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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

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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