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Student Scientists Honored

During its late November meeting, the district’s Board of Education honored Ward Melville High School students who were named semifinalists and regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
Below is an overview of the projects the students completed:
Emily Huang – Semifinalist
“TCA Contamination in Groundwater: Inflammatory and Pro-Cancer Effects through Estrogen Signaling.”
Emily’s work focused on determining the effects of groundwater pollutants on inflammation and breast cancer development and how these could be inhibited using an estrogen blocker currently targeted as a breast cancer drug treatment.
Harriet O’Brien – Semifinalist
“The Characterization of Immunomodulatory and Remyelinating Agents on Microglial Polarization.”
Harriet studied the damage to nerve cells associated with multiple sclerosis propagated by pro-inflammatory immune cell infiltration and attack of the myelin sheath that may be reversed by potential therapeutic agents.

Jennifer Yang – Semifinalist
“Exploring the Anti-cancer effect of Phospho-Aspirin, an novel aspirin derivative, in Pancreatic cells.”
Jennifer was able to determine that Phospho-Aspirin significantly reduced new pancreatic cancer cell growth while inducing apoptotic cancer cell death and will further evaluate this compound as a potential chemotherapeutic agent.
Kathryn Zhao – Semifinalist
“Degrees of a Minimal Solution to a Linear Diophantine Equation over Finite Fields.”
Kathryn’s theoretical math project defined a function on a linear Diophantine equation over the polynomials that measured the degrees of the minimal solutions to the equation and found that one can fix the degrees of the two given polynomials and the defined function in order to characterize the size of the set.
Roshan Patel – Finalist
“Enhanced power output and tolerance to fuel impurities demonstrated in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell utilizing a graphene oxide nanoparticle coated nafion membrane.”
Roshan’s group worked with graphene oxide nanoparticles to improve the performance of fuel cells by reducing the poisoning of the membrane from impurities in the hydrogen fuel that can hamper efficiency.


Ward Melville High School students and staff continued their mission of creating a culture filled with compassion, acceptance and awareness as they celebrated Patriot PRIDE (Peace, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Encouragement) Day.

This year’s program centered on the words and story of Rohan Murphy, an inspirational speaker who promotes the message of living a “no excuses” life. Mr. Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, spoke about how he worked to overcome life’s obstacles and physical challenges in order to achieve his personal standards for success. He told the students about how he pushed himself to achieve both academically and athletically, as he went on to attend and become a Division I wrestler at Penn State University.

“Every single day in the world, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things in their lives,” said Mr. Murphy. “Don't let anyone tell you that you can’t or get in the way of accomplishing the goals you have set for yourself. Life is all about choices, and even the small choices will shape a large part of your future.”

To continue the message of the day, several school clubs organized informational booths in the school’s commons area. The activities at these booths included creating a chain of kindness, writing pride-filled messages on a Tree of Kindness and seeking inspirational messages from the leaves of a paper tree.

Buckled Up for Safety

The tragic results that poor decisions can have on motor vehicle drivers and passengers served as the foundation for a recent eye-opening program offered to Ward Melville High School students.

The event, called Driving Equation Teen Presentation, focused on the importance of wearing a seat belt, as well as the negatives of distracted driving and driving under the influence of substances. Presenter Al Ferrari visually and verbally demonstrated the quick turn these actions can take and how one’s life can change seven seconds after impact.

The program was open to all health classes and was delivered on behalf of the EAC Network through a grant from State Farm.

Patriots Bound for the Postseason **UPDATED 11/13**


Every Ward Melville High School varsity athletic team completed a successful season and earned a spot in their respective sport’s league championship game. Additionally, many student-athletes have advanced further, competing individually or as a team for regional titles. Below is an overview of where the teams stand to date:

Girls Field Hockey – Named League I, Section IX and Long Island champions. They will compete this Sat. Nov. 14 in the State Semifinals. The winner of this contest will advance to compete in the State Championships on Sunday.


Boys Cross-Country – Completed an outstanding season with strong performances by many team members. One athlete, senior Mike Reilly, has qualified for the State Championship.

Girls Cross-Country – Completed an undefeated season and was named League Champions. The team, which has been a powerhouse over the last 15 years, made a good run for the county title as they competed in the Section IX Championship.

Golf – Completed their regular fall season with a record of 12-0 and were named league champions.

Girls Gymnastics – Competed in the team championships and junior Claire Dempsey will be competing in the individual state championship this spring on both floor exercise and balance beam.

Football – With an overall season record of 5-3, the team advanced to this year’s playoffs for the first time in the past six years. The first playoff game against Connetquot High School was close one for the Patriots and ended in a tough call on the last play, resulting in a 41-40 loss for Ward Melville. A playback of the close match can be seen on MSG Varsity.

Boys Soccer – Competed in the Section XI/Suffolk County playoffs, defeating North Babylon in the first round but suffering an upset to Brentwood in the second round. 

Girls Soccer – Ranked second in the league, but suffered an upset in League I playoffs to Deer Park.

Girls Swimming – Five students - Brittany Coughlin, Casey Gavigan, Ashley Hart, Katie Wang and Jen Yavid - will be competing in the individual championship during the week of Nov. 16-20.

Tennis – Completed the season with a 12-0 record and were named league champions. They won the first round of the Section XI tournament but suffered a loss against East Hampton in the second round.

Boys Volleyball – Competed in the Section IX/Suffolk County Tournament, where were defeated by a strong team from Eastport-South Manor.

Girls Volleyball – Completed an undefeated season and were named League I champions. Ranked the No. 2 seed, the team won their Nov. 4 game against Newfield and a semifinal game against Smithtown High School East. The team's season ended with a tough loss in the finals on Thurs. Nov. 12 at Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood Campus. 

Trumpeted Performance


Ward Melville High School’s marching band, under the direction of Laura Gustavsen and Dan Hayes, performed at the 53rd annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale in October.

To watch a video of the performance, click here.

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