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Herricks Student Headed To D.C.

Herricks High School student Ankoor Talwar was one of five students chosen to compete as a national finalist in the Junior Science and Humanities Competition scheduled for April 23-27 in Washington, D.C. 

 

Talwar, 17, was selected from a group of 230 high school students at the regional Junior Science and Humanities competition which was held on March 9 at York College. Only qualified students were invited to present their PowerPoint of their research by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in their regional symposia.

 

Talwar’s project is entitled, “An in vitro Assessment of Nitric Oxide –Releasing Nanoparticles as a Potential Drug Delivery Vehicle for Treating Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Vascular Inflammation.” He is aiming to test a nano-particle drug delivery vehicle on treating

hypertension.

 

“I was always interested in cardio-pulmonary research, he said in a recent interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. “My interest first blossomed when I read this first book with my dad called Every Second Counts, which talks about the first heart transplant.

I thought it was interesting in the steps that were taken to perform the first one.”

 

Talwar plans to continue studying cardio-pulmonary disease states. He’s undecided on his post-high school education, but wants to get a Ph.D. in biochemistry or biology.  

 

— Rich Forestano contributed to this story


News

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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