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Hicksville Illustrated News - Schools

A Class Of Their Own

Hicksville students excel

In Doshi STEM program

Hicksville students in the Doshi STEM program at Nassau BOCES have been making great progress, as they continue to work with scientists and engineers from world-famous institutions at Long Island’s first science-centered high school.

Five students from the Hicksville Union Free School District started classes as part of the inaugural class of the Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES back in September. The teens were selected through a rigorous admissions process based on academic performance, extracurricular involvement, teacher recommendations and demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students began in ninth grade and over four years, will pursue a challenging course of study in engineering, research, robotics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

“Students (have) an outstanding opportunity to learn alongside scientists from internationally recognized institutions in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a single district,” said Dr. Thomas Rogers, District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES. “The caliber of the students is outstanding. They are passionate about these subjects and excited to be able to work with peers who share their enthusiasm.”

Hicksville student Jakub Tarlowski hopes that the STEM program will help him along the road to becoming a physicist.

“It’s a great opportunity to further my education in math and science,” he said. “I’m most looking forward to the research that will be taking place.”

Fellow ninth-grader Jorge Gomez said he is eager to conduct “first-hand research” and adds that “I am most looking forward to the different experiments and meeting people who excel in their fields.”

“What excites me about science is that it’s always new and changing,” said STEM student Adil Ansari. “There is always something to research and discover.” Schoolmate Harleen Anand, who hopes to one day become a doctor, agreed, saying, “science helps save many human lives.”

STEM freshman David Huynh wants to become a pharmacist, to “make new medicine that will cure diseases like AIDS. Without the knowledge we get from science,” he says, “we wouldn’t be able to live in such an advanced and complex society.” Hunynh looks forward to “facing new challenges at a higher level” in the STEM program.

In addition to Hicksville, students have been accepted to the Doshi STEM Program from Baldwin, Malverne, Oyster Bay-East Norwich and Uniondale school districts. To see the students and learn about their career aspirations, visit