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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

A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.

 

In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.

 

Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.

 

Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East

Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000  Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.


Sports

Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.

The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series. 


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