Schools: Silver Key Award Winner, Medical Marvels

Classes are not in session but there is still plenty of a school-related activities going on. Here are a few things you might want to know about.

Harborfields High School senior Daniel White recently earned a Silver Key award in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his skills in photography.

Each year nearly 340,000 students submit artwork and writing samples to the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers, which is made up of leaders in the visual and literary arts, as well as Scholastic Awards alumni. The submissions are then judged based on three core values: originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

White has always shown an interest in art and was eager to pursue his talent as he got older. Now he is the lead photographer for the Greenlawn Civic Association, is a member of the high school’s interact club and serves as a rowing coach with the Long Island Rowing Club.

After graduation, he is planning to study photography at University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Harborfields Central School District  Photo

 John Glenn HS Students Named ‘Medical Marvels’

John H. Glenn High School students Jordan Alibrandi, Shayna Purow, Adiya Rehman, Alexandra Haddad, Trinity Hausch and Mary Luyster recently won first place overall in the Feinstein Institute of Northwell Health’s Medical Marvels competition.

The team of 10th graders also brought home the award for best presentation after working collaboratively to write a 15-page paper depicting how they would have handled the vaccine hesitancy crisis that led to the measles outbreak in 2018 (had they been New York State Department of Health officials).

Their paper touched on public health outreach through the use of public speakers and celebrities, the addition of vaccine information in the education system curriculum, as well as preventative measures.

The key points of their paper were to implement laws for homeschooled students to earn a degree and the use of CRISPR technology to make vaccines that are more compliant to religious beliefs and medical exceptions.

The “medical marvels” competed against students from 30 schools from Long Island to Staten Island and Queens, and is the first team to win both awards, according to team advisor Dr. Arnold Kamhi.

As a group, the students will share a total of $2,100 on behalf of Northwell Health.

The Medical Marvels Program was developed to encourage Long Island high school students in 9th and 10th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to Northwell Health’s website.

“I am very proud of these girls,” Dr. Kamhi said. “They worked hard on this and the hard work paid off.”

Dr. Arnold Kamhi, Alexandra Haddad, Trinity Hausch, Jordan Alabrandi, May Luyster, Adiya Rehman and Shayna Purow. Photos courtesy of Elwood Union Free School District

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognized at Harborfields HS

Harborfields High School has announced Aiden Cordero as the Class of 2020 valedictorian and Samantha Lustig as the salutatorian.

Aside from their ample academic achievements, both seniors are active members of their school community.

Cordero, also a National Merit Scholarship finalist, is a member of the mathematics, robotics and creative computing clubs.

Lustig is co-president of Spanish club, president and founder of dance club, and a member of Tri-M music, national foreign language and national honor societies. She is treasurer of the school’s Athletes Helping Athletes program and a volunteer with Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School’s girl’s empowerment program, “Girls on the Run.” While working with these clubs, she also finds time to participate on the high school’s kickline and field hockey teams.

After graduation, the valedictorian is planning to study computational biology while Lustig intends to major in neuroscience on a pre-med track.

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