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The 2015 Long Island Youth Summit took place on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Dowling College.  The topic of this year’s Summit was Leadership in a Divided Society. 

The Youth Summit is a year-round program where students work with their teachers and experts to create projects and to develop solutions to socio-medical, environmental, and socio-economic issues that impact Long Island.  This year 280 students from over 20 school districts from both Nassau and Suffolk counties participated in the Summit as finalists.

During the school year high school students work on original projects such as essays, videos, art work and slide presentations and submit their projects to the Youth Summit’s Selection Committee.   Once they are selected as finalists based on the quality of their projects, students are invited to participate in the Summit conference where they can work with their peers on developing innovative solutions to such issues as Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse, Mental Health and Self Esteem, Water Pollution on Long Island, Renewable Energy, Affordability of Living on Long Island for Young People, and Community Leadership.

This year the following students won awards for their 2015 Long Island Youth Summit projects:

2015 LIYS Best Overall Project Winner
Alicia Soules, East Islip HS, for her essay on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Best Poster Winner
Christina Chalgren and Samantha Fong, Kings Park HS, for their poster on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Best PowerPoint Winner
Sophia Asofsky and Alexandra Ehrhart, Bay Shore HS, for their PowerPoint on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Best Video/Art Project Winner
Brittany Lewis and Samantha Weinstein, Hauppauge HS, for their video on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Best Overall Science Paper Winner
Mackenzie Switz, Fisher Island School, for her original scientific research paper on the topic of water pollution

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Mental Health, Self-Esteem, and Well Being
TonyAnn Ianucci and Jillian Shea, Smithtown West HS,for their paper on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Social Networking
Mariana Guercio and Kathleen Schurr, Kings Park HS,for their paper on the topic of Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Social Networking
Nootshy Romage, Westbury HS, for her PowerPoint on the topic of Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Social Networking

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse
Alysha Share, East Islip HS,for her paper on topic of Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Living on Long Island: Economic Development, Housing, and Community
Laura Tarone, General Douglas MacArthur HS (Levittown),for her paper on the topic of Living on Long Island

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Race, Class, Economy, and Education
William Yoo and Gabriel Gang, Ward Melville HS, for their paper on the topic of Race, Class, Economy and Education

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Leadership
Brianna Cea, Ward Melville HS, for her paper on the topic of Leadership
Emma Westbrook, West Islip HS, for her Power Point on the topic of Leadership

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Renewable Energy/ Science Research Paper
Sabrina Chasen, General Douglas MacArthur HS (Levittown), for her original research paper on the role of acids in the degradation of bio-fuel oils

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Renewable Energy
Krish Kamdar, Bay Shore HS, for his paper on the topic of Renewable Energy
Stevie Schuessler, Eastport South Manor HS, for her paper on the topic of Renewable Energy
Joseph Prusan and Ryan Gray, Massapequa HS, for their paper on the topic of Renewable Energy

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of the Environment: The Issue of Solid Waste
Emily Durcan, Smithtown West HS, for her paper on the topic of Solid Waste
Benjamin Winston and Emily Winston, Ward Melville HS, for their paper on the topic of Solid Waste
Sarah Welhous, Eastport South Manor HS, for her paper and art work on the topic of Solid Waste

2015 LIYS Best Project in the Category of Environment: The Issue of Protection of Surface and Ground Water
Eric Wang and Samantha Mancuso, Ward Melville HS, for their essay on the topic of Protection of Water
Michael Gino and Andrew Lee, General Douglas MacArthur HS (Levittown), for their essay on the topic of Protection of Water

2015 LIYS Diane Coleman College Scholarship Award
Kimberley Bernard and Shamoya Dacosta, Westbury HS, for their video on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being

2015 LIYS Southwest Airlines Award (two free tickets anywhere in the U.S.)
Alicia Soules, East Islip HS, for her essay on the topic of Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being
Brianna Cea, Ward Melville HS, for her paper on the topic of Leadership
Sabrina Chasen, General Douglas MacArthur HS (Levittown), for her original research paper on the role of acids in the degradation of bio-fuel oils
Andrea Paredes, Bayshore HS, for her leadership effort in her community
Casey Nevins, Comsewogue HS, for her leadership effort in her community
Ivan Zarate, Bayshore HS, for his paper on the topic of Living on Long Island

Congratulations to all winners of the 2015 Long Island Youth Summit!

 



 
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