Seniors’ Project Advances in Science Competition
An original research project created by Babylon High School seniors Emily Brown, Sara Mikovic and Meredith Wardell has advanced to the second round of the Intel-level Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, to be held this March. The students’ project, “The effect of apricot kernels, a proven natural pesticide, on the growth of Phaseolus vulgarius & Cynodon dactylon,” competed in the elite competition against more than 400 other student projects. Based on their performance at the March 13 LISEF, the students’ project could advance to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in April.
In addition, seniors Jed Dale and Max Pitagno also entered their project, “The bioremediation of 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) by Scendesmus sp. as facilitated by Titanium Dioxide & activated charcoal.”
This was Babylon’s first time competing at this level of LISEF.
Panthers Commit to College
Three Babylon High School senior-athletes will continue to build their athletic legacy at some of the nation’s top colleges this fall after signing Letters of Intent. These outstanding seniors were not only selected based on their athletic talents but their commitments to academics as well. The district congratulates the following students and wishes them well next year:
Jacob Carlock – Stony Brook University – Football
Ashley Lucas – George Mason University – Track and Field
Sean Ryan – University of Pennsylvania – Track and Field
Preparing Science Projects with HS Mentors
Babylon Memorial Grade School sixth-graders received guidance on their upcoming entries into this year’s school science fair when 20 Babylon High School National Science Honor Society members visited their building. During the mentor program, which has become a tradition between the two schools, the 11th- and 12th-graders reviewed the status of the students’ projects and provided advice. Meeting in small groups, the students discussed different lab techniques, how to best organize data and how to visually display their individual research at the April fair.
“This initiative provides the younger students with the chance to get a different perspective on their work from our science students, who are considered to be of the highest caliber,” said Melissa Callahan, one of the NSHS advisers. “The high school students are often amazed how the projects can translate to some of the advanced subjects they are learning about and develop a realization for the continuation of learning and the real-life applications these topics have.”
The school science fair is mandatory for all sixth-graders and open to students in grades three to five as well. In addition to entering their work into the science fair, the grade school students’ projects often qualify for scholarships from outside organizations and winners advance to compete in the Brookhaven National Lab’s Science Fair. Students enthusiastic about science research are also encouraged to enroll in the introduction to research program at Babylon Junior-Senior High School during their eighth-grade year. Here, they can continue to conduct hands-on research and participate in science fairs across the area.
Babylon Competes in National Science Bowl
Applying what they have learned in the classroom, Babylon High School seniors Emily Brown, Jed Dale, Max Pitagno and Meredith Wardell demonstrated their academic prowess as they competed in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Lab.
During the nationwide academic contest, the students were challenged to answer a series of questions pertaining to all areas of science and mathematics. Teams of four students faced off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, testing their understanding of science topics including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy and math. The event encouraged students’ involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the nation.
The team competed well in their inaugural showing, but unfortunately did not qualify to move on to the national round. This year’s team was coached by Babylon science research teacher Claire Birone.
Kemler’s Lunch Bunch
Since the start of the year, Babylon Elementary School’s new principal, Jessica Kemler, has made an enthusiastic effort to get to know each of the building’s students. Starting with adopting a class each week in the fall to developing the Kemler’s Lunch Bunch initiative this winter, Ms. Kemler has quickly become a familiar and friendly face to the students. As part of the lunch bunch program, one class has the chance to enjoy their lunch and recess time alongside the principal. The students look forward to being the selected class and are enjoying the program.
“Especially during the winter months, the students are disappointed when we are not able to go out for recess,” said Ms. Kemler. “By surprising them with these visits, I am not only able to get to know them better, but also brighten their spirits while they are cooped up inside.”
Jeans for Dreams
Setting a positive example for the building’s young students, Babylon Elementary School teachers and staff have been raising funds for various charities each month through an initiative called Jeans for Dreams. During this annual tradition, staff members donate money to wear jeans on Fridays. At the end of the month, the collected funds are donated to a different charity. Past organizations include those assisting with MS, breast cancer, juvenile disabilities, cystic fibrosis and autism research.
This February, the school dedicated their efforts to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Teaming up with the “Go Red for Women” initiative, the school’s students and staff members wore red-colored clothing on the first Friday of the month.
Coat Drive Warms Up Winter
Babylon Elementary School students, faculty and staff helped to warm up the winter months for those in need by organizing a schoolwide coat and outerwear supply drive. During the event, the school collected several boxes of gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves for local families and St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the initiative, addition coats were donated to the NY Cares annual coat drive.