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Robotics Team Takes First Place

The Carle Place Middle School’s LEGO robotics team, along with advisers Dave Angevine and Dr. Steven Leffler, took first place for innovative solutions at the First LEGOs League Qualifier Tournament on Feb. 1. The award recognizes a team for their original, unique solution to the problem they have chosen to research. The First LEGOs League (often called First) is an organization whose goal is to promote science research and engineering at the elementary and middle school grade levels.  


“All of the competitors play by the philosophy of gracious professionalism,” said Angevine. “This means that all team members must have respect for their fellow members and utilize the democratic method in all the tasks they undertake.”


“Participants are required to research a problem presented by First and this year’s was nature’s fury,” said Leffler. “The students chose to research the problem of forest fires — early detection and prevention. From there, the problem is translated into a 4’ x 8’ mission board where 15-20 tasks or missions created by First are completed. Students then need to design and program a LEGO robot to complete the tasks.” 


At the competition, students are judged in five categories, including core values, teamwork, presentation, robot design and robot mission. They must explain how they promote First’s philosophy of gracious professionalism, demonstrate group cooperation and present research findings in a five minute or less presentation, as well as explain the design of their robot, including the various functions of the three allowed motors.


The team has chosen to compete in the next round, which will be held at Longwood High School on March 2.


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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