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Senior Earns Bronze Award From Hispanic Heritage Foundation

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Rye Neck High School senior Sofia Palacios has been awarded a Youth Awards scholarship by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. The program honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and participate in community service projects, and recognizes them for their excellence in various categories.

From more than 27,000 applications nationwide, three students were selected for each category in 10 different regions across the country. Palacios received the bronze award in a region covering Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont in the business and finance category.

According to her teachers, Palacios is a motivated, hardworking, committed and diligent student. She has received numerous awards and distinctions and excels in a course load of Advanced Placement classes. Throughout her high school career, she has developed and honed her interest in marketing and immersed herself in the field. Palacios has participated in Columbia University’s marketing summer internship program and worked as an intern at a Wall Street investment firm. She’s currently engaged in a project, in collaboration with a local cable television station and the mayor’s office, to foster positivity within the community and combat the effects of social isolation during the pandemic. Her extracurricular activities include community service projects, such as tutoring and participating in food drives.

Palacios plans on studying marketing in college and participating in community service projects with hopes of assisting lower-income individuals break language barriers. Coming from a multicultural Hispanic family, Palacios has lived in different parts of the world, learning how to speak Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

“Cultural immersion has been a major part of my life,” Palacios said. “In college, I’ll strive to continue giving back to the community, and I am excited to use my business education for the betterment of society.”

Palacios was recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation during a virtual awards ceremony on Feb. 23.

Seniors Named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Rye Neck High School seniors Caleb Alter and Gabe Miller, who were recognized as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program, have advanced as finalists in the competition.

They are among the top 15,000 high school students nationwide who were awarded the distinction by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. According to its website, the National Merit Scholarship program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Alter and Miller entered the academic competition as juniors along with more than 1.5 million students by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of entrants. They are among a group of elite students to earn some of the highest scores on the qualifying test.

The students advanced to the finals after each submitted a detailed scholarship application, demonstrated an outstanding academic record and leadership abilities, wrote an essay and were endorsed by a high school official. About half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.

The program will award approximately 7,500 scholarships worth more than $30 million when National Merit Scholarship winners are announced in the spring.

RNHS Students Earn Multiple Awards in Writing Competition

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Rye Neck High School students Michaela Alsiadi, Catherine Sykes and Naomi Young were recognized with awards at the prestigious 2021 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Alsiadi, a sophomore, earned an honorable mention for her short story, “Death is Knocking at My Door,” which details a young woman who goes through the stages of grief surrounding her own death; Sykes, a sophomore, earned an honorable mention for her humor piece and Young, a senior, earned a Silver Key for her short story, “Carnaval,” which explores the delicate psychological balance of its gifted narrator.

“What makes these young women successful writers is not just their creativity, but their work ethic,” teacher Melinda Merkel said. “They all pursue their love of writing outside of the four walls of the classroom and understand that good writing is a function of effort and care, of sculpting meaning.”

This year, nearly 1,700 works were submitted to the regional level for consideration by a panel of novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists and other creative professionals. The students’ work was recognized as some of the most outstanding works submitted from among their peers.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talents.

Students, Faculty Sign Steel Beams Used in Construction of Science Center

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Rye Neck High School students, teachers and administrators signed several of the final steel beams of the new two-story Collaborative Science Center on Jan. 25 and 28 to commemorate its construction.

Work on the science center, which was approved as a capital project by Rye Neck voters in February 2018, began last March and has proceeded throughout the pandemic. The concrete foundation and underground mechanical work are complete, and the steel framework is beginning to take shape, while the construction team is working diligently to meet the projected timeline for moving students into the building in early 2022.

“The steel signing signifies Rye Neck’s commitment to excellence in education for future generations,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro said. “The new science center is a state-of-the-art facility, enabling Rye Neck students to gain access to the most updated technologies and learning opportunities.”

The 24,300-square-foot Collaborative Science Center will feature eight new classrooms, designed and equipped for science, technology, engineering and related subjects for students in grades 9-12. Its open, flexible workspaces will encourage collaborative teaching and learning.

Students Measure Muscle Activity, Patellar Reflex Time

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Rye Neck High School students conducted an electromyography lab to further solidify their knowledge of nervous system regulation and the mechanism of skeletal muscle contraction.

Under the guidance of their physiology teacher Matt DeBellis, the students placed sensitive electrodes on a volunteer’s quadriceps muscles to measure their muscle activity and patellar reflex time, or knee-jerk reflex. They also placed a force meter on a reflex hammer and utilized electromyography technology to measure and calculate the difference in time between the stimulus of the knee being struck and the muscle contracting.

“The purpose of this lab was to measure the difference in speed between two neuronal networks, the patellar reflex and voluntary muscle control,” DeBellis said.

Applying their knowledge of anatomy, the students determined the distance traveled by the impulse. They measured the length of the volunteer’s femoral nerve to the location of reflex integration in the spinal cord and compared it to the distance up to the motor cortex for the voluntary muscle response.

“By measuring the impulse distance and the elapsed time to muscle contraction, the students calculated the velocity or speed differences of the impulses,” DeBellis said. “Additionally, the students were able to calculate the recruitment of muscle fibers as a function of the amplitude of the EMG or electromyography waves.”

Throughout their studies, the students have been examining the mechanism of skeletal muscle contraction and have been learning how neurons communicate with each other. They recently drew different neuronal networks and created a model and a video demonstrating their understanding of muscle contraction. Through the laboratory activity, the students gained insight into the pathology of some neuromuscular diseases, such as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and myasthenia gravis.

“My hope is that students gain a deeper understanding of neuromuscular control and the electrical nature of life,” DeBellis said. “When the test subject extended their leg out and the class saw the electrical activity on the EMG increase in response, they were amazed. It’s that connection that is so valuable in the understanding of physiology.”

Eighth Grader Writes Short Play on Pandemic

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As Rye Neck Middle School eighth grader Ella Grann sat in her school’s Performing Arts Center, she diligently took notes as a group of high school students recited lines from her original play. Grann, who wrote the short play during lockdown last spring, said she was inspired to reflect on the similarities between the coronavirus pandemic and other viruses, such as the smallpox pandemic, Spanish flu and Ebola.

“The main message [of my play] is that humanity can overcome pandemics even if society is changed forever,” Grann said. “Other generations made it through these epidemics and pandemics, and we can make it through the coronavirus.”

Grann’s play tells the story of four girls living in different pandemics or epidemics. One of her characters, Emma, faces smallpox at a time when marriage was a way that a woman’s worth was measured; Mary’s indecisiveness impacts how careful she is about avoiding the Spanish flu; Nyah is living in Kenya when the Ebola virus starts to spread; and when Sophia was a young child, her parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and are now facing the coronavirus pandemic.

Theater director and drama teacher Scott Harris, who taught Grann in his drama class last year and also directed her in the middle school production of “The Wizard of Oz” the prior year, recognized the young playwright’s talent. After reading through her drafts, he invited Grann to listen to his Intermediate Acting class students read aloud her play.

“This is an integral part of the development process for a young playwright,” Harris said. “It allows her to hear her words spoken aloud rather than just reading them in her own voice off the page. This helps the playwright shape her script and realize what is working and what needs revision.”

Harris described Grann’s play as ambitious and advanced for such a young student.

“I was very impressed with the complexity of the character development and the mature themes she tackled,” he said. “Rather than sit back and simply relax during the school shutdown, Ella took it upon herself to synthesize what was happening in the world around her and compare that to previous pandemics, then boil all of it down to a short play that also deals with women’s issues.”

Grann said she was grateful to her teacher and the high school students for reading her play aloud, which helped her refine it and make any necessary revisions.

“I enjoy all of the playwriting process, especially hearing my words come to life,” she said. “I loved writing at the most random times when my ideas sparked. This was the first play that I have written, but I guarantee it will not be the last.”