At its March 19 Board of Education meeting, the Island Park Public Schools recognized students for their outstanding achievements and exceptional demonstration of academic dedication and good character. Nine students at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School were distinguished with Student of the Month awards, and eight students from Lincoln Orens received special acknowledgment for their robotics success.
Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman and Island Park School District Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo introduced the February Students of the Month, who were selected based on their demonstration of cooperation, leadership, good grades and other qualities that the district values. The students’ particular traits and achievements were identified as they were called up to accept medals and certificates.
Congratulations to Joseph Angelastro and Kerianne Griffin (first grade), Bianca Urbina Jimenez (second grade), Christopher Forgione (third grade), Liam Risolo (fourth grade), Jordan Leach (fifth grade), Kiara Ramirez (sixth grade), Angelica Adames (seventh grade) and Emilyanne Riano (eighth grade).
The district applauded Lincoln Orens Middle School’s Team Roboticus Maximus for earning sixth place at the FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament at Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island on March 4. The team achieved its high placing out of 192 robotics teams and qualified for the Adelphi Competition at Adelphi University in Garden City in June.
In keeping with this year’s competition theme of hydrodynamics, team members raised more than $2,218 for two nonprofit organizations: Water for South Sudan, which uses donations to drill water wells so that people in impoverished nations have access to clean drinking water, and Paper for Water, whose donations are used to buy paper to create handcrafted origami sculptures that are sold for additional funds to build water wells. Another $1,500 was raised through a direct donation to Water for South Sudan.
Team Roboticus Maximus consists of Fabiana Boncina, Erick Cisneros, Emmalee Egan, Emily Feil, Kirsten Lilly, Vittorio Panico, Cassidy Pena and Paige Perrone. Each student received a medal and certificate. They are advised by robotics teacher Christine Chu, Discovery teacher Robert Ferrante and mentor/Nassau BOCES consultant Mr. Chu.
“We’re really very proud of them; this was really an extraordinary achievement,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino.