Kennedy Team Earns $3,000 Prize at Northwell Health SPARK Challenge

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Two teams from Kennedy High School presented in the Northwell Health SPARK Challenge competition, netting a $3,000 award.   

“The competition actually began last fall, when two groups of Kennedy students from science and engineering classes shadowed professionals in different departments of the Northwell Health System,” said science and STEM chair Robert Soel.  

The students completed the competition when teams from across Long Island came together to give presentations about the various professions and departments at Northwell Health on April 12.

Kennedy’s ASR/biology team won second place for their oral presentation and third place for their career advertisement poster representing the Emergency Department from North Shore-LIJ. Their combined prize includes a $3,000 award to be used for a field trip chosen by the 14-member student team and their teacher. 

Olivia Mark, Nicole Khouryawad, Chloe Rome, Lucas Rosen, Jake Levine, Peter Giannaris, Jonathan Mashal, Nina Weissbach, Amanda Schleider, Hunter Moran, Whitney Sussman, Claudia Dryer, Vicky Dina and Lauren Rhakimov were led by their team advisor Barbi Frank. Alexandra Brinton, Samantha Beigelman, Dylan Judd, Daniel Wadler, Calvin Gibson, Jack Kelly, Scott Fingeroth and Justin Cacciatore were led by team advisor Cara Prinzevalli.  

“We are also very proud of the hard work and participation of our second SPARK team which created a presentation about their career shadow day experiences with the Northwell Department of Industrial Engineering,” added Soel.