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Westbury trio wins state business-plan contest

A three-student team from W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury recently won first place in Junior Achievement of New York's 2010 Business Plan Competition for creating a mock business plan for hosiery that could withstand rips, pulls and runs for up to three months.

The Infinity Hosiery plan, which consisted of a PowerPoint presentation, video pitch, and marketing and financial outlines, introduced a line of products including leggings, tights and knee-highs of various colors and patterns and made of carbon fiber blended with nylon.

The seniors - Samantha DiFilippi, Kareema Roushdy and Samantha Wendorf - received $3,000 each, iPhones courtesy of AT&T and the honor of ringing the closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock Market on June 4.

"When you're in a rush, the last thing you want to worry about is pantyhose," said DiFilippi, the team's CEO. "This is a problem a lot of women have."

To reach the finals, the team prepared a business plan over a six-week period and survived two competition rounds at the school level and a semifinal round this spring at Columbia Business School in Manhattan.

Another W. Tresper Clarke team also took first place last year with an idea for a polish that heals damaged fingernails.

CARLE PLACE

For healthy hearts

Rushmore Avenue School recently raised $22,000 for the American Heart Association through a jump rope event. Students solicited sponsors and completed a series of jumping activities. The amount was the most raised among Nassau County schools, district officials said.

LONG BEACH

New high school principal

Gaurav Passi took his newly appointed post as principal of Long Beach High School last week, replacing Nicholas Restivo, who retired. Passi has served as assistant principal at Northport High School and administrative dean at Locust Valley High School.

MASSAPEQUA PARK

Creative energy

Samantha Montello, a sixth-grader at Birch Lane Elementary School, and teacher Brian Mulcahy won first place nationwide in Igniting Creative Energy, a competition sponsored by Johnson Controls and the National Energy Foundation in which students develop creative ways to conserve energy.

Montella's PowerPoint presentation showed the energy people save using reusable bottles. She won a solar-powered backpack, which recharges electrical devices, and Mulcahy attended the 2010 Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.

ROSLYN HEIGHTS

Cyber success

A Roslyn High School team - Aarshia Alami, Jae Jun and Paul Rogofsky - won $15,000 last month in the U.S. Army's eCybermission Program, a competition in using creative approaches to solve community problems. The Roslyn trio studied how social settings and other factors can contribute to obesity, and it was among 96 teams nationwide to present research last week at the 2010 National Judging and Educational Event in Baltimore.

COUNTYWIDE

Continuing Haiti relief

Dozens of Nassau County schools continued their relief efforts to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake during the final months of the school year.

At Herricks High School, social studies classes collected nearly $9,000 in student and family donations to benefit the Clinton Foundation, while Archer Street Elementary School in Freeport raised roughly $3,200 in donations for the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.

In Levittown, Division Avenue High School held fundraisers - including a bake sale and free-throw shooting contest - that netted $3,000 for the nonprofit Partners in Health.

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf raised $1,500 for Institut Montfort in Haiti, a boarding school that provides vocational training for the deaf.

ISLANDWIDE

State Scholar/Athletes

A total of 506 sports teams from Long Island high schools were named Scholar/Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for achieving academic averages of 90 or better in the spring sports season. Local teams were:

Bellmore:boys baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and girls' badminton, golf, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at John F. Kennedy High School; boys' baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and girls' badminton, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Mepham High School; Bethpage: boys' tennis, track and field and volleyball, and girls' badminton, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Bethpage High School; East Meadow: boys' tennis and track and field, and girls' badminton, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at East Meadow High School; Farmingdale: boys' baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field and volleyball and girls' badminton, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Farmingdale High School; Hicksville: boys' lacrosse, tennis, track and field and volleyball, and girls' lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Hicksville High School; Massapequa: boys' baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and girls' lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Massapequa High School; North Massapequa: boys' baseball, lacrosse, tennis and volleyball, and girls' lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Plainedge High School; Seaford:boys' track and field, and girls' lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Seaford High School; Wantagh:boys' baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and girls' badminton, lacrosse, softball and track and field teams at Wantagh High School; Westbury:boys' tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and girls' badminton, lacrosse and track and field teams at W. Tresper Clarke High School.

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