Smithtown High School East students Anthony D'Amore, left, and Matthew Mullahy...

Smithtown High School East students Anthony D'Amore, left, and Matthew Mullahy took top prizes in the animal sciences and behavioral and social sciences categories, respectively, at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair. They are pictured here with Maria Zeitlin, their school's science research coordinator. Credit: Smithtown Central School District

Twenty-three students with top projects at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair are advancing to compete at the international level.

First-place winners in various categories, ranging from animal sciences to translational medical science, qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled May 12-17 in Phoenix.

That competition, which is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, brings together about 1,800 students from more than 75 countries to vie for a total of roughly $4 million in prizes.

Long Island students selected to advance and their high schools are: Sean Pak, Commack; Danielle Kelly, Friends Academy; Ian Bailey, Garden City; Jared Bank and Matthew Weltmann, Half Hollow Hills East; Poojan Pandya, Half Hollow Hills West; Suchir Misra, Arianna Pahlavan, Shruthi Shekar, Madhav Subramanian and Caroline Yu, Jericho; Kaylie Hausknecht, Lynbrook; Samantha Chen and Serena Zhao, Manhasset; Jessica Goldstein and Audrey Shine, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F,. Kennedy; Jeffrey Yu, Roslyn; Ryan Siegel, Paul D. Schreiber; Anthony D'Amore and Matthew Mullahy, Smithtown East; Yuktha Chiguripati, W. Tresper Clarke; and Kelsey Ge and Leo Takemaru, Ward Melville.

The Long Island fair's first round, held in February, featured projects from more than 400 individuals and teams, from 81 schools. At least 25 percent of projects in each category were selected for the second round in March. Both rounds were held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Maglev Contest

Students at Helen B. Duffield Elementary School in Ronkonkoma made strides...

Students at Helen B. Duffield Elementary School in Ronkonkoma made strides in financial literacy recently with the help of Cathy Ebbecke, the school's math specialist. Activities included comparing and contrasting items to determine if they were worthy of short-term or long-term saving goals. Credit: Connetquot School District

A team from Robert Moses Middle School won seven trophies — the most of any other school — in Brookhaven National Laboratory's 29th annual Middle School Maglev Contest, which challenged students to design model vehicles that travel down a magnetic track. Nearly 200 students from 11 local schools participated.

The team's trophies included a sweep of the electrified track category, first and third place in the appearance-futuristic category, second place in the wind power category, and third place in the scale-model design category. Judging was based on speed, efficiency, appearance, and the written design process. 


Best music communities

Pierson High School in Sag Harbor showcased the community's culture, customs...

Pierson High School in Sag Harbor showcased the community's culture, customs and heritage recently at its annual multicultural festival. Junior Thaily Ribadeneira Amaguay, center, performed with friends and family from the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Credit: Sag Harbor School District

Twenty-three Suffolk County school districts are among 623 nationwide named this year’s Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. The designation recognizes efforts demonstrating an "exceptionally high commitment and access to music education," the organization said.

School districts receiving the recognition are Amityville, Bay Shore, Bayport-Blue Point, Center Moriches, Commack, Comsewogue, Deer Park, East Hampton, Fishers Island, Half Hollow Hills, Huntington, Islip, Longwood, Miller Place, North Babylon, Northport-East Northport, Patchogue-Medford, Port Jefferson, Sayville, South Country, Southampton, West Islip and William Floyd.

In addition, Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station and Woodhull School in Ocean Beach are among 98 schools nationwide to receive the SupportMusic Merit Award for a commitment to music education.


Emerging Leaders

Fifth-graders at W.S. Mount Elementary School in Stony Brook recently...

Fifth-graders at W.S. Mount Elementary School in Stony Brook recently participated in a simulation of immigration to America in the early 1900s as part of learning more about the process that people went through in coming to the United States. Credit: Three Village School District

Twenty-seven students were first-place winners in the Huntington Chamber of Commerce's 16th annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition, which challenged them to deliver business presentations in categories such as entertainment marketing and travel and tourism. It attracted nearly 300 students from 17 high schools to St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.

First-place winners and their high schools were: Jason Brigandi and Aria Eghbali, Commack; Thomas Ford and Colleen Jordan, Eastern Suffolk BOCES' Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology; Dino Galanoudis and Krish Malhotra, Half Hollow Hills West; Wade Leskody, Harborfields; Karan Kaknia, Bhavesh Patel and Emily Tucker, Herricks; Angela Chen, Sophia Chen, Gloria Cheng, Daisy Dai, Vicky Gao, Neha Jannu, Allison Lee, James Lin, Amya Luo, Yash Modi, Janice Rateshwar, Hunter Taubes, Min Yoon and Judy Zhou, Jericho; Jack Conklin and Gavin Solomon, Syosset; and Lloydine St. Martin, Western Suffolk BOCES' Wilson Technological Center.

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