Sayville RISE Students on NEWS RADIO


    Three Sayville High School Research in Science & Engineering (R.I.S.E.) students, who have been conducting authentic science research and engineering projects at the high school through the R.I.S.E. and R.I.S.E Tech programs, were recently interviewed by Long Island News Radio station 103.9 FM* about their research projects and experiences.

    Sayville RISE student, Jahan Rahman (R.I.S.E- ing junior) and Sayville RISE Tech student, Michael Earvolino (R.I.S.E- ing junior) were joined by Emily Faughnan who graduated Sayville High School this past June and was enrolled in R.I.S.E. for four years. They discussed their research and personal experiences and success associated with their projects:

    Jahan Rahman has been conducting research on genetic variation within the horseshoe crab populations from 13 Long Island beaches extending from Brooklyn to Montauk over the past three years. His research was presented at the International Horseshoe Crab Conference in Japan this past June. He also received one of the top three awards in the New York City Submerge Competition where his research is now on display at the New York Hall of Science. Jahan also received the top prize last spring at the New York State Science & Engineering Fair (Andromeda Division) for his research. The continuation of his research is being supported by a $5000.00 Grant from Sierra Club Long Island.

    Michael Earvolino has been developing an Android phone Application for Open School Night at the High School. He has been using the MIT App Inventor to produce his Application and is hoping to unveil it in September, 2015 for all parents of high school students to use on Open School Night!

    Emily Faughnan conducted research in the area of social science since her freshman year. She evaluated brain wave responses to the “Mozart Effect” and received numerous awards at the JV Science Competitions as a sophomore and junior. She participated in the Sayville HS-Stony Brook University ACE Program during the Summer of 2014 where she was able to take a course at the high school in Geospatial Science. Emily conducted her senior research project doing a trends analysis of missing and exploited children in the New England and New York Metropolitan Region using geospatial tools. As a result, she was able to profile the characteristics of children most likely to go missing for this region. Emily was recognized as an Intel semi-finalist in January, 2015 and received 2nd Place at Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (March 2015). Additionally, Emily’s research was presented at the International GIS User Conference sponsored by ESRI held in San Diego California this past July where her poster received 1st Place in the high school category in the Map Gallery. Emily’s maps have been posted on ESRI’s website and will be published in the Map Book for next year’s annual conference! Emily will be attending Fordham University’s Honors Program later this month!

    The Sayville R.I.S.E. students were joined by their teachers Maria Brown (R.I.S.E.) and Rick Caskey (R.I.S.E. TECH) at the Long Island News Radio Station. The R.I.S.E.  Program will begin its 9th year this fall. R.I.S.E. Tech was added last year to accommodate students with a strong desire to conduct authentic research related to APllication development, 3D printing design and engineering, and education game design.

    Mrs. Brown shared her reaction, “Tonight was a wonderful experience for the students and parents!  I can assure you that Rick, John, and I had a great time as well.  We are all so grateful for this opportunity!”

    Mr. John Verdone, Sayville Board of Education president, agreed that it was a “great experience for all.”


    *The Long Island News Radio station on 103.9 FM is located in a former office near the baggage claim inside MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. It is a 24-hour all-talk format which will present Public School Programs on Saturday mornings.  To listen to past programs go to: