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Intel STS Semi-Finalists Announced

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The Intel Science Talent Search (STS) 2015 semi-finalists were announced on January 7.  Of the 300 seniors named, over 40 were from Long Island, including SayvilleGarden CityBellmore-Merrick and Jericho as well as almost two dozen from the five boroughs.  View the full list of semi-finalists.

40 Finalists will be named on January 21 and will receive an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 5-11, where they will compete for over $1 million in awards.

St. Joseph's College Receives Grant for Nursing

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St. Joseph's College received more than $600,000 in state funding to build simulation and skills labs for students looking to enter the field of nursing.  The project was one of 97 nominated by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.  With a goal of filling the shortage of qualified nurses in the country, the labs - slated to begin construction this year - will offer students the opportunity to develop skills prior to their first clinical experience.

Learn more about the grant and St. Joseph's College.

Garden City 4th & 5th Graders Quest Challenge

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27 4th and 5th graders from Stewart and Stratford Elementary Schools participated in a Quest challenge (a program for talented and gifted students in grades 3-5) to find a family 'lost' while on a sailing trip.  The students had to learn about ocean currents to determine where the family was and to create a presentation that would convince the Global Emergency Travel Unit (GETU) to send a rescue party.  Upon completion of their respective presentations, both teams received a sealed envelope with the actual location, which both groups had correctly identified.

"FIRST LEGO League" Tournament

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Ronkonkama Middle School was the host for the "FISRT LEGO League" Tournament where Garden City's team, Webba Robotics, participated with 'Chico Escuela.'  All of the participating LEGO robots were required to perform the same commands, however each team's robot had a completely different design.  "Graceful Professionalism" was stressed for all competitors and high school students, who had competed when they were in middle school, were on hand to mentor the participants.

3 LI Students Named National Finalists

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Jay Zussman of Great Neck was an individual finalist and Bill Crugnola of Jericho and Katie Mazalkova of Valley Stream were winners in the team category at the Regional Award Ceremony for the 2014 Siemens Competition, held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

They will advance with 18 others to the Finals which will be held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dec. 5-9.  Top prizes include $100,000 each for individual and team categories.