Schools: Native American History Award; Shoes Donated


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Elwood Science Star

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Rithika Narayan who was recently selected as one of only 1,800 students in the country to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

This is the second year she was selected, but due to Covid-19, last year’s competition was canceled. This year will be held virtually to accommodate social distancing and other health and safety protocols. 

This year, Rithika competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair with her project, “Machine Learning on Crowd-Sourced Data to Highlight Coral Disease.” Through that regional competition, she was selected to compete virtually in ISEF 2021 in May.

Students Win Native American History Award

Three Huntington High School sophomores, Nicholas Zahn, Vincent Grassi and Kieran Husselbeck, collaborated on a group exhibit examining the Navajo code talkers, who played a vital role in the US effort in World War II. They won the Native American History Award for their project, which vied in Huntington High School’s National History Day contest.

This year’s National History Day theme is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Participants in the competition were able to submit work in a variety of formats from individual and group exhibits and websites to historical papers and individual and group documentaries.

Their group exhibit, “Cracking the Code: The Navajo Code Talkers,”  told the story of Navajos who were recruited because their little known language allowed them to develop a specialized code that enabled them to communicate important messages that the Japanese soldiers could not interpret. They played a key role in the war effort and were involved in many important battles involving the US Marines, including at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal.

Northport Artist Wins Honorable Mention

Northport High School student and IB Visual Artist Olivia DeFeo received an
honorable mention at the Huntington Arts Council High Arts Showcase XVII for her piece titled “Grandpa John.” This visual art exhibition is part of the JOURNEY Arts in Education Program.

Olivia’s piece, which will be displayed in the Huntington gallery until April 10,
depicts her grandfather, who died during the pandemic. When describing her piece to the Huntington Arts Council, Olivia  called it  “a quintessential representation of an Italian-American man living in Brooklyn, standing on his front stoop smoking a cigar with the American flag blowing in the breeze next to him.”

Other artists from Northport in the exhibit are Emma Martensen, Justine Abarca, Ethan Koenig, Olivia Jaworski, Gabriella Liberatiscioli and Lindsey Papasian. Northport High School art teacher Constance Sloggatt Wolf stated, “Each of these artists presented work of a thoughtful nature, masterfully executed.” Art teachers John DeRosa, Robin O’Neill Gonzales, Anthony Klinger Cooley and Constance Sloggatt Wolf supported the students through the process.

Soles for Souls

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School’s World Language Honor Society donated more than 200 pairs of shoes to those in need in March. Partnering with Soles4Souls, which distributes shoes to people in need across the U. S. and around the world, students and staff collected gently used shoes, sparking an interest in community service amongst students.   

 According to World Language Honor Society adviser Nicole Correia, students relished the opportunity to give back to those less fortunate, having stated that it has been difficult to volunteer and obtain service hours during the pandemic.

 The honor society plans to continue to partner with Soles4Souls annually to benefit those in need. 


Schools: Students Headed to History, Science Competitions


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