Students enrolled in Levittown’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center acquired 35 awards during the school’s annual showcase and competition. Orchestrated by the technical center’s teachers, this event provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills for prospective employers and colleges, as well as for family and district staff and administration.
During the showcase, students competed against participating schools’ students in the areas of architectural drafting, automotive service technology, carpentry, computer animation, cosmetology, culinary arts, electrical technology, graphic arts, medical assisting and police science. Spectators also enjoyed demonstrations that highlighted mock police arrests and forensic investigations, fantasy hairstyling, and food preparation and baking.
Temperatures were cool but spirits were warm as residents participated in the 27th annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair. Each year, this much-anticipated event precedes a week of school assemblies and activities in the Levittown School District that highlight ways for students to live healthy lives and learn to make decisions that will have positive outcomes.
Nassau BOCES unveiled its communications command center last week, aimed at providing better security to school districts and allowing first responders real time audio and video.
The center in Westbury provides round-the-clock monitoring and security by tapping into a school district’s existing camera system. Operators watch several screens in the room, which brings up live feed. Operators are not looking at video from all the participating schools at one time; instead video only comes up on the screens when an event happens. These events include doors opening, people in restricted areas, or fire/panic alarms going off.
The operator is to use pre-defined responses based on the situation. If a panic button is pushed, a script will come up prompting the operator to contact the police, and providing phone numbers of the superintendent and other personnel. Scripts were negotiated with the police department to ensure the best response was executed for each potential scenario.
Science research student Mira Sobhy, of MacArthur High School, was selected by The Williams Institute as a finalist in the 2013 Ethics Essay Contest. As a finalist, she will receive $500.
The Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank, provides world-relevant research that is disseminated to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. The institute encouraged participants to choose an ethical issue facing the nation, illustrate how it affects people, and describe what changes need to be adopted for the issue to be resolved.
Sobhy’s essay studied the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, a topic explored in David Friedman and Matthew Zausin’s science research class. She highlighted the negative externalities related to extraction (mining and fracking), processing and combustion, as well as the impact on foreign nations. She then provided proposals for a movement toward cleaner renewables.
NYCM Insurance Company awarded $10,000 for a video which students from MacArthur High School produced warning teens about the dangers of distracted driving. The entry was one of three winners selected from among 48 entries submitted by ninth through 12th graders who attend public schools throughout the state.
Two senior-athletes, both varsity lacrosse players at MacArthur High School, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. Gerard Cunningham has signed with Stony Brook University and Ryan Purcell has signed with the University of Denver.
Seven members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at Division Avenue High School received high honors during the state competition in Rochester in March.
Their performance places them among the top 10 New York State teams within their categories.
Jonas E. Salk Middle School is proud to announce that Italian language and culture students have competed in two regional competitions.
Anthony Bologna, Clare Del Grosso, Jamie Ferris, Lynn-Patrice Midy and Megan Opallo recently participated in the annual American Association Teachers of Italian Long Island (AATILI) Italian Poetry Contest. The students recited Italian poems for judges, who evaluated their fluency, accuracy and delivery.
In addition, eighth-grade student Clare Del Grosso’s delicious ricotta cake was the first-place winner in the Cuoco di Ferro (Iron Chef) competition. Students from across Long Island submitted their favorite desserts, which were judged based on appearance, texture, authenticity and taste.
Jobin Johnson of East Meadow was recently named to the Dean’s List at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Johnson is a doctor of pharmacy student.
The following students have made the Dean’s List at Utica College with a GPA of 3.4 or higher: Danielle Belson, Nursing, Levittown; and Gabriel A. Zabala, Biology, Levittown.
Mohawk Valley Community College has recently announced that Craig Cammarata from Levittown, has completed the fall semester with academic excellence and qualified for the President’s List.
The following students were named to the Dean’s List at SUNY Buffalo State: Diana Berk, of Levittown, majoring in Childhood Education; Jennifer Blum, of East Meadow, majoring in Fashion and Textile Technology; Samantha Thomas, of Levittown, majoring in Geography.
Nicholas Meoli, of East Meadow, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, in Madison, NJ has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 Semester.
Taylor Jones, a Special Education major of Levittown, was among approximately 1,800 students from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, who made the Dean’s List.
Several local students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List: East Meadow: Diana Barsky, Frank Carra, Jordan Fried, Steven Goodstein, Emily Ilson, Brittany Kalman, Dylan O’Keeffe, Allyn Scherr, Brittany Sullivan, and Joshua Vogel.
Levittown: Carly Costello, Kristen Costello, Alyssa Fazio, Meghan Kirk, Michael Pecoraro, and Stephen Semenick.
Patrick Lehosky, of Levittown, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ. He is the son of Michael and Maureen Lehosky and a 2010 graduate of Island Trees High School.
Jose Carvajal of Levittown has recently been named among the Berkeley College scholarship recipients. He is a senior at Island Trees High School.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Division Avenue High School Science Olympiad team had earned the opportunity to compete in the New York State Finals held on March 8-9 in Monroe, NY and has won the coveted Spirit Award. The Spirit Award is earned by only one school each year and is voted on by all of the event supervisors at the competition.
Science Olympiad team adviser Gerard Marzigliano, teachers Sarah LaBonte, Jeff Miller and Meghan Olsen, and science curriculum associate Kevin McDermott all cheered the members to victory.
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