W.T. Clarke High School held a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 on June 23. Congratulations to all of the graduates!
The East Meadow School district celebrated individual years of service and student success at the final Board of Education meeting of the school year on June 19.
All five elementary schools throughout the district welcomed senior class members from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School for the district’s second annual “Senior Walk Through” on June 19.
The seniors returned to the elementary school they graduated from seven years ago to take one more tour of the building they grew up in before officially moving on from the district. Current elementary school students, staff and administration welcomed the Class of 2019 with cheers, signs and wishes of good luck and encouragement as they embark on their next chapter.
The district would like to thank the principals and staff from both high schools and each of the five elementary schools for continuing the tradition of honoring its graduates.
The district celebrated the Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony at both East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School with a ceremony at each building during the week of June 17.
Each school honored recipients of scholarships and awards for their excellence in academics, athletics, music, art, clubs and community service. Among the accolades distributed at both schools was the Superintendent’s Award presented by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., to deserving individuals. This year’s recipients were Jonathan Melkun and Joel Matthew of W.T. Clarke High School and East Meadow High School’s Christian Cang Cuesta.
In addition to honoring the Class of 2019, East Meadow High School also inducted a new member to the Hall of Distinction. Principal Richard Howard welcomed alum Stephen B. Corn, MD, ’78. Dr. Corn is the founding editor-in-chief of TheAnswerPage.com. The website is a recognized leader for providing comprehensive education on the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis, pain medicine and opioid prescribing practices. Dr. Corn and his wife, Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD, have created well over 200 continuing medical education courses in multiple areas of medicine.
The district congratulates all of the honorees from both East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School for their hard work and achievements to this point in their academic careers.
W.T. Clarke High School students and entrepreneurs Shayan Huda, Abishek Ravindan, Makaeel Sheikh and Louis Zaino claimed victory in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 5. They represented the East Meadow School District proudly and achieved first place for their proposed product, InnoAir.
InnoAir is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma a product that reduces the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. The method creatively addressed this year’s theme of sustainable solutions to Americans’ dependency on plastic.
“Each member of our group has asthma and struggles with the stigma associated with using an inhaler,” said Abishek. “Many of those that suffer from asthma are afraid to use inhalers in front of their peers.”
Each member of the team received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for the school. This is the second time in three years that a group from W.T. Clarke was victorious in the final round, with a 2017 win going to the team Simplastic.
JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.
“This process and project helped us gain experience in terms of networking and presenting in front of a group,” said Makaeel. Additionally, he said, “This project has helped me grow as a person and helped me pursue my interests.”
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