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Levittown’s Nepravishta Places Third in Brookhaven Bridge Contest

Division Avenue High School student Joey Nepravishta was the third-place winner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Bridge Contest. Approximately 180 students from 13 Nassau and Suffolk county high schools entered the competition in which they designed and built the lightest model bridge that holds a maximum load of 50 kilograms. Joey’s bridge weighed 12.43 grams and held 44.13 pounds, which is 1,610.38 times its weight. 

 

The goal of the contest was to promote the study and application of the principles of physics and engineering. This activity also helps students develop hands-on skills and to see, first-hand, what it is like to be an engineer who designs structures to a set of specifications. 

Division Avenue High School Principal Joan Lorelli, science curriculum associate Kevin McDermott and adviser Gerard Marzigliano congratulated Joey on this outstanding accomplishment.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown School District


News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


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