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Commended Science Research Students

Mallory Brady

Brady was invited to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received high honors from the Long Island Science Congress. Her project dealt with the ability of fungi in the roots of plants to help them filter out pollutants from the soil. She will attend Northeastern University in September.

 

Caroline Mueller

Mueller also presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and received an achievement award from LISC. She checked if Tween-80 could increase the rate at which microbes degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to remove it from water and soil in Oyster Bay. She will also attend Northeastern University.

Brandon Sia And Jacob Escobar

The two studied if types of algae could detoxify aquatic environments filled with zinc and dicamba. They tested it on brine shrimp. The two received achievement awards at LISC.

 

Jennifer Godinho

Godinho studied the effects of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and whether these drugs, at non-toxic levels, would harm the development of aquatic animals and drinking water. She took third place at the New York Science and Engineering Fair (NYSEF) in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

 

Scott Shannon

Shannon studied how stars would act, depending on how close they were to the center of the galaxy. He took third place in the andromeda division of physics and astronomy at NYSEF and won the bronze medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair.

 

Emily Abrams

Abrams’ project studied how two pre-oxidants affected toxic algae and ways it could be stopped to benefit water systems. Abrams won first place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

 

Monika Dharia

Dharia studied a potentially carcinogenic chemical found in water and tested it on immune cells, because an inflammatory response is linked to cancer. She won second place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of environmental sciences.

Charlotte Ring

Ring chronicled the effect of acidic precipitation on soil erosion. She took first place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of earth and planetary sciences.

 

Craig Vande Stouwe

Vande Stouwe studied the use of mathematical attractiveness ratios for facial recognition. He tested facial recognition systems, which map faces from distorted angles and far distances. He took third place at NYSEF in the andromeda division of mathematical sciences.

 

Michael Woytysiak

Woytysiak studied the effect of music tempo on reading speed and short term memory. He received meritorious honors from LISC.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

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.


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. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com