Eighth-grade students Liz Maher and Ryan Smith were the first-place, proverbial $100,000 winning team of the business department’s biannual Shark Tank Challenge for their project “Camp Hope.” The nonprofit business would allow children fighting grave illnesses and their siblings to experience activities including sports, art classes, dance classes and more. Kristina Fuchs and Danielle Lynch were the second-place, $75,000 winners for their company called “Go to Med,” and Lauren D’Amore and Allison DePaulis were the third-place, $50,000 winners for their company named “Wagging Tails.”
It was an evening of celebration as 247 Wantagh Middle School students participated in the annual crossing over ceremony in the high school gymnasium. The ceremony opened with remarks from principal Dawn Matrochano, who explained that the ceremony is a time to reflect on the past three years. “You are stepping into the next stage of your life,” she said. “Great things are coming and you should be proud of yourselves.”
Stormy skies and a canceled parade did not dampen the patriotic spirit of Wantagh Middle School students, who attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Wantagh American Legion Post 1273 as winners of the school’s Memorial Day Speech/Essay Contest. Eighth-grade student and first-place class winner Anna Martorella was invited by Third Vice Commander John Sottnik to read her essay during the ceremony.
Middle school students received a first-hand account of the writing process during a visit with fantasy author Nicoline Evans. The author of “Nether Isle,” “Hall of Mosses,” “Evo: The Elements” and more told the students that writing is a solitary process and sharing her works with students is a pleasure.
Middle school eighth grader Lara Dunphy received a perfect score for her art portfolio submitted to the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Portfolio Project and Adjudication. The Portfolio Project provides evidence of student understanding and learning in the visual arts, and feedback is available for the student and teacher during the annual spring event.
Seventh grader Margaret Gates was a top 10 winner in the Design-A-Card Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Her design will be made into note cards to raise scholarship money for the Judy Abrams/Margaret Fernandez National Examinations Scholarship Fund.
The artwork of 10 middle school students was selected for viewing in the annual Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, held in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville from March 27-April 27. In addition, students Margaret Gates, Katarina King and Helen Yao received Awards of Excellence for their art pieces.