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Bellmore-Merrick Salutes 11 Commended Students

Eleven students from the district have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

From Calhoun High School: David Bekore, Matthew Garber, Julia Losner and Rebecca Unz. From Kennedy High School: Ruth Bergman, Chloe Davis, Rebecca Stekol and Alixandra Wilens. From Mepham High School: Rachel Jozwik, Christopher Rosenthal and Zachary Weiss.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of the country out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT last year.

“This is a true testament of these students’ individual ability to tackle a challenging exam and come out on top,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.

Three HS Students named National Merit Semifinalists

Three students in the district have been named semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham all received this distinction.

“Having students earn this recognition is a symbol of their test preparedness and academic work ethic,” said Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction David Seinfeld.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as semifinalists. Finalists will be notified in February.

Kennedy Seniors Named Rising Scientists

Kennedy High School seniors Maximilian Bazil and Claire Kelly spent their summer completing graduate-level scientific research and experiments and their efforts were recognized by the 2016 Child Mind Institute as Rising Scientists.

Kelly relocated to Illinois during the summer months to work on her psychopharmacology project, The Impulsivity as a Predictor for Enhanced Attentional Bias Towards Novel Drug-Paired Cues at the University of Chicago.

A three-year Advanced Science Research student, Kelly is also working on a second project involving Parkinson’s treatments.
She said the ASR program has taught her to “think like a scientist.”

“I’ve learned how to work better with peers as well as professionals,” Kelly said. “These projects have also pushed me to work harder than I ever had before.”

Kelly is hoping to publish new data soon and has taken these finding to numerous scientific competitions already. She hopes to pursue an education in neuroscience in English, which is a narrative style of practice.

Bazil said his project, The Intra-Arterial Injection and Differentiation of Autologous, Genetically Modified Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells as a Targeted Drug Delivery Therapy for Stroke in a Human Umbilical Artery Model, has a “lot of ideas that are preliminarily supported” by his research.

“This could be a fast-acting therapy in the future [for stroke victims],” he added. “I’m already forward thinking to human trials.”

Bazil completed his research at Mount Sinai Hospital in the department of neurosurgery. An emergency medical captain of the junior squad of the Bellmore-Merrick EMS, Bazil said he’s always been interested in neurology, however, has become intrigued by the vascular aspect as well.

He has had an abstract published in the Annals of Neurology and would like to pursue a focus in neuroscience, specializing in a pediatric role. His other research project, completed in May, focused on the Development of a Cerebral Angiography Calibration Model Using Relative Arterial Diameters.

The pair was selected from more than 30 applicants. As a Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist, they will present their research on Oct. 25 at a ceremony. They will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for college expenses.

Bellmore-Merrick Central welcomes incoming freshmen

Ninth-graders across Bellmore-Merrick Central were recently treated to educational and entertaining freshman orientations at their new buildings.
At Mepham High School, students enrolled in the district’s Broadcast Communication tested out equipment in the new state-of-the-art studio. Students within the district can apply for this four-year program, housed at Mepham.

In addition to building tours, students learned about the goals and expectations of the program for the upcoming year.

At Calhoun High School, senior student leaders hosted small group discussions with incoming freshmen about “Being a Calhoun Student.”
"Students were split into small groups and had the opportunity to hear from the seniors and ask them questions,” explained Vice Principal Dr. Neil Testa. "They were also tasked with exploring, ‘what would I want to tell the ninth grade me about the next four years at Calhoun?”

Upperclassmen at Kennedy High School were also on hand to assist, offering insight and advice to help with a successful first year in high school.

“Lisa Scherer, the class advisor, kicked off their first community service project for the year, collecting school supplies for a school in Louisiana devastated by recent flooding,” said Principal Lorraine Poppe. “The day ended with Michael DiGiovanni and his C.H.A.M.P. [Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program] and students hosting a barbecue for the freshmen.”

Girls Volleyball Teams Compete in Friendship Tourney

Kennedy High School recently hosted a Bellmore-Merrick girls volleyball friendship tournament with Mepham and Calhoun high schools.

“The teams had a great day playing,” said girls varsity volleyball coach Katie Sheehan. “This tournament used to be a yearly tradition and I decided to bring it back this year.”

Photo Caption: Members of the Kennedy, Mepham and Calhoun girls varsity volleyball teams.