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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

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).


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 


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