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Senior Internships Offer Practical Experience

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Students gained experience as event planners, educators, law enforcement officials and more as part of the senior internship program.

Under the leadership of program coordinator Sharon Comblo, students created internships and found sponsors in specific fields during the second semester.

“The internship program provides students with an opportunity to pursue a special interest or expand on an academic/career goal or participate in a service trip,” said Comblo. “This year, we had a broad spectrum of internships. Several were involved in service trips with their Girl Scout troops, others were involved through organizations like Hands Up For Haiti. Some interned locally with Pleasantville Food Pantry, Ossining Children's Center and Open Door Family Medical Center.”

Grace Boyar, Jackie Contento, Rheka Crawford, Jillian Maguffin, Teresa Marinaccio, Sophia McGlew and Jenna Whalen took their internship to Savannah, Georgia, where they participated in a number of historical, science-based and multicultural activities. They visited the Massie Heritage Center, the Beach Institute and Old Fort Jackson, where they learned basic maneuvers of Civil War soldiers and participated in a cannon-loading drill.

In all, 178 students participated in the internships, which Comblo noted, “…are as diverse as student interests.”

“One student secured an internship at Opera Upper West and had an amazing experience. Not only was she a part of a small production, but she was able to network in a professional environment she is very much interested in,” Comblo shared. “Another student interned at Boston's Children's Health Physicians. He definitely wants to pursue a career in science/the medical field. The experience also underscored the human component of medicine, not just the technical. “

Yet another senior interned at Paws Crossed, where she learned about the importance of pet therapy and no-kill shelters. Through the experience, she secured a summer job.

“In every case, students gained practical experience that would not be possible in the classroom,” said Comblo. “For some, it's the first time they worked in a professional environment. It's a great transition from high school to post high school period.”

Recognition for Excellence in Chemistry

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Eight Briarcliff High School students have been recognized by the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) for excellence in chemistry based on their performance on the international Avogadro exam.

Sophomores Letitia Chan, Haochen (Daniel) Deng, Isabella Wang, Joseph Boyle, Jarrod Homer, Nathaniel Martinez, Noah Benson and Charlotte Sendek scored in the top 3 percent of 4,325 students worldwide and will each receive an Elemental Tile for Outstanding Achievement. Letitia and Haochen did especially well, scoring in the top 1 percent.

The exam rewards insightful and out-of-the box thinking, which these eight students effectively demonstrate. They will have the opportunity to continue their excellent work in science next year as they are enrolled in Advanced Placement science courses starting in the fall.

Thursday, July 20, 2017