Hicksville HS wins Medical Marvels Competition

Hicksville HS wins Medical Marvels Competition
Posted on 03/08/2019
Medical Marvels Competition Winner

On March 8, 2019, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health's Center for Workforce Readiness named Hicksville High School the winner of its seventh annual Medical Marvels Competition. The Medical Marvels Program was developed to encourage Long Island high school students in 9th and 10th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year's competition posed a hypothetical challenge: You are the principal of a high school in New York State and your school district’s superintendent is extremely worried about vaping at the high school. The superintendent comes to your office and tasks you with developing and implementing a solution to end this crisis. That was the question posed to Dr. Piscitelli’s Introduction to Social Science Research students. The students: Roxy Dias, Sarah Chavez, Maeryam Nasari, Bisma Omer, Kaitlyn Verdugo examined this real-world scenario, vaping among teens, and came up with solution to help improve young lives. Thirty-eight teams submitted proposal to Medical Marvels. All proposals underwent an evaluation and judging process conducted by a panel of scientists, clinicians and healthcare administrators using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant scoring criteria. Each school's team additionally had the opportunity to present their completed proposal at the Medical Marvels Competition on March 8, 2019. Among the thirty-eight school districts who competed, Hicksville HS team was awarded First Place. Congratulations to Dr. Piscitelli and her Medical Marvels First Place team winners: Roxy Dias, Sarah Chavez, Maeryam Nasari, Bisma Omer, Kaitlyn Verdugo. The team received First Place award of $1800.

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