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Wellington C. Mepham High School

2401 Camp Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Eric Gomez

Assistant Principals:
Dr. Jennifer B. Carne, Ed.D
Mr. Andrew DelRosario
Mr. Christopher Safina
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    Duo Gains Real-Life Courtroom Experiences

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    Two juniors in the Central High School District are receiving real-life experience in the judicial system.  

    Callie Burns of Kennedy High School and Emma DeOliveira of Mepham High School are volunteer advocates for Nassau County’s Adolescent Diversion Program.

    “This experience really shows us different aspects of the law and allows us to experience in a courtroom setting,” DeOliveira said.

    The goal of Adolescent Diversion is to reduce convictions and recidivism rates among this vulnerable age group. In Nassau County, all 16- and 17-year-old respondents who are facing non-violent criminal charges in Nassau County are immediately referred to ADP. 

    Burns, who is working on her Advanced Science Research project, is investigating the suspension and expulsion rates in high school students throughout Long Island. 

    “Instead of juvenile correction, I act as a prosecutor and study police reports, similar cases, and meet with the client,” she explained. “Then I work with the team to present the case, as well as opening and closing remarks, to a judge. The judge is either a senior advocate in the program as well or a real court judge.”

    The defense, also comprised of a panel of high school advocates, then offers a sentence that does not involve incarceration. 

    “It can be community service or them serving on juries for other cases,” added DeOliveira.

    The Nassau County Courts then takes over to see that the defendant completes their sentence.

    “If he doesn’t comply then his case is put into real court and he has the potential of serving time in juvenile detention,” explained Burns.

    Both Burns and DeOliveira agreed that most of the defendants they’ve come into contact with choose to use the experience as a learning process.
    “The process shows you that kids really do change from this program,” DeOliveira.

    Mepham’s Ronald Reznik Drafts Education Law

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    Ronald Reznik, a sophomore at Mepham High School, will be taking part in the National Association of Gifted Children's legislative advocacy in Washington, D.C. in March 17-18 and will be speaking with U.S. senators and representatives on the topic of gifted education. 

    After researching gifted education programs for a year and a half, Reznik encountered a Johns Hopkins University professor who currently serves as the president of the National Association of Gifted Children.

    “He asked me to join them in Washington, D.C., as they haven’t had a student present at the advocacy before,” Reznik explained. “He said my perspective would be valuable.” 

    Reznik, 14, has also written a draft for a law on gifted education in New York State, and a bill based on his proposal will be introduced by New York State Assemblyman David McDonough on the floor of the Assembly soon.

    “My speech will focus on how gifted education should be more widespread on a national level,” he explained. “Currently, only one federal program exists to fund gifted education and it’s only research-based.”

    Reznik was also awarded a Gold Key by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for a critical essay on the same topic, titled "Equality is not Equity: The Case for Gifted Education" in the Northeast United States region, with the work now moving on to national consideration. In addition, his piece on standardized testing, "Putting Standardized Testing to the Test", won a Silver Key in the same contest.

    Mepham’s Sabrina Iraggi Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

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    Sabrina Iraggi, a senior at Mepham High School, was recently recognized for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    Iraggi volunteers at The Book Fairies, a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes books for children in various underserved communities in New York City and Long Island. She began volunteering for this organization during the summer of 2019 and continues to do so once or twice a month. 
    She assists with sorting materials and organizing pick-ups and donations, in addition to helping train new volunteers. 

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amount of their time to serve their communities, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

    Live from New York, It’s Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Students

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    On Feb. 11, 17 Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting students visited NBC Studios in New York for a studio tour and a panel discussion on the floor of the famed studio 8H — the Saturday Night Live Studio. 

    Sophomores and juniors from the program had the opportunity to talk with Vice President of Studio Operations Mary Beth Scalici, Director of Staging Jim Benjamin, Technical Manager Alina Chaban, Technical Director Gil Muro, Camera Operator Paul Cangialosi and Stage Manager Mark Schmidt. 
    Scalici remarked how fortunate the students were to be in a program like BMB in high school and how they would "have a leg up on the competition when they begin to look for opportunities in the future."  

    Junior Emily Rosenberg said being on the trip “really showed her how hard you have to work if you want to move up in the world of broadcasting.”

    "It makes me want to work even harder to make BMB more like NBC,” Broadcasting teacher Lisa Kalish commented. "Trips like this are so inspiring for our students and we can't wait to come back next year."  

    VIDEO: Kennedy Hosts District’s First Robotics Tournament

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    Kennedy High School hosted an all-day VEX Robotics VRC Tournament on Jan. 25 that drew 25 teams from 18 schools across the New York region.

    At the VEX Robotics Tower Takeover Competition, each teams' robot and engineering notebook was evaluated to score the design process, testing and programming of their robot throughout the 2019-20 VEX competition season. Teams were also judged individually in a skills field where they had to demonstrate their robot's abilities, driver skills and autonomous programming.   

    Kennedy had three teams representing Bellmore-Merrick, while Calhoun and Mepham High School each had one. Robotics team coaches included Deanna Ocampo and Helmut Schleith from Kennedy, Craig Celeste from Calhoun, and Diana Nigro from Mepham. Ocampo, a Kennedy science and technology teacher, also worked for months planning the tournament arranging for judges and volunteers while also serving as tournament manager.

    “During the competition matches, all district teams advanced successfully through the morning qualifier rounds,” said Robert Soel, a science chairperson at Kennedy and districtwide STEM Education chair.  

    The Kennedy Team B ranked no. 6 in the tournament going into the afternoon elimination matches. Kennedy Team A advanced to the quarterfinals.

    "The dedication of the Kennedy teams has been amazing,” said Ocampo. “This season, they spent many late nights and off-periods, building, testing and redesigning their robots to make them better and better for competition. I am so proud of their performance at the tournament and their complex robot designs this season." 

    Calhoun's team advanced all the way to the semifinal brackets. Kennedy’s Team B also placed eighth in Tournament Skills ranking. 

    The Calhoun team also earned a special Judges' Award in recognition of their exemplary effort and perseverance at the tournament.
    “They were recognized for working at such a high level as a first-year team with limited supplies, while thinking outside the box to create a complex system with innovative design,” explained Craig Celeste, an engineering teacher and Calhoun Robotics Club faculty adviser.

    “The Robotics Club was very proud to have scored points in the skills, autonomous and controlled categories for this season's Tower Takeover Match,” added Diana Nigro, a Mepham science teacher and Robotics Club faculty adviser.

    Bellmore-Merrick’s robotics initiative continues to be a huge success. 

    “Students in all of our schools are discovering their passion for engineering and programming as members of the Robotics teams after school and in our engineering elective courses as well,” added Soel. “The energy, skill and passion for STEM which the students displayed at the tournament was inspiring and so much fun to be a part of.”

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