Academic Milestones at Woodland MS


Over the course of the school year, the students of Woodland Middle School have proven their intellect and skill in writing, science and mathematics through a variety of achievements.

Standing out for writing excellence, sixth-grader Christopher Ignatiou and eighth-grader Emily Stea were recognized for placing in the 28th annual World Food Day Essay Contest. Christopher placed third in the intermediate division, while Emily earned an honorable mention in the junior high division. The contest, open to students in grades 1-12 from 46 local schools, was sponsored by Stop World Hunger, which, according to its website, provides food and life-saving aid to children and families of Long Island and works to end global hunger.

Scientific accomplishments abounded at Woodland, with two teams of eighth-graders earning second place and an honorable mention, respectively, for their work at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, held in Woodbury.  During the fair, more than 200 middle school students presented their research and in-depth experiments in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and mathematics to local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their related fields.

Continuing the success, an additional set of Woodland Middle School eighth-grade teams were recognized for their science and engineering experiments at the Hicksville Gregory Museum Science and Engineering Expo. Michael Ettinger, Alyssa Fong and Madison Muggeo earned second-place honors, while Vanessa Froehlich, Zahra Lakhani and Jhalak Lund took home third. The competition required students to conduct experiments using the standard scientific method and principles of physics and chemistry to solve a common or uncommon problem. Both teams had to provide a written report describing their projects’ purpose, initial research, experiment details, observations, preparation of data and conclusion. They accompanied their work with a display board that depicted their experimental findings through charts, graphics and diagrams.

At Nassau Community College’s annual Arts and Science Fair, three teams comprised of nine Woodland eighth-graders applied the scientific method to conduct experiments inspired by “What Matters?” This year’s theme urged participants to think about their lives and focus on those aspects that hold the most importance. Eighth-graders Vaishnavi Adupa, Zoya Cheema and Alana Jiminez placed first with their experiment, “The Effect of Aquaponics on Water Purity.” Taking home second were Matthew Owens, Kaamil Saeedullah and Ryan Schneebaum for their work on “The Effect of Gender on Memory.” Alvin Kuruvilla, Michael Walsh and Alexa Wiencek placed third with their project, “The Effect of Light and Location on the Growth Rate of Bacteria.”   

Forty Woodland students excelled in the Long Island Science Congress, Junior Division, held at Saint Anthony’s High School on April 12. During the regional competition, which was sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the teams delivered an eight-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session, on original research they had conducted in chemistry and ecology. Among the list of honorees, eighth-graders Sarena Sahadeo and Mariam Zahran received the highest honors and the Listemela Leadership Award for their work.

Five Woodland eighth-graders medaled in the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair. The math fair invites middle and high school students to conduct mathematical projects outside of the traditional math realm, requiring them to develop their own ideas, create an in-depth report and present their work to a panel of judges. Vanessa Froehlich earned a gold medal for her project, “Solids of Revolution,” while Ikshu Pandey took home silver for her work on Pascal’s triangle. Bronze medalists included Alyssa Fong for “Math in Music: Through the Decades” and Ashish Johnson and Lucas Mun for “Math and Architecture.”

The district congratulates these students on a successful school year and applauds each of their accomplishments.