Students Advance in Business Plan Competition

Students Advance in Business Plan Competition photo
Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise team, Team Sway, has advanced to the final round of the Virtual Enterprises International Long Island Business Plan Competition. The virtual firm became semifinalists after competing against 96 teams from across Long Island at VEI’s 2019 Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition, held Jan. 9 at LIU Post. They were one of 11 teams to advance.

Team Sway’s winning virtual business plan focuses on the development and promotion of hammocks made from recycled fibers. Their plan includes donating a portion of their profits to combating suicide and depression in teens. 

The Westhampton Beach team will next compete on Feb. 26 at American Portfolios in Holbrook in the final round of the Virtual Enterprises International Long Island Business Plan Competition.


Students Assist with Public Service Announcement

Students Assist with Public Service Announcement photo
Several Westhampton Beach High School students participated in the filming of a public service announcement series sponsored by the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction and Recovery Committee. The announcements, which feature all five East End town police chiefs, warn about the lethal dangers of fentanyl. They will air on local government channels and will be provided to schools and other community groups. Student participants included Maddie Donahue, Valerie Fink, Natalie Gosnell, Mackenzie Jenkins and Alex Slover. 


Westhampton Beach student-athletes recognized

Westhampton Beach student-athletes recognized
Westhampton Beach High School seniors Liam McIntyre and Tori Cummings were honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on Nov. 28 as winners of the Suffolk Zone Student Leadership Award. The pair were selected based on their excellence in physical education, leadership ability and service to the community. The proud Hurricanes are pictured with district Athletic Director Kathy Masterson.
 

Students sign with colleges

Students sign with colleges
Five Westhampton Beach seniors penned their names to national letters of intent during a recent signing ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Lindsay Rongo, Stony Brook University, lacrosse; Tyler Nolan, Jacksonville University, lacrosse; Kerry Dillon, Iona College, lacrosse; Juan Lasso, Columbia University, track; and Hollie Schleicher, Boston College, lacrosse.
 

Students conduct research using BNL technology

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Five Westhampton Beach High School students are using Brookhaven National Laboratory technology to conduct research projects through the lab’s Student Partnerships for Advanced Research and Knowledge program. 

As part of the program, the students – Matthew Daleo, Danielle Freda, Cole Hempel, Cambell Kast and Evan Lockwood – are taught to use the lab’s NSLS-2 Beamline and Infrared Spectroscopy technology for their research. The NSLS-2 is one of only nine such beamlines in the world and is able to detect elemental composition and 3D structure of macromolecules. 

During the week of Dec. 3, the students and their teacher, Dianna Gobler, received four hours of training in the NSLS-2 and learned from BNL beamline scientists how to drive the SRX Beamline to detect background interference and analyze data. Once fully trained, the students will be able to run samples for their research in the spring. 

For their research, Freda and Kast will explore microplastic accumulation in sediments and shellfish; Daleo and Lockwood will analyze the elemental composition of paleontological samples they collected during their middle school PALEOS trip with middle school science teacher Rob Coleman in summer 2017; and Hempel will examine drinking water for the presence of microplastics.