School Notes: Whitman Students Going to Boys State; Elwood Store Reopens

Eight Walt Whitman High School students have been selected to participate in Boys State this summer.

American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 sponsors and pays their tuition.

Chosen were Colby Goldsmith, Tyler Meyer, Logan Slansky, Joe Feola, Jake Iaccino, Nick DeGaetano, Connor Rankel and Joseph Dowling. The program recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. These talented young men will serve as the face and voice of our school district at the Boys State Conference to be held this summer.

The Greenlawn post sponsors as many as 22 high school juniors from Harborfields, Walt Whitman, Huntington and Commack High Schools to participate in the program.

School Store Reopens

Members of Elwood Middle School’s student council recently worked with Life Skills students on the recent grand re-opening of the school store. The store, previously run by the PTA, hasn’t been open in a number of years, and will now be run by the students, for the students.

Special Education teachers Martine Pirolo and Megan Riley worked with the student council and Life Skills students to teach and practice important basic skills that they will need in the future, such as handling money, greeting customers, counting inventory and more. Once up and running, the store will be run by rotating groups of volunteer students each week.

“These are important pre-vocational skills to learn as they get older and enter the workforce, whether in high school or beyond,” said special education teacher Mrs. Martine Pirolo. “And we believe giving students the opportunity to learn these skills alongside their peers can bolster their confidence within themselves.”

Elwood school store

Elwood school store reopens

Robotics Team Advances

The Harborfields Robotics Program recently entered three teams into the FIRST Tech Challenge and placed impressively. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization whose mission is to inspire students’ interest and participation in science and technology by holding regional, state and nationwide robotics competitions.

Hydrofluoric Robotics, one of the club’s three teams comprised of upperclassmen, won the third qualifier Jan. 13 advancing them to the Long Island championship in March. The upperclassmen team also won the “Control Award,” which recognizes a team that successfully uses software and sensors to enhance robot performance.

The program’s “rookie” team, Technetium, made it to the playoffs, winning a second-place medal and trophy.

At the fourth qualifier on Feb. 9, the sophomore team, At Least it Didn’t Explode, won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, which celebrates a team that thinks outside the box and succeeds in making their designs come to life.

The upperclassmen team, Hydrofluoric Robotics, will be competing at the LI Championship in Syosset on March 9.

Student Advances in Science Fair

Elwood-John H. Glenn science research student Rithika Narayan
was selected to continue on to the second round of the Long Island Science &
Engineering Fair (LISEF). This is the first time Elwood has had a student advance to
the next round of this prestigious competition. Rithika’s project, entitled “Orphaned by Laplace: A Tale of Two Cysts”, presented findings gathered in an independent science research class offered at John H. Glenn. Based on scientific observation and an existing law put into place by the mathematician Laplace, Rithika was able to explain why kidney cysts tend to rupture but liver ducts do not. Her in-depth research and well-presented project set her apart from the other participants and was selected as one of five students from the math category to advance to the second round. The next stage of the competition takes place on March 14, and the winners move on to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

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