at Deer Park High School, drew accolades from the school district’s board of education recently for his volunteer work mentoring children with autism since his freshman year. Edwards hopes to be a special-education teacher. Here's the story

Madelyn Marinelli, a fifth-grader at Commack Road Elementary
Photo Credit: Islip School District

Madelyn Marinelli, a fifth-grader at Commack Road Elementary School, has spearheaded an effort to turn trash into cash to help people who need water and food. Here's the story

Sarah Laga, 16, a junior at Carle Place

Sarah Laga, 16, a junior at Carle Place High School, is among 24 teens nationwide to receive the Bertie Green Junior Travel Award, given by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Spain. Here's the story

Jaylan Umana, 12, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Orens

Jaylan Umana, 12, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Orens Middle School in Island Park, has led a range of projects the past two years as head of the school's Builders Club. | Here's the story

Alexis Biemer, 17, a senior at Shoreham-Wading River

Alexis Biemer, 17, a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, recently collected 30 baskets worth of birthday supplies for children at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Here's the story

Audrey Zhang, a fifth-grader at Island Trees Memorial

Audrey Zhang, a fifth-grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, was selected to represent New York State at the National Art Education Association’s 2014 National Convention in San Diego. | Here's the story

Kyle Engblom, 15, a freshman at East Islip

Kyle Engblom, 15, a freshman at East Islip High School with a rare mobility disorder, recently led a schoolwide awareness day to educate classmates about his diseases and others. | Here's the story

David Jaslow, 17, a Roslyn High School junior

David Jaslow, 17, a Roslyn High School junior whose family has battled cancer, has helped raise more than $150,000 to help others affected by the disease. | Here's the story

Collin Chipetine, 16, a junior at Commack High

Collin Chipetine, 16, a junior at Commack High School, has collected more than 50 gently used instruments in recent months to benefit the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments in Cateura, Paraguay. | Here's the story

Lexi Zisselman, a seventh-grader at Herricks Middle School,

Lexi Zisselman, a seventh-grader at Herricks Middle School, raised more than $7,500 last month with a “Kick for a Cure” event at Hofstra University to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. | Here's the story

Veronica Zieba, a senior at Walter G. O’Connell

Veronica Zieba, a senior at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, was one of 10 students nationwide to win the National Society of High School Scholars' "Be Fearless" award competition. | Here's the story

Katie Tan, a junior at Great Neck South

Katie Tan, a junior at Great Neck South High School, is coordinating an April fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in which members of the school community pledge to have their heads shaved in exchange for monetary sponsorship by family and friends. | Here's the story

Jill Glazer, 18, won best-in-category in one of

Jill Glazer, 18, won best-in-category in one of the interdisciplinary psychology divisions of the 2013-14 Long Island High School Psychology Fair at Roslyn High School. | Here's the story

Emily Jiang, 10, a fifth-grader at George A.

Emily Jiang, 10, a fifth-grader at George A. Jackson Elementary School, won first place statewide in a contest focused on traffic safety. | Here's the story

Jessica Ouderkirk, 17, a student at Ward Melville

Jessica Ouderkirk, 17, a student at Ward Melville High School, gives presentations about autism to local teenagers to help them better understand the developmental disorder and the challenges it poses. | Here's the story

Hannah Greenberg, 15, a student at Roslyn High

Hannah Greenberg, 15, a student at Roslyn High School, has created a line of T-shirts through a local nonprofit that works to teach vocational skills to people with special needs. | Here's the story

Nate Butler, a third-grader at Paul J. Bellew

Nate Butler, a third-grader at Paul J. Bellew Elementary School, spearheaded a 10-day winter clothing drive at his school in January to benefit the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Roman Catholic Church in Wyandanch. | Here's the story

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