Spark Celebration Showcases Healthcare Careers

Whitman Business teacher Mrs. Stueber (left), with Ricky Hauser, Sudhakar Sood, Mark Meneses (in hospital gown), Huma Ilyas, Krystal Lloyd, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, Desi Kirina, Liz Fernandez, Kashaf Duja, Gabby Nardelli, Tiffany Chuen, Destinee Felder, and Rachel Vaughan at the Cradle of Aviation.
Whitman Business teacher Mrs. Stueber (left), with Ricky Hauser, Sudhakar Sood, Mark Meneses (in hospital gown), Huma Ilyas, Krystal Lloyd, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, Desi Kirina, Liz Fernandez, Kashaf Duja, Gabby Nardelli, Tiffany Chuen, Destinee Felder, and Rachel Vaughan at the Cradle of Aviation.
Left to right: Gabby Nardelli, Sudhakar Sood, Destinee Felder, Krystal Lloyd with their presentation on rehabilitative medicine.
Left to right: Gabby Nardelli, Sudhakar Sood, Destinee Felder, Krystal Lloyd with their presentation on rehabilitative medicine.
Left to right: Desi Kirina, Ricky Hauser, Huma Ilyas with their presentation on the importance of Language Assistance Coordination in health care.
Left to right: Desi Kirina, Ricky Hauser, Huma Ilyas with their presentation on the importance of Language Assistance Coordination in health care.
Left to right: Liz Fernandez, Danielle Wexler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, and Kashaf Duja with their presentation on occupational therapy in a mental health care setting.
Left to right: Liz Fernandez, Danielle Wexler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, and Kashaf Duja with their presentation on occupational therapy in a mental health care setting.
Casey, Christina, Danielle, Kash, and Liz begin their presentation.
Casey, Christina, Danielle, Kash, and Liz begin their presentation.
Mark Meneses, Rachel Vaughan, and Tiffany Chuen with their mentors from the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Northwell Health.
Mark Meneses, Rachel Vaughan, and Tiffany Chuen with their mentors from the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Northwell Health.
Left to Right: Ricky Hauser, Sudhakar Sood, Mark Meneses (in hospital gown), Huma Ilyas, Krystal Lloyd, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, Desi Kirina, Liz Fernandez, Kashaf Duja, Gabby Nardelli, Tiffany Chuen, Destinee Felder, and Rachel Vaughan at the Cradle of Aviation.
Left to Right: Ricky Hauser, Sudhakar Sood, Mark Meneses (in hospital gown), Huma Ilyas, Krystal Lloyd, Danielle Wechsler, Casey McKenna, Christina Bogdani, Desi Kirina, Liz Fernandez, Kashaf Duja, Gabby Nardelli, Tiffany Chuen, Destinee Felder, and Rachel Vaughan at the Cradle of Aviation.

Fifteen Whitman students traveled to the Cradle of Aviation on Wednesday, April 6 to participate in the second annual Spark! Challenge Celebration, where they presented health care projects and participated in a variety of healthcare career panel discussions.  Sponsored by Northwell Health and the Long Island Stem Hub, the Celebration provided an opportunity for Long Island districts to showcase the work they are doing to spark student interest in 21-century healthcare careers.

Although Whitman did not win the day's competition, our students gave strong presentations in each of their fields.  Most importantly, students had the opportunity to meet and network with the impressive researchers and administrators in the Northwell Hospital System and preview the Cradle's cutting-edge neurodome which projects three-D brain images on the planetarium dome.

The SPARK Challenge provides a great opportunity to bring together students with interests in science and in business. STEM coach Ms. Scardapane and Business teacher Ms. Stueber mentored the student teams.