Thirty-seven Long Island students were first-place winners in a regional contest that asked them to investigate local, state, national and world history.
The 2016 Long Island History Day competition, which attracted nearly 600 pupils from more than 30 districts to Hofstra University, required participants to research historical topics of their choosing through libraries, archives, museums and oral interviews. The subjects ranged from Buffalo Bill to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The top two or three winners in each category are eligible to compete at the state level in Cooperstown on April 18.
“The great thing about History Day is it allows students to develop research skills in a topic they’re interested in,” said Felicia Cono, a social studies teacher at Hauppauge High School, which sent 57 students to this year’s competition. They were selected through a school history fair — with top projects advancing to History Day.
First-place winners in various categories were: Elizabeth Jacobs, Commack Middle School; Anya Chabria, Willets Road Elementary School, Roslyn Heights; Ashley Vincenzo, The Wheatley School, Old Westbury; Frank Hufnagel and Reah Vasilakopoulos, Hauppauge High School; Selina Chiang, Alison Chou, Grace Kim, Anokhi Ladhani, Maggie Lau and Emily Wei, all of Herricks Middle School; Brittany Battista, Nikki Cohanpour, Alan Chen, Esme Chen, Matt Cohen, Alysha Kamat, Karishma Kamat, Rachel Kim, Melissa Lau, Felisha Ma, Vanessa Sun, Ashley Wong and Ania Zolyniak, all of Herricks High School; Rachel Poutre and Lindsay Shatz, Woodmere Middle School; Renee Nakkab, Gillian Polakoff and Jolie Schornstein, George W. Hewlett High School, Hewlett; Benjamin Joseph, Henry L. Stimson Middle School, Huntington Station; Sophie Bernard, Abby Blick, Connor Chen, Ronit Dhulia, Riley Kelly and Kiera Sherman, Harry B. Thompson Middle School, Syosset; and Nicole Avidon of Syosset High School.
A Ward Melville High School team placed second — the best finish of any local team — in the high school level of the New York State Science Olympiad in Syracuse, which included 54 teams. Ward Melville next heads to the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Wisconsin on May 18-21.
To reach the state level, Ward Melville took first at the Eastern Long Island Regional in January. In the regionals held statewide, teams of up to 15 students competed in events such as “Bridge Building” and “Disease Detectives.”
Huntington High School’s robotics team — Huntington Robotics (Team 5016) — is among six teams from the 16th annual NYC FIRST Regional Robotics Competition to advance to the world festival in St. Louis on April 27-30.
The NYC regional took place over three days last month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”
The competition challenged high school teams to put their custom-built robots to the test in three-on-three tournaments.
St. Baldrick’s Day
Many local schools raised money and awareness for childhood cancer research with head-shaving events to aid the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
In East Northport, 60 students, parents and teachers showed solidarity by raising $24,000 through an event at East Northport Middle School.
In Rocky Point, nearly 20 middle school students and teachers raised $7,300 in a first-time event, with stylists in the high school’s cosmetology program undertaking the task of shaving people’s heads.
In Merrick, Sanford H. Calhoun High School hosted an event that attracted 85 participants and raised more than $35,000. “Calhoun Football” was the top fundraising team, with $5,776, and Merrick Avenue Middle School teacher Matt Chicco was the top individual fundraiser, with $6,283.