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Relay for Life

Locust Valley High School's Relay for Life is on Friday, May 12 beginning at 6 p.m. on Fred Smith Field. There are three easy ways to get involved with Relay for Life:

1. Join a Team or start a new Team at www.relayforlife.org/locustvalleyny.

2. Invite someone who has been affected by cancer to Relay for Life of Locust Valley beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. 

3. Dedicate a Luminaria bag for someone you love that has been affected.  

Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria bags. Luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each luminaria is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. Luminaria bags are $10 each and can be “dedicated” on the Relay for Life of Locust Valley website www.relayforlife.org/locustvalleyny.

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Interact Pet Food Drive

The high school's Interact club is collecting food and supplies for an animal shelter. See the attached flyer for details.

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Spotlight on Students

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High school students placed themselves in the spotlight as they highlighted their talents during the school’s annual Spotlight Night.  The event is an opportunity for writers, musicians and artists to take the stage and perform for their friends and family in a casual environment.

Original stories and poems were performed along with covers of musical pieces with various instruments and vocals. The evening is an outlet for creativity and artistry.

HS Spring Monologue Show Rescheduled

The high school's Spring Monologue Show originally scheduled for April 26 has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Fashionable Fundraiser

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The Class of 2017 showed off the latest fashions during the annual senior fashion show as they strutted down the red carpet in style. From casual styles to formal wear, the senior models made all the fashions look great.

Students not only walked the red carpet but also shared the responsibilities of serving as masters of ceremonies, as well as working the lighting and music.  

The success of this event is due to the collaborative efforts of parents, faculty, students and the stores that donate the clothing that is worn in the show. Funds raised help to offset the cost of the senior prom.  

Check out the slideshow to see a sampling of some of the models and fashions.

Juniors Get a Peek at Career Options

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High School juniors had the opportunity to learn about 50 careers during the annual Junior Career Fair. Students rotated through the high school gymnasium where rows of tables were set up for each professional to display information about their occupation.

Some of the guests were self-employed, while others worked for either small companies or large organizations. Students were given a list of suggested questions and encouraged to ask each professional about their jobs, how they chose their fields, what skills are needed and other inquiries that would give them insight to these careers. Participants learned about a variety of jobs, including architect, doctor, author, artist, attorney, engineer, police officer, firefighter and more. 

Special thanks to the professionals who took time out of their schedules to be part of this event and to Tina Hament and Kelly Reno for their hard work ensuring that the career fair would be organized and useful for those attending.

Sophomore Named Semifinalist in National Science Competition

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High School sophomore Nicole Dressler combined her scientific skills, artisticability and imagination to become one of only 20 semifinalists nationwide in the Generation Nano Competition.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the competition requires high school students to design nanotechnology-enabled gear for an original superhero. They must choose a societal area to focus on and propose gear that is grounded in current research but not yet possible, allowing them to learn about the potentials and limitations of real-world nanotechnology.

Participants were required to draft a short story about their superhero, and provide the scientific application of nanotechnology used, create a two- or three-page comic strip and a 90-second video.

Nicole created a superhero called Blu Light, which combined Bluetooth technology with miniaturized lasers and metal cutting technology. The societal mission of Blu Light is Nanotechnology for Justice. Blu Light is the public superhero, but in everyday life, she is known as Cassidy Green, a surgeon who saves lives with miniature lasers originally designed for microsurgeries. She shrunk the surgical technology into a laser weapon that she can wear on her wrist.

Nicole participates in Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind competitions and excels in the high school’s science research program. Her excellent research skills played a role in her success, as the competition is graded 50 percent on the science of the nanotechnology chosen.

Top scientists and comic book creators will determine which semifinalists move to the final round. Finalists will be chosen by a "People’s Choice" vote through the Generation Nano website.

Problem Solving with Creativity

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Locust Valley High School and Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teams each earned first place in the regional tournament and advanced to the state competition, where the middle school team earned fourth place from a field of 21 teams. This is the highest place any LVCSD team has achieved.

The Odyssey of the Mind club encourages students to develop creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. The projects allow students to innovate as they aim to solve problems that do not have simple resolutions. Thinking out of the box is a priority for success. By tapping into creativity, and applying imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will last a lifetime. 

Both teams won The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, through some aspect of their problem solution or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. This award acknowledges and encourages creative thinking and risk-taking. 

The middle school team chose a classic problem called “It’s Time, OMER.” The future and the past collide in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created. The team created and presented an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art. Little did they know, it was OMER every time! The performance included how the three works of art positively impact the world, two re-creations of the classic works of art selected, and a team-created work of art. 

The high school team chose a problem called “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.” Their task was to save creativity from being taken away from the world. They presented a humorous performance that included a superhero, clumsy sidekick, a nemesis character, several choreographed battles, and a cliffhanger ending. 

Coach Alan Stella said, “The students are talented, hard-working and very independent. I am very proud to have both these teams represent our community at the state tournament.”

Good luck to all of these creative students at the state competition on Saturday, April 8th at Binghamton University.

Senior Named National Merit Finalist

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Senior Kristy Jahchan has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist based on her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide each year.

Kristy was named a semifinalist in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even greater achievement. She is among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists nationwide. As required of all finalists, Kristy earned scores on the SAT that are consistent with her success on the Preliminary SAT.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As a finalist, Kristy is now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward her college education. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

Congratulations to Kristy on this elite accomplishment!

AP/IB Review Schedule

See the attached schedule for AP/IB Review sessions.

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