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Central Seniors Chosen as 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalists

Two seniors were recently selected as Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalists.

Sara Samir from Calhoun High School and Maximilian Bazil from Kennedy High School were honored for their contributions to the community and the science field.

After the applicant pool was whittled down from 86,000 applicants, 1,914 students were chosen from across the country.

They are currently submitting their semifinalist applications to be reviewed in January.

After the review, 250 semifinalists will advance as regional finalists with 150 becoming Coca-Cola Scholars. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation exists to better the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service and action that positively affect others.

Four Seniors Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

The high school district is proud to announce that four seniors have been selected as scholars in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search, (formerly known as the Intel STS).

Rachel Jozwik of Mepham High School and Claire Kelly, Jennifer Rakhimov and Michael Sternbach of Kennedy High School are among 300 nationally recognized semifinalists in the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition often considered the “Junior Nobel Prize.”

“These students are exemplary young scientists driven by a passion for discovery in their chosen fields of study,” said District Science Chair Robert Soel. “Their scientific investigations involved hundreds of hours of work under the mentorship of cooperating scientists in the field.”
“They are multifaceted, talented young people who are continually expanding their creative horizons,” added District Science Chair Patrick Mannion.
Jozwik’s research is titled “Correlation Between the rs53576 SNP and Stress Levels in High School Students;” Kelly’s research is titled “Impulsivity as a Predictor for Enhanced Attention Toward Novel Drug-Paired Cues;” Rakhimov’s research is titled “Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy in Degenerated Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells;” and Sternbach’s research is titled “Are Yield Curve Inversions Harbingers of Economic Contractions in Emerging Market and Excessively Debt-Ridden Countries?”

“They are wonderful role models for their peers and the entire school community is proud of their outstanding achievements,” added Soel.
Later this month, 40 finalists will be named and invited to Washington, D.C. in March, where they will display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for additional awards, including the top prize of $250,000.

Kennedy Government Classes Raise Funds for Adopt-a-Battalion

Students enrolled in the Senior Participation in Government and AP Government classes at Kennedy High School raise money and collected donations for active service members stationed overseas.

At the suggestion of AP Government teacher Kara McManus, Kennedy students selected the volunteer-based Adopt-a-Battalion organization to provide packages containing toiletries, candy, and socks for troops.

Since October, AP government students hosted numerous events as part of their service learning project and the fundraising efforts benefited Adopt-a-Battalion.

“Our students organized several fundraisers including bake sales, selling yellow ribbons for Veterans Day,” said District Social Studies Chairperson Karen McGuinness. “Students also collected loose change and solicited donations of toiletries from companies in the area. On Dec. 3, student volunteers also helped to package donations at a Knights of Columbus hall in Massapequa Park.”

The group raised more than $1,300.

“This will help to ease their lives while deployed overseas,” explained Richard Olson, an Adopt-a-Battalion representative. "It is so heartwarming to see young men and women taking an interest today in our service members overseas protecting us. "

Kennedy’s Taylor Bruno Wrestles School’s First Female Win

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Taylor Bruno, a student-athlete at Kennedy High School, became the first female wrestler in the school’s history to win a match.

The sophomore was victorious in overtime in the Dec. 1 match by the score of 6-4 versus a wrester from Great Neck North High School.

“I don't think there was ever anyone who doubted me or who has not pushed me to work to my fullest potential,” Bruno said. “For this season, I'm really focused on showing everyone what I can do, and work as hard as I can to win as much as I can.”

Bruno developed a love for the sport around 9 years old after being introduce to it by a cousin who achieved All-American wrestler status in college.

“When I’m asked what I like most about wrestling there is not just one answer,” Bruno said. “I like the one-on-one competition so you can really find out who the best is. And I enjoy the commitment because there's nothing else this serious. I love the bond I have with my team; they are really the best teammates I could ask for and I wouldn't have won without them.”

“Since I have been at Kennedy, we have had two other females finish a season, but never won a match versus a male,” said coach Brian DeGaetano. “Taylor is a year-round wrestler who is now in her second year with us. She never misses practice and works extremely hard each day.”

Bruno’s future goals include working toward placing at qualifiers or even the counties.
“I want to continue to push myself to work my hardest and never give up,” she added.

Kennedy’s Jennifer Rakhimov Named Neuroscience Research Finalist

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Jennifer Rakhimov, a senior at Kennedy High School, has been selected as one of the top finalists for the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology.  

Rakhimov’s project abstract, Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy in Degenerated Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells, was determined to be among the 15 best from a record number of entries submitted by students throughout the United States.

After her grandmother passed away while awaiting a liver transplant for the second time, Rakhimov said she became inspired “to find an alternative to organ transplants; to regenerate organs instead.”

“I decided to study particularly in the ocular region because of the background knowledge I obtained at my father’s optometry business,” she added. “The eye is just one organ. Maybe I can amplify my research into other organs as well.”

Her research is currently under the next review stage.

“She has blossomed tremendously since sophomore year in the Advanced Science Research program,” said teacher Barbi Frank. “She is consumed by science and is always finding a new way to look at something.”

This award was established to identify and reward high school students whose scientific skill and talent indicate potential for scientific contributions in the field of neuroscience. Four finalists will each receive a $1,000 prize and the top three will travel to the AAN conference in Boston, Massachusetts next April.

Overall, Rakhimov said her “goal is just to improve every day.”