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Carle Place Board Of Ed Recognizes Students

On Dec. 12, the Carle Place School District Board of Education held a community meeting where students throughout the district were recognized for their outstanding academic and community efforts.


Carle Place Middle/High School Principal Thomas DePaola began the evening by presenting certificates of achievement to seven high school seniors who received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service.


“We are here tonight to applaud these young people who have made a positive difference in our community and school,” said DePaola. “It is hoped by their actions that they will inspire others.”


Joseph Malizia, Carle Place’s director of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business, then introduced the first, second and third place winners in grades six through eight of the 18th Annual Rushmore Avenue/Carle Place Middle School Science Expo. Students were encouraged to conduct investigations on topics including aviation, nutrition, biology, earth science, chemistry, social sciences, physics and environmental sciences.


2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners: Heidy Beras, SADD; Timothy Leung, Key Club; Rachael Martines, Environmental Club; Kimberly Santos, National Honor Society; Deepanjali Soni, Diversity Club; Marie Stellato, SPARC/Interact Club; Alec Visslailli, Student Government


Sixth Grade Science Expo Award Winners: 


1st Place – James Wright, “Is Your Bread Safe?”


2nd Place – Lauren Basso and Madison DeRidder, “Which Liquid Helps Delay the Browning of Apples?”


2nd Place – Danielle Grima and Ava Passariello, “Insulation: Do You Dress Your Best?”


3rd Place – Emma Beattie, Sarah Beattie and Francesca Venezia, “Turf Wars”


Seventh-Grade Science Expo Award Winners:


1st Place – Gabriella Deninno, “Are There Dangerous Amounts of Lead in Soil?”


2nd Place – Kristen Erker and Gianna Williamson, “Do Scents Used for Aromatherapy Affect Blood Pressure?”


3rd Place – Elizabeth Blazak and Christina Kapralos, “Are You A Clean Freak?” 


3rd Place – Katie Hutter and Sara Micheli, “Run Fido Run: Does the Color of a Ball Affect How Quickly a Dog Will Retrieve It?”


Eighth-Grade Science Expo Award Winners: 


1st Place – Natalie Cleri, “How Low Can You Go? Chirping Crickets”


2nd Place – Barbara Curran, “The Effectiveness of Household Materials for Soundproofing”


3rd Place – Samuel Sanguedolce, “Can You Take the Heat?”


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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