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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 Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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