Long Island School Notebook: Syosset students win national biz competition

Syosset students recently turned a sweet idea into the winner of a national business competition.

Snack ‘N Board, a virtual company created by students in Syosset High School’s Virtual Enterprises program, beat about 100 teams to win the Design for Delight competition hosted by Virtual Enterprises International in partnership with global technology firm Intuit. Their company specialized in candy “charcuterie.”

The biennial competition, which was held virtually, challenged participants to give oral presentations and provide support material to judges who dealt with their design process. The teams were evaluated on factors ranging from creative problem solving to their use of technology.

The team consisted of “12 hard-working, like-minded students with a passion for business,” said the team’s facilitator, Danielle Garrison. “I could not be more proud of this well-deserved victory.”

In addition, nine Long Island Virtual Enterprise teams placed among the top 10% out of 172 entries nationwide in an elevator-pitch competition that challenged them to deliver 60-second business pitches to a panel of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

These teams and their school districts were: Wildside Co., Bethpage; Munchie Machine, Carle Place; Global Glimpse, Hewlett-Woodmere; Return, Islip; Aquaology, Rocky Point; Aquatic Oasis, Sayville; A Cookie in the Middle, Valley Stream Central; A helping hand, West Hempstead; and Opal, Westhampton Beach.


The library’s media centers

The Connetquot School District recently held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to unveil newly renovated high school library media centers and four elementary schools, Cherokee Street, Edith L. Slocum, Edward J. Bosti and Idle Hour. The renovations were part of a major project approved by the community in 2019.

The new media centers include everything from reading nooks to updated technology to makerspace centers that give students opportunities for innovation and collaboration. The high school’s library also offers a step-by-step teaching area, quiet spaces and sound-absorbing tiles.

“The idea of ​​a library and its design has changed,” said John Allen, the district superintendent’s assistant. “The previous designs did not match the way the spaces are now utilized.”


Super Scientific Saturdays

The Uniondale School District has launched a Super Science Saturday Academy that strives to motivate students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, art and math – also known as STEAM.

The program brings together parents and students to collaborate on projects at home using a science-themed book and materials to replicate experiments. Recent projects focused on building electricity circuits and balloon rocket vehicles that moved forward using an inflated balloon.

“I enjoy watching students and parents work as a team to explore scientific concepts through STEAM activities,” said Arthur Registre, the district’s K-12 director of science. “As they bond with their parents, students develop critical thinking and a lifelong love of science.”


Coca-Cola scholars

Twenty Nassau County students are among the 1,617 semifinalists nationwide in the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Program based on their leadership skills, academic achievement, and community service. Semi-finalist applications will be reviewed with 250 to be named regional finalists and 150 will be Coca-Cola Scholars who will receive $ 20,000 scholarships.

Semifinalists and their colleges are: Michael Crespo, Chaminade; Emily Leicht, Division Avenue; Iris Cho, Rosanna Gao, Great Neck South; Maeryam Nasari, Hicksville; Corinne Dicpinigaitis, Joshua Dong and Harrison Kane, Jericho; Christopher Prainito, John F. Kennedy; Xian Scott, Lawrence; Devin Moore, Lutherans from Long Island; Sophia Stefanakis, Manhasset; Mikah Bein, Oceanside; Kyle Kavully, Plainedge; Tori Famularo, Sacred Heart Academy; Ethan Chiu, Syosset; Emily Monfort and Josh Nixon, Valley Stream Central; Craig Papajohn-Shaw, Valley Stream North; and Nicholas Espinosa, W. Tresper Clarke.


DELETE racism

Four Long Island students – Asha Brown from West Hempstead High School, Annika Duhaney from Malverne High School, Gabriella Pesantez from George W. Hewlett High School and Lakxshanna Raveendran from Commack High School – won $ 500 college scholarships in “Raise Your Voice” – student Essay competition coordinated by the Syosset-based nonprofit ERASE Racism.

The competition focused on discussing the importance of teaching students about the impact of racism through American history.

“Teaching students about the slavery that took place right here on Long Island and using examples such as housing discrimination in Levittown, and how redlining was a scandalously common practice in our own backyards, will help students realize how much discrimination affects the future of coloreds. people., “wrote Pesantez.



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