Five Medical Research Winners Recognized

Five Medical Research Winners Recognized

Five students from the high school’s Medical and Health Technology were named winners in the annual Youth Summit research competition held at St. Joseph’s College.

More than 1,000 submissions – in mediums such as photographs, papers and PowerPoint presentations – in more than a dozen categories were entered by high school students from across Long Island, with 200 entries selected as finalists. Guided by teacher Lisa Neri, East Islip’s Medical Academy team entered 24 papers, all of which made it to the finals; placed first in four categories, and won best overall submission in any medium or category.

Lexie Faraj placed first in the category of teen self-esteem and mental health for her paper “The Effect of Stereotyping on Self-Esteem Among Local Long Island High School Students.”

Rachel Florenz placed first in the drug abuse category for her paper “Risky Business: Substance Abuse among Genders and the Acknowledgement of Risky Behavior in Long Island Teens.”

Elizabeth Hillman placed first in the teen health and wellness category for her paper “A Common Problem Amongst Teens: Sleep Deprivation and its Effect on Physical Well-Being.”

Adam Raso placed first in the category of physical/athletic wellness of Long Island teens for his paper “The Effect of Over-Training in Young Teenage Athletes and the Occurrence of Overuse Injuries.”

Klaudia Paone earned the top winning research essay award for her paper “The Burden of Eve: How Gender Influences the Identification of Sexual Harassment in Long Island Teens.”

“Every year these students do an amazing job with their research, and we are so proud of their amazing achievements,” said Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer.