Middle School Wins at LISEF
Middle School Enrichment Students
Make a Strong Showing at LISEF Competition
Three Sayville Middle School Science projects, researched by four Sayville Middle School Enrichment students, earned top awards at the recent LISEF competition, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
- Achieving First Place (one of nine), Amanda Wessels’ project was entitled: Is Applied Kinesiology Valid for Determining Food Allergies? Her First-Place win has made hereligible to apply for the Broadcom Masters, a national science competition to be held in Washington, D.C. in September 2014. (Amanda utilized the Biopac to test muscle reactions to prove/disprove hypotheses.)
- Kate Donohue and Amelia Flaumenhaft took Second-Place (one of 5) with their project: The Effects of Social Media on Stress in Teens. These students used the Vernier Heart Rate Monitor to watch heart rate while using Instagram as the form of social media.
- Placing Third (one of 5), C.J. Hichborn’s project: Does handwriting determine one’s personality? Involved gathering handwriting samples and surveys and used handwriting analysis to make his determination.
Congratulations go to Enrichment students Amanda, Kate, Amelia, and C.J. for their exceptional contributions.
Now in its second year with Mrs. Tracy Toth at the helm, the redesigned Middle School Enrichment program offers Sixth-graders in depth projects in English and Social Studies. At the Seventh- and Eighth-grade level, the students focus on Math and Science and work with Mrs. Danielle Lutz.
“This is the first year,” Mrs. Toth explained, “that it has continued to eighth-grade. The Eighth-graders are those interested in science research and meet with Mrs. Lutz on a sign-up basis, similar to the High School Science Research program with Mrs. Maria Brown.” The LISEF winners worked with Mrs. Danielle Lutz and Mr. Tracy Toth during periods that they choose, after school, and at home.