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Suffolk: Commack wins science, tech award

Commack High students beat out 11 tristate area

Commack High students beat out 11 tristate area teams last month to win first place in the first-ever High School Science & Technology Showcase. (May 14, 2012) Credit: Handout

Commack High School students recently proved their knowledge of technology in a big way.

A four-student team from the school -- Scott Eisele, Andrew Fine, Matt Green and Kimberly Moonsammy -- beat out 11 tristate area teams last month to win first place in the first High School Science & Technology Showcase. The competition, in a science-fair format, was hosted by New York Institute of Technology's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Their project, "Jerry Seinfeld, the Animated Clown Fish," featured a stuffed animal that was programmed using animatronics to move in conjunction with audio of the famous comedian.

"I'm incredibly proud," said Commack technology teacher Joseph Castrogivanni, who is the team's adviser. "No matter how your day was going, it [the fish] would just engage you."

The team earned a $1,000 prize. Teams from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and Brooklyn Technical High School placed second and third, respectively. Judges included industry representatives, NYIT alumni and faculty, and several students.

"We are happy to provide youngsters with an opportunity to showcase science, technology and engineering projects in a nurturing environment and promote scientific discovery," said Nada Anid, NYIT's dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

The event was sponsored by NYIT and ConnectToTech, an initiative of the Long Island Works Coalition that makes the connection to technology, educational and career opportunities through corporate, community and academic partnerships.



New superintendent

Richard Rozakis has been appointed superintendent of the Bay Shore school district. He replaces Peter R. Daly, who held the title on an interim basis. Rozakis was most recently assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. Prior to that, he was principal of North Shore High School in Glen Head and assistant principal of New Hyde Park Memorial High School.


SOUTH HUNTINGTONIn Rocketry Challenge

Two teams from St. Anthony's High School, a Catholic college preparatory school, were the only Suffolk County teams among 100 nationwide to qualify this spring for the 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge, a competition in which kids design and build a rocket that lifts off to an altitude of exactly 800 feet in a 43- to 47-second flight. St. Anthony's teams went on to place 24th and 86th among qualifiers at a final flyoff held last month in Virginia. Rockets were required to carry two raw eggs, which had to be returned to the ground -- undamaged -- by parachute, contest officials said. The National Association of Rocketry sponsored the event


BNL science fair

Seven science projects were recently named first-place winners in K-6 grade levels of the 2012 Elementary School Science Fair at Brookhaven National Laboratory. More than 540 entries from 118 schools were judged by laboratory scientists and volunteers from Stony Brook University.

Winners were Melissa Brereton's kindergarten class from the East Kindergarten Center in Brentwood, Eva Scotto DiMaso of Fort Salonga Elementary School in Kings Park, Brooke Brown of John Pearl Elementary School in Bohemia, Hannah Fioramonti of Pines Elementary School in Hauppauge, Luke Verity of Burr Intermediate School in Commack, Brendan Gregory of Raynor Country Day School in Westhampton, and Sophia Kujawski of William T. Rogers Middle School in Kings Park.



History Day winners

Long Island students recently won 12 top prizes in various age groups and individual and group categories in the 2012 New York State National History Day Competition. The program, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, encourages youths to explore historical topics by using libraries, archives, museums and oral- history interviews.

Winners were Jonah Belser, Greg Nelson and Frank Poma of Hauppauge High School; Anjali Agarwalla, Si Chen, Corrin Chow and Diane Li of Herricks High School; Dillon Feinman, Derek Lap, Steven Prestia and Joe Weindling of Henry L. Stimson Middle School in Huntington Station; Alexis Corbin, Tara Gallagher and Amanda Orbuch of Jericho Middle School; Nicholas Dilena and Ariel Sobel of Syosset High School; and Dannah Allen, Rachel Krevans, Jonathan Matza, Lori Matza, Nicole Matza, Gillian Polakoff and Catalina Pugliese of Woodmere Middle School.

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