Aspiring Young Scientists

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Several elementary school students from throughout the district recently participated in the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 2017 Elementary School Science Fair, where the district took home four first place and seven honorable mention awards. The winners were recognized and presented with certificates during a recent Board of Education meeting.

Over 108 Suffolk County schools took part in the competition with only seven winners earning first place from grades kindergarten through sixth-grade. Kindergartener Matthew Macartney, fourth-grader Lily Rogers, fifth-grader Faith Hoerning and Dickinson Avenue students in Jill-Marie Mika’s third-grade class were all named first place winners for their outstanding projects.

In addition, honorable mention was awarded to Bellerose Avenue Elementary School kindergarteners in Deborah Ronan’s class, kindergartener Michaela Bruno, first-grader Matthew Pokorny, second-grader Lily Suarez, third-grader Lucy Mulholland and fourth-graders Jacob Raimo and Samantha DeNisco.

To showcase their projects at the BNL Elementary School Science Fair, the students first had to participate in their school level science fairs. Approximately 450 students from all six of the district’s elementary schools took part in the fairs, including one group project from every class in kindergarten through fifth-grade.

Secondary teachers from both middle schools and the high school judged the projects on several components. The strongest projects were then nominated to continue on at the second annual Science Fair Expo, with first-place winners moving up to the Brookhaven National Laboratory level.

“It is truly an outstanding accomplishment of our elementary school students,” said District Chairperson of Science & Technology Education David Storch.