Clarke HS inducts new members into NHS

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The W.T. Clarke High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted 66 new members.

At the ceremony at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, parents, faculty, administrators and current NHS members gathered to recognize new members, who were selected based on their ability to maintain high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Inductees will now join their fellow members in upholding these principles by working to better their school and local community through volunteer activities, civic involvement and adherence to the highest standards of morality and ethics. After new members recited the NHS pledge, they were officially inducted.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo congratulated new members on their induction into the prestigious society, and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in all their endeavors.

“I, along with the Board of Education, congratulate you on this distinguished honor,” he said. “You are all here because of your commitment to service and leadership in and outside of your school community. Enjoy this evening among your parents, friends, teachers and administrators and revel in the sense of accomplishment which is rightfully yours.”

Woodland MS eighth-grade winter concert delights community

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Parents, faculty and administrators were recently mesmerized by Woodland Middle School’s eighth-grade winter concert. 

The program featured a variety of musical selections performed by the jazz ensemble, orchestra, chorus and concert band. The performances drew rousing applause and made for a special night of music.

Clarke HS senior named Intel Semifinalist

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W. T. Clarke High School senior Pavithran Ravindran has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Pavithran was recognized for his research project, “Formation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Inclusion Compounds with Urea and Thiourea.”

Only 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the competition. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

Pavithran will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to W. T. Clarke High School.

Pavithran explained that Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), or PHB, is a plastic with many medical applications, including as a possible drug-delivery system. The only issue with PHB, he explained, is that it is very brittle in its natural state, and natural plastics are randomly organized so it is difficult to study single chains by themselves. To try and understand single-chain PHB better, Pavithran encapsulated the plastic within two host molecules, urea and thiourea. After washing the host molecule away, the PHB was more organized since only single chains fit in the hosts. He then studied the crystallization behavior and found that the PHB from urea is less brittle and thus more feasible for medical applications.

His research was conducted at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University in Professor Nadarajah Vasanthan’s research lab this summer. W.T. Clarke High School research and biology teacher Erika Rotolo was also instrumental in Pavithran’s success.  

“This is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened for me,” said Pavithran. “Ever since watching a documentary on the Intel Science Talent Search, my high school goal has been to reach this point where I am able to conduct research that, I feel, really makes an impact.”

Pavithran was recently accepted into Princeton University, and is currently waiting to hear responses from other colleges. He intends to study bioengineering.

Woodland MS student aces spelling bee

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After an exciting competition, Woodland Middle School student Shane Weiner was named the first-place winner of the school’s 2015 spelling bee.

As the winner, Shane will now advance to the regional competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 8. During the competitive contest to determine a regional representative, Shane defeated 12 of his fellow contestants.

The district congratulates the following students on qualifying to compete in the annual school spelling bee:

Leilani Blakeman
Nishanth Chinnadurai
Zahra Ezzi
Carly Herman
Sabera Hossain
Tara Jankowski
Zahra Lakhani
John Meah
Anthony Monniello
Anthony Stabile
Ruben Teixeira
Sophia Yu

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Intel Semifinalist Announced

W. T. Clarke High School senior Pavithran Ravindran has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search contest, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Ravindran was recognized for his research project, “Formation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Inclusion Compounds with Urea and Thiourea.”

Only 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the competition. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

Ravindran will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to W. T. Clarke High School. The district congratulates him on his fine accomplishment!

Check the district website soon for an expanded version of this story.

EMHS sophomore selected as HOBY ambassador

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Sonali Persaud, a sophomore at East Meadow High School, has been selected as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador.
    
She will participate with other teenagers at the HOBY Leadership Conference this spring. This conference brings tomorrow’s leaders together with today’s recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss present and future issues.

Sonali was selected through a rigorous interview process which included an evaluation by faculty, administrators and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her confidence, poise, insight and genuine concern for others.

Sonali is a very conscientious student who is involved in various extracurricular activities. She is a volunteer at North Shore LIJ Hospital, where she helps in various departments. A devoted girl scout, she’s working toward her gold award, volunteering regularly at Sunrise Senior Living.

She also finds time to actively participate in school clubs and activities. She is secretary to the 10th-grade class, a varsity tennis player and a violist. Sonali also enjoys debating during meetings for Model Congress and is a member of the Pre-Med Club, as well as science, French, English and Tri-M Honor societies.  

An affinity for science and the desire to help others and make a difference in their lives, she is considering a career in the medical field.

Clarke MS student wins school spelling bee

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W.T. Clarke Middle School student Yuktha Chiguripati is the first-place winner of the school’s 2015 spelling bee.
    
As the winner, Yuktha will advance to the regional competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 8. During the school competition to determine a regional representative, Yuktha defeated 27 contestants.
    
The district congratulates the following students on qualifying to compete in the annual school spelling bee:

Joseph Aguas
Daphne Bower
Roman Bueno
Tyler Cox
Paola Duque
Nahla Ferere
Frank Festa
Thomas Gregory
Julia Hanrahan
Alex Hastad
Angela Holloway
Alvin Hsu
Shayan Huda
Antonio Ianniello
Samantha Jaeckel
Vincent Joaquin
Patrick Masiewicz
Emma Passariello
Michael Paul
Catherine Posillico
Dylan Santos
Anusha Siddiqui
Christopher Stokum
Elizabeth Tercy
Nicole Valis
Brendan Valverde
Jason Varghese

Yorker Club holds toy drive

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The Yorker Club at Woodland Middle School recently hosted a toy drive to help brighten the spirits of others during the holiday season.  

Through fundraising efforts, the club raised funds to purchase a variety of toys. The club traveled with parents and staff to Toys “R” Us in Carle Place and purchased a number of items, including LEGOs and stuffed animals as well as books and board games.

All items were donated to The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead.

Students named to NAfME All-Eastern Conference

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Four East Meadow High School student-musicians have been selected to attend the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Division Conference.

The conference will take place in Providence, R.I., from April 9-12. The district congratulates the following All-Eastern students who were selected to attend the renowned event:

Sabrina Brody — Viola
Thomas Brody — String Bass
Elton Ha — Piano
Lauren Osojnak — Basson  

Student-musicians selected for the conference were chosen from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the European Music Educators Association. Sabrina, Thomas, Elton and Lauren are considered to be among the top high school musicians in New York.
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