The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.
Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in Reading from NYU.
Mineola residents Alex Eisen and John Watts were recently named Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival winners. The two’s original musical, The Dark I Know, was produced last fall at SUNY New Paltz.
Joseph Parrino, a first-grader in Ms. Wojis’ class at Meadow Drive Elementary won a Scholastic “Skippy Jon Jones Circus Contest.” He created an illustration for a new Skippy Jon Jones at the circus book. The book is titled: Skippy Jon Jones Cirque De Ole’.
Mineola resident Danilo Aviles has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.
He will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Lunch on April 7. Following the award ceremony, Harvard professor Dr. Maria Tatar will give a short lecture entitled, “Mythical and Magical: The Resurgence of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture.”
Wheatley senior science research student Tiffany Truong has been invited to present her research at a poster session of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Truong will join eye and vision researchers from all over the world as she presents her first-author project titled “A comparison of methotrexate and mycophenolate in the treatment of chronic uveitis.”
The graduating class at Mineola High School hosts a Senior-to-Senior Day each year to build connections with the senior citizens within the community. Senior residents are invited to come for the day, which begins with lunch and ends with a free performance of the high school musical. Other annual festivities include dancing and performances by many of the school’s performing arts groups. This tradition has been a staple at Mineola High School for more than 25 years.
Marianne Macrae from the Robin Hood Foundation recently visited Mineola Middle School seventh-graders to discuss how the more than $700 students raised to help with Superstorm Sandy relief efforts will be utilized. She thanked students for their donation and showed a short video clip about neighborhoods that were devastated by the storm.
Students read newspaper and magazine articles that discussed the devastation of Sandy and provided personal accounts of individuals who were affected by the storm. As part of their study of persuasive writing, they examined the controversy surrounding the cancellation of the New York City Marathon and wrote editorials expressing their opinions.
Wheatley junior Allison Chowdhury has been published in Tetrahedron, a scientific journal for the research she completed last summer. The article, “Microwave-assisted Diels-Alder reactions between Danishefsky’s diene and derivatives of ethyl alpha-(hydroxymethyl) acrylate and Synthetic approach toward a biotinylated anti-inflammatory monocyclic cyanoenone,” was published in the January 2013 volume. Chowdhury performed her work at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Dr. Tadashi Honda and graduate student Suqing Zeng. She presented her research at the recent Long Island Science and Engineering Fair where she advanced to the second round.
The 1927 Academy Award-winning silent movie classic Wings will be shown at Chaminade High School in Mineola on March 23 at 7 p.m. starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper. Bernie Anderson, Jr. will produce a live theatre organ accompaniment.
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