Schools: Student Recognized for Essay; History Winners

A Dix Hills student has been recognized for her work in the 2024 Metropolitan Iakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay.
Demetra Manaris, 14,  participated in the contest organized by the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine with the assistance of Athina Filippou-Katehis of the Archdiocesan Greek Education Department.
The topic of the 2024 Greek language essay was: “It is often difficult to maintain our ethnic, cultural, and religious heritage in this multicultural environment, which is America. How important is this to you and your family? How do you plan to keep your religion and culture alive and well, both now and in the future?”
14-year-old from Dix Hills, New York, is recognized for her exemplary submission to the 2024 Metropolitan Iakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay contest
Demetra is a Greek American, with heritage from both Spartan and Kastorian ancestry. She is an outstanding student who has excelled in the first three levels (A1, A2, and B1) of the Ellinomatheia exam, a globally recognized certification of Greek language proficiency. Demetra is in her second year of serving as a teacher’s assistant in the afternoon Greek School program at St. Paraskevi Shrine in Greenlawn.  An eighth-grade student on the high honor roll, she is the daughter of Drs. Anastasios and Antigone Manaris and the sister of Nicholas.
She will receive a $1,000 prize and a Certificate of Participation signed by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.
History Day Success
Huntington High School will send students to the State History Day finals next month at SUNY Oneonta.
Two National History Day projects captured first place in the Long Island regional competition at Hofstra University last weekend. The Blue Devils also won three other awards in the contest, which drew 337 total projects  by more than 600 students. Huntington’s Caitlin Maher Dubnau won first place in the Historical Paper category for her work titled “The Shot Glass Heard Around the World: The Stonewall Uprising as an Ideological Turning Point in the Gay Rights Movement.” Heileen Torres, Emely Herrera Rivas and Jessica Bree took irst place in the Group Website category for their project titled “The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906: The Reinvention & Enhancement Of The Food Industry.”
Robotics Team Wins Innovation Prize
The Harborfield Tornadoes Lego Robotics team from Oldfield Middle School won the FIRST Lego League Long Island Championship Tournament Innovation Project award.
This honor recognizes the team that utilizes diverse resources for their Innovation Project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of their problem; has a creative, well-researched solution; and effectively communicates their findings to judges and the community.
The eight-member Oldfields squad consists of Neela Bajon, Quintin Briggs, Chase Ciccone, Tanner Facella, Andrew Hollweg, Dylan Lakhani, Alexander Prudente and Imran Shah.

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