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Bellmore-Merrick Middle Schools Hack Squad Competes at Long Island Event

Bellmore-Merrick Middle Schools Hack Squad Competes at Long Island Event photo

The First Long Island OYO Hack-a-Thon event took place on April 12 at Mineola Middle School and eight of the top coders from Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools competed against 10 districts from Long Island.

“The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Hack Squad unveiled their finest code in the last few minutes to take a leap and finish in second place,” said Michelle Biancardo, a faculty adviser at Grand Avenue. 

The students worked for three straight hours competing to take over territories on a map.

“Each territory on the map is a challenge in a different programming language and the students had to create them within the three-hour time frame,” added Dan Stiglitz, a faculty adviser at Merrick Avenue. “The competition came down to the last 10 minutes of attacks and Syosset overtook Bellmore-Merrick in the final battle of the game.”

Grand Avenue hackers Nick Atsidakos, Max Frank, Anthony Hoffman and Matt Yang were joined by Merrick Avenue hackers Carly Curnutt, Ben Knigin, Shardul Singh and Kenan Yavuz.

Eight Grand Avenue Research Students Earn First Place at LISEF

Eight Grand Avenue Research Students Earn First Place at LISEF photo
Eight Grand Avenue Research Students Earn First Place at LISEF photo 2
Grand Avenue Middle School Science Research class, under the director of faculty adviser Tami Cruz, dominated the Long Island Science and Engineering Middle School Fair on March 14.   

All of the 11 students placed and are the following: Tyler Bissoondial, Jessica Blumberg, Mackenzie Filosa, Cameron Franceschina, Adhith Jacob, Massimo Marino, Dillon Moi, Sahara Partap, Christopher Sanchez, Hayden Schneider and Gabriella Simal.

Bissoondial, Blumberg, Filosa, Jacob, Marino, Moi, Partap and Simal took home first place in their categories have been nominated to attend nationals in Washington, D.C. next fall. They will first have to go through an application process.

“They all worked very hard individually and as a research team,” said Cruz. “I believe the key to their success was their camaraderie and diligence. Everyone helped each other reach success by listening and critiquing each other’s presentations. Throughout the year, they presented their findings and obstacles to each other and discussed possible solutions.”

LISEF is the regional science fair for students to present their research which qualifies them to complete in the national Broadcom MASTERS, which is administered by the Society for Science and the Public.   

The students now have their sights set on their next competition, the Long Island Science Congress, on April 9.


Empire State Trip

entire state building
The Yorker Club had their annual Empire State Building trip on Friday. Advisors Mr. Rummenie and Mr. Bargiel chaperoned this historic day while Mother Nature cooperated with epic views of the city skyline including the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler and Flat Iron Buildings to name a few.

Grand Avenue History Students Broadcast Fireside Chats

Grand Avenue History Students Broadcast Fireside Chats photo
Last week in social studies, Bridget Gumersell’s eighth grade U.S. History Students used the PA system to broadcast Fireside Chats into their classroom.    

Each group prepared a short chat that they read from the library as their peers gathered around an image of a fireplace back in the classroom.  

To make the listening experience more reflective of the era, students also scripted and performed radio advertisements based on products and cultural elements of the late 1930s. 

“It was a great way to help students develop their public speaking skills,” Gumersell added.