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School Notebook: Mount Sinai's win

A student team from Mount Sinai High School made a national splash earlier this month by finishing fourth among 24 teams from throughout the United States at the 2011 National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Galveston, Texas.

To reach the nationals, Mount Sinai beat 16 teams from the region in February to win the 10th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl at Stony Brook University. It was the sixth time in the past 10 years that Mount Sinai won the bowl.

The "Jeopardy!"-style competition tested student knowledge of oceanography and related sciences through a mixture of fast-paced buzzer rounds and five-minute team challenge questions. For winning, Mount Sinai's five team members each received a $1,000 cash prize.

"We used college textbooks to study, so we could go beyond the high school level," team coach David Chase said. "To just say I'm proud of my team would lend some degree of injustice to it. The competition was tough, and we came from behind several times."

At the regional Bay Scallop Bowl, Mount Sinai went undefeated in nine matches and in the finals defeated Churchville-Chili High School from upstate Monroe County -- which won the bowl in 2007 and 2008 -- by a score of 65-62, Chase said.

Mount Sinai team members were David Eberhard, Kenneth Gunasekera, Samuel May, Nick O'Mara and Pat McKeown.

"The reason we've been so good is the passion that we all have for marine science," said Gunasekera, the team's captain. "That drive helps us succeed." The competitions were sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington.


5K race for autism

The National Honor Societies of Centereach and Newfield high schools recently raised more than $10,000 for Autism Speaks' Long Island chapter through a 5K Race for Autism that attracted 500 participants. Newfield alum Dan Renahan was the top finisher with a time of 16:23, while students Nick Romero and Matt Bense were second and third with 17:28 and 18:37, respectively.


Television Arts awards

Sharayah Carita and Andrew Sendlewski of Mattituck-Cutchogue High School were the sole Long Island winners earlier this month of 2011 V Awards from MSG Varsity and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The contest honors student-produced content and received 3,600 entries.

The duo won the "Best Story of My School" category for their entry, "Tractor Day," earning the high school $5,000 toward its multimedia program.


Robotics award

Patchogue-Medford High School's robotics team No. 329 won the Team Spirit Award last month at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis. They were the only Long Island team to win an award. To reach the nationals they won the Chairman's Award at the Long Island level in March.


Elementary science fair

Seven Suffolk County students were winners this month in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Elementary School Science Fair. The event drew 550 entries from 118 schools that were judged by lab scientists and local teachers. Winners in varying grade levels were: Bayport: Phil Tubiolo of James Wilson Young Middle School; Commack: Amanda Osman of Burr Intermediate School; Hauppauge: Hannah Fioramonti of Pines Elementary School; Huntington: Riley Ackerman of Flower Hill Primary School; Northport:Isabella DeBrino and Peyton Schilling of Bellerose Avenue Elementary School; Shoreham:Danielle Ohrtman of Miller Avenue Elementary School.


Science, math winners

Fourteen Long Island high schoolers were winners in various categories at the 2011 Noyce High School Science & Mathematics Symposium at Dowling College in Oakdale. The event -- coordinated by the National Science Foundation and New York State Marine Education Association -- allowed students to showcase various research projects and attend science workshops.

Commack:Steve Jang and Casey Keller of Commack High School; Huntington:Holly Flores of Huntington High School; Islip: Emily Smith of Islip High School; Lindenhurst: Courtney DiGia of Lindenhurst High School; Manhasset:Jonathan Tam of Manhasset High School; Mineola: Nick LaBarbera of Mineola High School; North Babylon:Peter DeBlasi and Kevin Schmid of North Babylon High School; Port Washington: Sahil Doshi and Drew Feldman of Schreiber High School; Sayville: Kathreen and Susan Mangaluz of Sayville High School; West Islip: John Blank of West Islip High School.


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