Six Academy Achievers Win at Youth Summit

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Six students from the high school’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy and Environment Green Career Academy were named winners in the annual Long Island Youth Summit competition, held April 8 at Dowling College.

The Youth Summit is a competitive research and essay competition that draws more than 1,000 yearly submissions from 30 Long Island high schools. The students were given several categories to choose from, and then were required to research the topic or create a video for presentation to the event’s judges. The research must be based on a current challenge facing Long Island’s younger generation. 

From the Medical Academy, project winners were Meaghan Coles and Hetal Patel for the topic of mental health, self-esteem and wellness; Dayre Tello for inequality on Long Island; and Grace Vaca for substance abuse. From the Environment Green Academy, project winners were Michaela Fehn for the topic of solid waste and Christina Murphy for climate change. All six East Islip students will receive a paid internship this summer at one of Northwell Health’s hospitals, and earned scholarship money to take courses at Dowling College.

“Once again, East Islip families can be very proud of their students and what they continue to achieve as students of the Career Academy programs,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “As the coordinator of these Career Academies, I am extremely proud of all these students and their commitment to challenging themselves and competing to be the best they can be against so many other high schools on Long Island.”

The winners were honored by the Board of Education at the May 17 business meeting.