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Mineola High School At College Science Fair

Twenty-two Mineola sophomores exhibited 16 science experiments and projects at the 12th annual Science Fair Molloy College. The goal of the fair is to encourage the next generation of scientists. More than 425 high school students from about 30 schools in Long Island attended the fair, presenting 300 projects on a broad spectrum of topics.

 

Mineola students prepared posters summarizing their research and displayed them at the fair. The project titles ranged from “Does Chewing Gum Have an Effect on Memory?” to “Does Green Tea Have an effect on Daphnia’s Heart Rate?” to “Does Biogenetically Engineering an Organism Alter its Behavior?”

 

“My project was about the effects of an Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine called Terminalia Arjuna and its effect on Lumbriculus variegatus worms,” said Pratibha Anand, who partnered with Samantha Wozniak. “I tested to see if the medicine would help to lower the pulse rate of the worms. The medicine worked, as the pulse rates were actually much lower than they normally are. Hopefully we can broaden the horizons for this medicine and it can be available in more places other than India.” 

 

Kristen Brenes showed her project, “Do Our Bodies Show Signs of Using Deception?”

 

“My project was about how we show physical signs of lying,” she said. “They’re are muscles in our faces that react involuntarily when we feel certain emotions like happiness, anger, or sadness. These facial expressions are only shown for about a fraction of a second, so they’re hard to catch. Using these micro expressions and a combination of other body movements like hand gestures and touching one’s face, you can spot the lies in what someone says.”

 

Claudia Serna, along with Katie Shi, displayed “Can Eddy Currents Be Used as an Alternative Emergency Escape Route?”

 

“Our project was to see if we can incorporate eddy currents in making an alternative emergency escape route from buildings,” said Serna. “For this project the conductor was a copper tube and the change in the magnetic field was a neodymium magnet getting dropped through the copper tube.”

 

Other Mineola presenters included Maria Cerqueira, Linda Jin, John Rhim, Dan Rhim, Joe Martins, Madison Brady, Christin Candela, Sanskriti Bimal, Gina Koros, Taylor Dalton, Christopher Alexander, Matthew Milwood, Hugo Olcese, Tiago Goncalves, Meghan LaFaye and Emily Skupp.   

 

“Mineola Advanced Research-1 students did a great job at the Molloy Science Fair,” said Mineola teacher Dr. Ellen McGlade-McCulloh, who heads Mineola’s science research program. “These types of events are a great opportunity and experience for these students.”

News

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).

Last year, the Mineola Fire Department initiated an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. The MFD is looking for adopters once again.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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