East Meadow Students Named National Merit Finalists
East Meadow High School seniors Dharsan Chandrakumar and Nathan Siegelaub have been recognized as finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Finalists in the competition are eligible for college, corporate and state scholarships. According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, the 15,000 finalists were selected from a group of 16,000 semifinalists.
Semifinalists represented the top one-third of 50,000 high scorers who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students are ranked with a selection index score based on their combined scores in math, critical reading and writing.
EMHS Students Inducted into Science National Honor Society
The East Meadow High School Chapter of the New York State Science National Honor Society inducted 53 new members on Feb. 25.
The Science National Honor Society was established in 2000 in Texas and has since expanded to 835 chapters in 44 states. Its purpose is to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge, which benefits all humankind.
The 10th annual induction ceremony at East Meadow High School included introductory remarks from the chapter’s president, Nathan Siegelaub, and a candlelighting commemoration by the Science Honor Society board. Chapter advisers Karen Blinder and Kenneth Nyer then officially inducted new members into the society.
Members of the society pledged to be involved in school activities and community service, while displaying excellence in the areas of leadership, service and character.
W.T. Clarke HS Presents ‘Sweet Charity’
W.T. Clarke High School presented two thrilling performances of the dance musical “Sweet Charity” on Feb. 28 and March 1.
The production, directed and choreographed by Kristen Norwark, included dazzling dance routines and captivating musical numbers, all of which were enhanced by student-musicians who performed in the school’s pit orchestra.
The performances were well attended and drew rave reviews from parents and community members, making for a memorable and successful production by Clarke High School’s student cast.
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Councilman Visits Barnum Woods Elementary
Town of Hempstead Councilman Gary Hudes visited the student council at Barnum Woods Elementary School on Feb. 26 to discuss the importance and responsibilities of local government in the community.
Mr. Hudes discussed his duties as an elected official, spoke about local government and engaged students about their council. He emphasized the importance of diligence, companionship and communication, noting that such qualities define students as leaders among their peers and in their school community.
Bowling Green Elementary, Clarke Middle School Support Blue Jean Recycling
Bowling Green Elementary School’s Bee Green Club and W.T. Clarke Middle School’s Student Government, with support from Sacred Heart Academy and Hofstra University, donated more than 700 pairs of jeans to Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program.
Through the program, the jeans collected by students will be recycled into denim insulation to be used for Habitat for Humanity houses in needy communities. The efforts among the schools emphasized the importance of charity and giving back to those in need, and provided club advisers and students with an unforgettable experience.
East Meadow School District Hosts Braille Challenge
On Feb. 1, 25 students from across the region gathered at W.T. Clarke High School in the East Meadow School District for the seventh annual Braille Challenge.
The Braille Challenge, a program developed by the Braille Institute of America, was designed to motivate school-aged visually impaired or blind children to continue their study of Braille. Contestants completed a number of grade-level exercises to demonstrate their proficiency in Braille reading, writing, reading speed and comprehension, spelling, proofreading and use of tactile graphics.
This year, students had the opportunity to meet members of the Long Island Bombers Beep Baseball team, a group which demonstrated their version of baseball using a ball and bases which beep. Third Eye Insight, an organization that offers martial arts, meditation and yoga classes for the visually impaired and blind community, was also on hand and introduced students to martial arts.
Of the regional participants in the Braille Challenge, Michael Taylor, a W.T. Clarke High School student, participated in the competition.
The regional event is the first step on the road to the national competition, which will be held in June at the Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Students from across the nation are in the process of completing preliminary testing in the hopes of qualifying for the 60 spots available in the national competition. The top scorers in the preliminary round will advance to the nationals to represent their state as they compete against the top blind students from across the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Donald Sturz, director of special education and pupil personnel services for the East Meadow School District, said the Braille Challenge is a paramount event for the district, and one it hosts with great pride each year.
“It highlights students’ talents and capabilities,” he said. “When you see what they’re capable of, you can’t help but be inspired by them. They’re so engaged and so diligent. It’s an amazing day.”
The district thanks Petra Tarrant, teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired, for coordinating the annual event. In addition, the district extends its appreciation to the Special Education Institute of New York, Pizza Supreme and East Meadow’s Special Education PTA for their donations and all the event volunteers for making the day possible.
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