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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 debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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