SPARK Team Wins 1st Place

Left to right: Congratulating Whitman’s winning team at the Long Island STEM Hub’s 3rd Annual Celebration is BOE Trustee Laura Carey, Schools Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Walt Whitman’s College-to-Career Coach Mr. Rob Callahan. Students left to right: Mahum Siddiqui, Shahzel Ehsan, Ariel Khatchatourian, Nicole Dia, Elizabeth Fernandez, Matt Roberts, Maureen Leiva, and Joanna Maniscalco.
Left to right: Congratulating Whitman’s winning team at the Long Island STEM Hub’s 3rd Annual Celebration is BOE Trustee Laura Carey, Schools Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Walt Whitman’s College-to-Career Coach Mr. Rob Callahan. Students left to right: Mahum Siddiqui, Shahzel Ehsan, Ariel Khatchatourian, Nicole Dia, Elizabeth Fernandez, Matt Roberts, Maureen Leiva, and Joanna Maniscalco.
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Please join us in congratulating Walt Whitman High School for winning the North Shore LIJ Health Systems (NSLIJ) Spark Challenge. By partnering with over 40 high schools, NSLIJ ignited student interest by introducing them to clinical and non-clinical career paths available within healthcare, all of which require competencies in STEM.

Following their SPARK Challenge visits, student teams collaborated and produced a short video documentary recapping their experiences and what they learned about STEM healthcare careers. Prizes were awarded and we and happy to report that Whitman’s team ‘Sprouts,’ who worked with Cohen Children’s Medical Center, won the 1st place prize.

Congratulations to the following students: Mahum Siddiqui, Shahzel Ehsan, Ariel Khatchatourian, Joanna Maniscalco, Gabrielle Ramirez, Maureen Leiva, Elizabeth Fernandez, Destinee Felder, Nicole Dia, Matt Roberts, Zenab Ojibe, Pooja Navlani, Hunter Goldsmith, Jonathan O'Toole, Rebecca MacLeod, and Sudhakar Sood.

This first place team competed against over 40 other schools and 500 students across Long Island! Congratulations to the Cohen's Children's Hospital Team, and thank you Mr. Rob Callahan.

Original SPARKS Story can be found at: http://www.shufsd.org/News/Story.aspx?id=21768