Clarke HS senior named Intel Semifinalist

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W. T. Clarke High School senior Pavithran Ravindran has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Pavithran was recognized for his research project, “Formation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Inclusion Compounds with Urea and Thiourea.”

Only 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the competition. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

Pavithran will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to W. T. Clarke High School.

Pavithran explained that Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), or PHB, is a plastic with many medical applications, including as a possible drug-delivery system. The only issue with PHB, he explained, is that it is very brittle in its natural state, and natural plastics are randomly organized so it is difficult to study single chains by themselves. To try and understand single-chain PHB better, Pavithran encapsulated the plastic within two host molecules, urea and thiourea. After washing the host molecule away, the PHB was more organized since only single chains fit in the hosts. He then studied the crystallization behavior and found that the PHB from urea is less brittle and thus more feasible for medical applications.

His research was conducted at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University in Professor Nadarajah Vasanthan’s research lab this summer. W.T. Clarke High School research and biology teacher Erika Rotolo was also instrumental in Pavithran’s success.  

“This is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened for me,” said Pavithran. “Ever since watching a documentary on the Intel Science Talent Search, my high school goal has been to reach this point where I am able to conduct research that, I feel, really makes an impact.”

Pavithran was recently accepted into Princeton University, and is currently waiting to hear responses from other colleges. He intends to study bioengineering.

Woodland MS student aces spelling bee

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After an exciting competition, Woodland Middle School student Shane Weiner was named the first-place winner of the school’s 2015 spelling bee.

As the winner, Shane will now advance to the regional competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 8. During the competitive contest to determine a regional representative, Shane defeated 12 of his fellow contestants.

The district congratulates the following students on qualifying to compete in the annual school spelling bee:

Leilani Blakeman
Nishanth Chinnadurai
Zahra Ezzi
Carly Herman
Sabera Hossain
Tara Jankowski
Zahra Lakhani
John Meah
Anthony Monniello
Anthony Stabile
Ruben Teixeira
Sophia Yu

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Intel Semifinalist Announced

W. T. Clarke High School senior Pavithran Ravindran has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search contest, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Ravindran was recognized for his research project, “Formation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Inclusion Compounds with Urea and Thiourea.”

Only 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the competition. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

Ravindran will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to W. T. Clarke High School. The district congratulates him on his fine accomplishment!

Check the district website soon for an expanded version of this story.

EMHS sophomore selected as HOBY ambassador

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Sonali Persaud, a sophomore at East Meadow High School, has been selected as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador.
    
She will participate with other teenagers at the HOBY Leadership Conference this spring. This conference brings tomorrow’s leaders together with today’s recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss present and future issues.

Sonali was selected through a rigorous interview process which included an evaluation by faculty, administrators and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her confidence, poise, insight and genuine concern for others.

Sonali is a very conscientious student who is involved in various extracurricular activities. She is a volunteer at North Shore LIJ Hospital, where she helps in various departments. A devoted girl scout, she’s working toward her gold award, volunteering regularly at Sunrise Senior Living.

She also finds time to actively participate in school clubs and activities. She is secretary to the 10th-grade class, a varsity tennis player and a violist. Sonali also enjoys debating during meetings for Model Congress and is a member of the Pre-Med Club, as well as science, French, English and Tri-M Honor societies.  

An affinity for science and the desire to help others and make a difference in their lives, she is considering a career in the medical field.

Clarke MS student wins school spelling bee

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W.T. Clarke Middle School student Yuktha Chiguripati is the first-place winner of the school’s 2015 spelling bee.
    
As the winner, Yuktha will advance to the regional competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 8. During the school competition to determine a regional representative, Yuktha defeated 27 contestants.
    
The district congratulates the following students on qualifying to compete in the annual school spelling bee:

Joseph Aguas
Daphne Bower
Roman Bueno
Tyler Cox
Paola Duque
Nahla Ferere
Frank Festa
Thomas Gregory
Julia Hanrahan
Alex Hastad
Angela Holloway
Alvin Hsu
Shayan Huda
Antonio Ianniello
Samantha Jaeckel
Vincent Joaquin
Patrick Masiewicz
Emma Passariello
Michael Paul
Catherine Posillico
Dylan Santos
Anusha Siddiqui
Christopher Stokum
Elizabeth Tercy
Nicole Valis
Brendan Valverde
Jason Varghese

Yorker Club holds toy drive

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The Yorker Club at Woodland Middle School recently hosted a toy drive to help brighten the spirits of others during the holiday season.  

Through fundraising efforts, the club raised funds to purchase a variety of toys. The club traveled with parents and staff to Toys “R” Us in Carle Place and purchased a number of items, including LEGOs and stuffed animals as well as books and board games.

All items were donated to The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead.

Bowling Green gives back

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Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Abshire’s class spearheaded a schoolwide toy drive this holiday season.

Staff and students made various donations to the cause and the class raised $2,000, which was used to purchase holiday gifts. The class later traveled with parents and staff to Toys “R” Us in Carle Place to purchase arts and crafts, LEGO toys, as well as educational items including board games and puzzles. Funds were also used to purchase other items, including hats.

To assist with the effort, fourth-grade teacher Carly Cutrone’s class created labels which were placed on the gifts. In addition, third-grade teacher Alison Gallina’s class wrote holiday greeting cards to accompany the gifts. All gifts will be donated to families within the Bowling Green Elementary community.

Students named to NAfME All-Eastern Conference

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Four East Meadow High School student-musicians have been selected to attend the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Division Conference.

The conference will take place in Providence, R.I., from April 9-12. The district congratulates the following All-Eastern students who were selected to attend the renowned event:

Sabrina Brody — Viola
Thomas Brody — String Bass
Elton Ha — Piano
Lauren Osojnak — Basson  

Student-musicians selected for the conference were chosen from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the European Music Educators Association. Sabrina, Thomas, Elton and Lauren are considered to be among the top high school musicians in New York.

EMHS dazzles with theater production

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The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild presented three mesmerizing performances of its production, “Bard in a Box: The Taming of the Shrew,” from Dec. 11-13. The comedy was directed by Amanda Priole.

While stranded in an abandoned hunting cabin during a raging thunderstorm, a class of intrepid students search for ways to amuse themselves while they wait for bus repairs. Stranded with no cell service and nothing to do but complain, the students stumble upon “The Bard in a Box: The Taming of the Shrew in 60 minutes or less!” The students ransack the house for props before attempting to stage their own rollicking version of one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies.

The student cast impressed audiences with their exceptional performances, and the productions were well attended and drew rave reviews from members of the community and school district.

Sunday,
Jan 25, 2015