Kudos for SHS Student Athletes at 2023 Maroon and White Dinner
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A line of thunderstorms and heavy rain swept through Scarsdale at 3:15 on Tuesday afternoon June 6, less than an hour before the Maroon and White barbeque planned for 4 pm. The weather forced the festivities, photo-taking and dinner inside the cafeteria, where chairs had been assembled for the early awards ceremony. As Athletic Director Ray Pappalardi noted, the mother nature was not a big challenge for Scarsdale athletes who are flexible, strong and resilient.
The entire program was shifted earlier this year to accommodate some senior athletes who were to receive athletic awards from Con Ed later that same evening.
With the lacrosse team headed for the state tournament in Albany, where they will play Farmingdale, of the lacrosse team was absent from the ceremony, but there was still much to celebrate.
Before the dinner, senior athletes from each team gathered for photos, which you can see below.
A deejay and enthusiastic students made it difficult to hear anything in the cafeteria until the room quieted for the awards ceremony at 5:15 pm.
Unusual this year was the fact that two entire teams had won the state championships and the boys soccer team and the girls tennis team came to the front of the room first to received recognition and award plaques.
This week, in addition to the lacrosse team’s trip to Albany, the boys tennis team has also won the sectionals and regionals and will compete for the state title at Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Queens on Friday June 9, 2023.
Moving to the awards ceremony, Maroon and White along with the SHS athletic department had many awards for Scarsdale’s talented athletes.
Athletic Director Ray Pappalardi spoke proudly of the students accomplishments this year, including 70 All-League commendations, 19 All Section and two named All American. The boys golf, tennis and lacrosse team won the sectionals, and the girl’s flag football team were state champions. Three boys golfers competed in the state championships and two girls from the golf team will compete in the NYS Federation meet on June 11.
Maroon and White Presidents Joe Feldman and Amy Frank then gave a shout out to all the athletes and the parent volunteers and then began with the presentation of the Maroon and White awards.
First, the Timberger award, named for Maroon and White supporter Elizabeth Timberger was given to a student who played a supporting role on a team. This year’s award went to Hannah Feurerstein, the manager of the girls’ soccer team who was “always on time, went above the call of duty,” and was “selfless, dedicated and optimistic.” She will study sports management at Syracuse University.
The Nina Mooney Award is given to a senior female athlete who displays commitment, enthusiasm, spirit, concern for others and a positive work ethic. This year’s winner, Maddie Greco, played both field hockey and lacrosse and was a ConEd award winner. She will continue to play both sports at Union College.
The Nonie Knopp Memorial Award goes to a senior male athlete who display commitment, enthusiasm, spirit, concern for others and a positive work ethic. This year’s award winner, Colby Baldwin was captain of both the football and lacrosse teams. He was called, “the strongest player on the team,” and credited for his leadership, energy, and refusal to lose. He will continue to play lacrosse at Penn State.
Sue and Jerry Peppers came to the front to present awards to both a female and male athlete who “distinguished themselves through their dedication and hard work in games and practice, through their unselfish adherence to sportsmanship and team play, and through their active encouragement of all team members. The recipients of this award are also required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5, as measured by the most recent grades available at the time the selection is made.”
This year’s female award was granted to Natalie Hu, a four year member of the tennis team who led her team through two back-to-back state championships. She plays first singles and was All League, All Section and a Con Ed Athlete. She will continue to play tennis at Tufts.
The male Peppers award went to All American soccer player Nico Galeano who has played on the team for four years while maintaining a 3.75 GPA. The Captain and midfielder took his team to the states this year. In addition to All League, All Section, All State and All American awards, he was named a Con Ed athlete as well. He will attend the University of Michigan.
The two teams that won the state championships were also called up for recognition.
The Girls’ Tennis Team, led by Coach Jennifer Roane won its second consecutive state championship.
Team members are:
Here is the roster:
And the Boys’ Soccer team are state champions this year:
Head Coach Marcos Monteagudo
Assistant Coach Andrew Nagel
Assistant Coach Carlos Vasquez
Assistant Coach Peter Squiteirri
Jose Alava Marino Carlos Benitez
Matthew Choe - captain
Daniel Cisneros Lacruz
Oliver de la Fuente-Akersveen
Nicolas Galeano = captain
Michael Marks - manager
Henry McAllister - captain
Hadley Schwall - manager
Pappalardi then called up students who have committed to compete in college sports.
Here’s the list:
Class of 2023 Senior-Athletes Who Committed to Play in College
1. Colby Baldwin, Lacrosse, Penn State University
2. Mary Jane Callahan, Field Hockey, Muhlenberg College
3. Noah Chappell, Lacrosse, Amherst College
4. Zachary Friedman, Track & Field, Connecticut College
5. Madeleine Greco, Field Hockey and Lacross, Union College
6. Natalie Hu, Tennis, Tufts University
7. Riley Iasiello, Field Hockey, Queens University of Charlotte
8. Toby Khang, Track & Field, American University
9. Harrison Lambert, Swimming, Binghamton University
10. Aidan Lee, Swimming, Williams College
11. Olivia Lee, Soccer, University of Pittsburgh
12. Andrew Lehrman, Lacrosse, Union College
13. Serena Li, Volleyball, Mount Holyoke College
14. Haochen Liu, Swimming, Williams College
15. Makenzie Mauro, Field Hockey, Wesleyan University
16. Brian Nicholas, Hockey, University of Michigan
17. Henry Rifkin, Track & Field, Colgate University
18. Alexandra Simon, Track & Field, Wesleyan University
More kudos went to students who have played three seasons of sports for all four years of high school. The Ironman Awards, went to:
1. Andre Couto
2. Madeleine Greco
3. Samantha Hoexter
4. Toby Khang
5. Henry Rifkin
6. Allison Scheffler
7. Juliet Schneider
8. Alexandra Simon
Scholar Athlete Honor Society awards were granted to students who are dedicated, competitive and perform on the field and in the classroom with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
This year’s winners were: Isabelle Goldbahn, Charlie Hirschhorn, Frederick Kushnick and Alexandra Simon.
Last, the Scarsdale Raider Award is given to students who “possess the attitude, work ethic, resilience, and leadership qualities to change the outcome of a game, culture of their team, or quality of a season by their presence.” This year’s awards went to Riley Iasiello, Mykaela Madoff and Henry Rifkin.
Here are photos of the senior athletes:
Science Research Program to Host Annual Symposium
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Over the years, Scarsdale High School students have worked to develop cures and treatments for diseases ranging from colorectal cancer to Alzheimer’s. One student even discovered a new planet while working at NASA. How? Under the direction of the Science Research program, which guides students through independent research. This program is run by Mr. Dylan Prendergast, Dr. Michael Kumaresan, and Ms. Nicole Pisano, who work together to help students develop fundamental background knowledge on a topic of their choice, find a research mentor, construct scientific presentations and papers, and prepare to present their work at research competitions. This year’s senior class was particularly successful at research competitions, with most participating students placing at each competition.
Most impressive among them were Ali El Moselhy, Jaden Tepper, and Cindy DeDianous, who were semifinalists at Regeneron STS, a highly prestigious and competitive research competition, with DeDianous going on to be the high school’s first-ever finalist. Moselhy successfully developed an algorithm that optimizes an HIV/AIDS treatment and intervention budget for sub-Saharan Africa. Tepper designed, created, and tested a novel device for the evacuation of subdural hematomas. And finally, DeDianous developed a novel method of diagnosing diabetic retinopathy at its earliest stages.
This year’s virtual research symposium, which showcases the work of each student in the program, will be posted on June 1st. David Duan, this year’s publicity committee chair, would like to share a few words about the program:
Science Research is a three-year elective class available to rising sophomores at Scarsdale High School. Students choose their own scientific topic of interest and conduct novel research in their field.
In the first year, Sophomore year, students will read scientific papers to gain background knowledge on their topic. They will find a professional scientist mentor to help guide them in their studies and with whom they will conduct research over the summer. The year ends with the Westlake-Somers Competition, where they will practice presenting proposed summer research in front of a judging panel. They will utilize their sophomore summer to conduct research and formulate a presentation summarizing their summer experience.
The objective of Junior year is to build upon their knowledge and research from the previous summer. They will also assist in workshopping and providing comments for the senior presentations. Throughout the year, Dr. Kumaresan teaches the students an introduction to statistics within the field of research. They are exposed to advanced mathematical concepts of hypothesis testing and probability.
Senior year, the students will complete a full research project and present in both academic paper and presentation form. They will compete in regional and national competitions, including WESEF, Regeneron STS, and JS-HS.
Every year, the Science Research class organizes an in-person and virtual symposium, displaying the various stages of research the students are involved in. The virtual symposium will be published on Thursday, June 1st, under the attached link. We hope everyone can appreciate the dedication the students have put in throughout the school year.
Click here to access the link!
56 Students Receive Academic Awards at SHS Ceremony
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On Wednesday, May 3rd, the Scarsdale community was proud to celebrate students who have demonstrated exemplary achievements, academic excellence, and service to the community at the 2023 annual Scarsdale High School Awards Ceremony. Principal Kenneth Bonamo delivered the night’s opening remarks and was delighted to honor and recognize students who have personified the school’s motto, non sibi—not for oneself alone. The students selected to receive awards personify this motto for the leadership positions that they have assumed within the community and their efforts to make the world a better place.
Awards were distributed by the leaders of Scarsdale High School’s academic departments in the following disciplines: English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Music and Performing Arts, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. Students were also recognized for demonstrating qualities valued by the Scarsdale community—kindness, compassion, and tenacity.
Dr. Karine Schaefer, the Department Chair of the English Department, was proud to distribute the Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Audrey McGinn Creative Writing awards to those who have not only demonstrated a love of literature but also the ability to synthesize and communicate complex ideas and analyses with a degree of sophistication beyond their years. Dr. Schaefer distributed the Audrey McGinn Created Writing Award to Abby Ruth Michaelis, a gifted writer, and poet, who commands the attention of her readers through a striking sense of voice and with breath-taking turns of phrase. Michaelis recently drew inspiration from Frankenstein to write a ghost story that rivals the works of Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, capturing the complexities and vulnerabilities of human behavior.
Next, Dina Hofstetter and Debra Asher-Zitrin distributed the Excellence in Visual Arts 2D, Excellence in Visual Arts 3D, Media, Friends of Music & the Arts Elisa Draper Art History, and the Friends of the Music & the Arts Permanent Collection awards to students gifted with special enthusiasm and talent for the Fine Arts. The Elisa Draper Art History Award celebrates the memory of Elisa Draper, a fifth-grade teacher at Quaker Ridge Elementary School who touched the lives of hundreds and who is remembered as a cherished member of our community. Tobey Rosewater was the proud recipient of this award for his scholarship and budding enthusiasm for art history.
Ms. Asher-Zitrin and Elisa Forte, the District Coordinator of Music & Performing Arts, were thrilled to distribute the Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Music & Performing Arts Department, Friends of Music & the Arts Drama awards to several young, skilled, and devoted musicians for their outstanding commitments to the Music & Performing Arts and the Scarsdale community. The Orchestra Awards was given to Andre Couto, the Master of the Concert and Chamber ensembles. Couto recently performed at Lincoln Center, and his contribution to our community’s Music and Performing Arts programs has been inspiring.
Maureen Ellison-Connolly, the Department Chair of Mathematics, Computer Science, and STEAM, was delighted to recognize the achievements of the talented young men and women of this community who demonstrate tremendous creativity, superior problem-solving, and a deep appreciation for the beauty of mathematical thought. The Rensselaer Mathematics & Science, Technical Services, and Math Faculty awards were distributed to students who embodied these qualities. Leon Rhode received the Rensselaer Award for his participation in specialized quantum computing courses and outstanding performance at many mathematics competitions.
Nicole Pisano, the Department Chair of the Science Department, recognized the achievements of bright and creative students who demonstrated a commitment and passion to science and the ability to conduct cutting-edge research projects in their respective fields. Ms. Pisano awarded the Excellence in Science, Excellence in Research, Bausch & Lomb, and the Science Department Faculty awards to students who have exemplified these qualities and tirelessly strive to improve their understanding of the natural world. Cindy DeDianous was awarded the Excellence in Science award for not only her ability to think critically and draw connections between the realms of science but also for being our first finalist at Regeneron STS, a highly competitive and prestigious science research competition for her exemplary research on diabetic retinopathy, a condition that may result in vision loss and blindness in diabetic patients.
Following Ms. Pisano, Jen Maxwell, the Department Chair of the Social Studies department, awarded students who display a passion for social studies inside and outside of the classroom. Ms. Maxwell announced the Social Studies Achievement, Excellence in Social Studies, and Social Studies Faculty awards to diligent students, who bring perspectives and knowledge that enrich the learning experience of the classroom. Isabelle Goldban received the Social Studies Faculty award for her exemplary performance in multiple Social Studies electives, where she is always willing to take a contrarian position to challenge her peers to think critically.
Mary Leech, the Department Chair of the World Languages Department, distributed the French, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, and World Languages Department awards to talented students who have demonstrated curiosity and mastery of language. These students not only rapidly engage with new content and synthesize eloquent and thought-provoking responses, but display a high regard for diversity, skills fundamental in today’s world. Amanda Nudelman received the Spanish Language Award for her mastery of the language, both written and spoken. Thomas DiLorenzo was given the Latin Award, not only for his easy and effortless use of the language but also for using his skills to contribute to the community. DiLorenzo has spent countless hours tutoring young, often disadvantaged students, in Latin for several years.
Finally, students demonstrating tenacity, kindness, and resilience were recognized for their contributions to the school and local community by various members of the Counseling Department and other prominent members of our community. Dean Iosepovici, Counseling Department Chair, gave the Counseling Department Award to Oleksandr Romanenko. Romanenko’s life was turned upside-down by the war in Ukraine, which forced him to flee his home and seek safety. He arrived alone at Scarsdale, where he is staying with family, and was recognized for his incredible strength, courage, and tenacity.
Mr. Bonamo closed the evening by recognizing two students who have offered great service to our community with diligence and distinction. Carly Gelles was the recipient of the Faculty Award for her thirst for knowledge and exemplary achievements, among them mastery of Spanish, Latin, Mandarin, and American Sign Language and outstanding performances in Speech and Debate. Over the summer, Gelles worked as a counselor at Gallaudet University, a private research university for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C. There, she taught children American Sign Language, and even received her own sign name, “Eyelashes.” Receiving a sign name is considered a gift and an honor and demonstrates acceptance into the Deaf community.
Varun Bansal received the Principal’s Award for his contributions to the school and local community during his time serving as School President. According to Bonamo, Bansal was “compassionate, analytical, and energetic.” However, his reach extended far beyond the typical student leader role. Bansal pioneered the creation of the school’s team for the Wharton High School Investment Competition, founded the DECA club, and volunteers at a local community center, helping residents file their tax returns.
Below is a comprehensive list of the evening’s awards and recipients:
Brown University Award - Natasha Pereira
Harvard University Award - Sebastian A. Verrelli
Princeton University Award - Anna Mone
Audrey McGinn Creative Writing Award - Abby Ruth Michaelis
Excellence in Visual Arts 2D Awards - Orly Iris Kornstein & Olivia Liu
Excellence in Visual Arts 3D Award - Anna L. Toscano
Media Award - Joseph M. DiMartino
Friends of Music & the Arts Elisa Draper Art History Award -Tobias Rosewater
Friends of Music & the Arts Permanent Collection Award - Leila E. M. Kerr
Rensselaer Mathematics & Science Award - Leon Rode
Technical Services Award - Andrew I. Lewis
Math Faculty Awards - Jackson Thomas Fielding & Matthew Zhao
Music & Performing Arts
Band Award - Isaac B. Wood
Chorus Award - Steven C. Su
Orchestra Award - Andre A. Tsou
Music & Performing Arts Department Award - Hyunjin Lee
Friends of Music & the Arts Drama Award - Eliot I. McClafferty
Excellence in Science Award - Ali El Moselhy
Excellence in Research Award - Jaden V. Tepper
University of Rochester - Bausch & Lomb Award - Kevin Daniel
Science Department Faculty Awards - Cindy Y. DeDianous, Tyler H. Handler & Sebastian A. Verrelli
Social Studies Achievement Award - Ivanna O. Nwokeji
Excellence in Social Studies Awards - Jesse Green & Lana Weiser
Social Studies Faculty Awards - Isabelle J. Goldban & Daniel Rublin
French Award - Hyunjin Lee
Latin Award - Thomas D. DiLorenzo
Mandarin Award - Estelle J. D’Alessio
Spanish Language Award - Amanda D. Nudelman
Spanish Literature Award - Mason Y. Lau
World Languages Department Award - Carly S. Gelles
School Wide Awards
Steve Corbin Academic Success Award - Nathaniel P. Lewis
Casey Ferrone Memorial Award - Elizabeth L. Wachs
Counseling Department Award - Oleksandr Romanenko
Junior Scholarship & Service Award - Maya Vora
Junior Academic Excellence Award - Nina Maor
Yale Book Award - Kyle Pidedjian
The Scarsdale Inquirer Awards - Jade D'Agostino & Irene Li
Judith E. Weil Kindness Award - Alexandra C. Schwartz
Scarsdale Rotary Club Awards - Jedd D. Frydman & Rose Kinoshita
Retired Scarsdale Teachers’ Association Award - Daniel Rublin
Scarsdale Foundation Award - Matthew L. Barotz
Michael V. McGill Book Award - Anushka Kumar
NYS Comptroller's Student Achievement Award - Sophia M. Garcia
NYS Office of the Attorney General “Triple C” Awards - Riley E. Iasiello & Nicole Y. Zhou
Dartmouth College Award - Yuval Cherki
Halliday Clark, Sr. Memorial Award - Sebastian A. Verrelli
Billy Safian Humanitarian Award - Anna F. Feldstein
Scarsdale High School Faculty Award - Carly S. Gelles
Principal’s Award - Varun Bansal
Play for a Cure to Fund Research for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease type 4B3
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On Monday, May 22, 2023, Hunters CMT4B3 Research Foundation, will host its First Annual Golf Tournament, “Play Fore A Cure'' at the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, New York, to fund research for life-saving treatments for children and young adults with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease type 4B3. The sold-out event will host over 300 guests from our Westchester community.
In May of 2020, six year old Hunter Schultz, the grandson of Robin and Billy Schultz of Scarsdale, was diagnosed with CMT4B3. They were told there was no cure or treatment. CMT4B3 is a progressive neuromuscular disease, similar to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and ALS. CMT affects 3 million people worldwide, however it is ultra-rare for young children to have an early on-set of this disease. Children with CMT4B3 lose the ability to walk, limb deformities, the use of their hands and potentially their sight and/or hearing. Eventually the disease can compromise a patient's breathing, which can lead to premature death. Rather than sit back and watch their grandson and other children just like him deteriorate, they founded Hunters CMT4B3 Research Foundation to advance treatments for this disease.
In addition to the golf outing, there will be a ladies card party, vendors, dinner, live music and silent/live auction. They hope to raise substantial funds for research and development of treatments and a gene therapy. “We are overwhelmed by the love and support we are receiving, which enables us to spread awareness of this devastating neuromuscular disease.”
Their research efforts are highlighted in the current issue of The University of Miami Medicine Magazine, “DNA Detectives, a family’s journey to cure a rare genetic disease.” In less than 3 years, they have remarkably: hosted an International CMT4B3 Research Symposium, raised over $1,200,000.00 for research and development of treatments, assembled a renowned Scientific Advisory Board, listed as a Peripheral Nerve Society patient resource, developed disease models, mice, rats and zebrafish through National Institute of Health programs and contracted with laboratories and universities worldwide to find a cure!
WHEN: May 22, 2023 The Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, New York
FOLLOW: @hunt2cureCMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
For more information about the foundation please visit www.cmt4b3research.org.
Student Teams Present Innovative Solutions at First Global Entrepreneurship Challenge
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Once again Scarsdale High School stands out as a vanguard in innovation and global education. On Friday April 28th, the SHS Design Lab and Steam Program hosted its first annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge (GEC) inviting six other international teams to find solutions to universal problems that are experienced around the world.
The program, spearheaded by SHS teachers Heather Waters and Lisa Yokana, used the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which “provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future” as inspiration and a framework for the student’s work. Using the seventeen sustainable goals as guidance, students were encouraged to find a local issue and work in a team to find realistic solutions. According to Waters and Yokana, the teams from each school met with one another throughout the problem-solving process to share their thoughts about the issues at hand, and to exchange local perspectives and cultural norms.
Also during the process, students were given the opportunity to pitch their solutions to an array of expert mentors (including U.N. representatives) for commentary and feedback before the final submission and presentation. These experts included:
Amir A. Dossal- President, Global Partnerships Forum- Distinguished Fellow, Health & Healthcare, World Economic Forum
Anna M. Polomska-Risler -Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
Will Kennedy- Senior Program Officer, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Khalid Elachi- Executive Director of MCW Global Education in under resourced communities
Oliver Libby- The Resolution Project Entrepreneur
Joan Ai– Founder, Prepared Child- Co-Founder, Blanchard House Institute
Joan Dulitz- Teacher of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairment
Michelle Sterling- Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council-Sustainability Mentor
Ron Schulhof -Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council-Sustainability Mentor
Jonathan Hooper- Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment
First to present their idea to the audience, was The Austin Eco Bilingual School who traveled to Scarsdale all the way from Argentina. The team of six high school students began by detailing the problems with “fast fashion” and the detrimental impact it has on our environment. According to the team, fast fashion contributes to 10% of global co2 emissions, 85% of garbage, and 20% of global water pollution. Their solution was to create a program starting at their own school called Upcycle: Reduce Your Fashion Footprint. The team created an app that creates a centralized process and allows people to quickly and easily resell their used clothing. The team from Argentina had great success with their app and program at the Austin Eco Bilingual School and hope to expand it to the rest of their community and beyond.
Next to deliver their presentation was the Uccellis Team from Italy, who attended the event via Zoom. The Uccellis Team describe the problem they were trying to tackle by stating, “High school students don’t have enough academic support: supplies have a huge economic toll on them and their families and they aren’t very sustainable, the need for extra school tutoring courses adds to the economic impact.” To minimize this economic and environmental toll, the team from Italy created “Let’s Swap” a website that “improves quality education by sustainably providing and facilitating academic support exchanges between high school students.” The website allows students to connect with other students and communicate about what they would like to exchange. The website provides users with a variety of options including school supplies, textbooks, tutoring, and other miscellaneous materials. In closing, the team shared that they hope to “provide all students with the opportunity to learn and to have access to books and online tutoring.”
The BPK Penabur Team, from Indonesia, also joined the event via Zoom. This team created an app to provide users with various safety features that coordinate to emergency services wherever they happen to be in the world. They named the app Artemis, which the team related means “Always There” in ancient Greek. The App, which can be used in several different languages, includes components like maps and tracking services, emergency numbers for whichever country you are in, important news headlines, and online education to teach users safety techniques and self-defense. Artemis was designed to help prevent abductions so in addition to tracking services and links to call local emergency services, users can fill out a missing person report right in the app.
Heartbeat in a Box
The Bolles School from Jacksonville, FL., also made the trek to Scarsdale to present their GEC idea in person. This team aims to help homeless people by providing them with medical supplies and pamphlets in a portable, sustainable bag which they dubbed, “Heartbeat in a Box”. As the team explained in their presentation, healthcare is a basic human right that many of the 150 million homeless people in the world don’t have access to…a situation the Bolles Team hopes to help remedy. Each “Heartbeat in a Box” includes pamphlets in multiple languages that help decode medical jargon and have simple visual instructions. The bags, created for the homeless population in Jacksonville, also contain eco-friendly bug spray, sunscreen, homemade soap sheets, gauze and tape, led lights and an alarm system for dangerous situations. While these bags were designed with the specific needs of the Jacksonville population in mind, the Bolles Team also interviewed coordinators of a shelter in the northeast so they would be able to adapt the bags for homeless people in various climates who might have different needs.
Our hometown SHS team, (Henry Nova, Chelsea Berson, Daphne Boockvar and Alex Tretler), aims to help students with fine-motor skill issues have better access to playing instruments and enjoying music lessons like their peers. As the team explained, most musical instruments are created for able-bodied people who own fine-motor dexterity, preventing many impaired students from enjoying the benefits of learning how to play music; benefits like reduced stress and improved cognitive function. To help alleviate this disparity, the SHS Team invented a musical device they call Table Tunes. To ensure that they built a thoughtful and appropriate musical device, the team met with music and special education teachers from Scarsdale and further abroad. With advice from these experts, they were able to produce an easy to use, ergonomical, and sustainable device that helps to bring smiles, joy, and a sense of connection to its users. Another key element of Team SHS’ Table Tunes idea is that they published instructions to recreate the device online, allowing anyone with internet access to replicate Table Tunes, truly making the idea accessible to all.
To close out this amazing event another team from Indonesia, The Binus School, joined virtually to present their solution to the “significant and persistent problem of plastic waste that poses a threat to the environment and human well-being”. To combat this problem, the Binus Team developed Cerita Plastik, an upcycling program, “Where waste turns into treasure and dreams turn into reality.” As they describe, “our goal is to convey stories through plastic creations and contribute to the existing government programs on waste management.” Some of the products the team plans to create include stylish brooches, bags and pocketbooks, and even furniture.
With its motto of “Non-Sibi” (not for self, but for others), the Scarsdale district continuously messages the importance of listening, collaborating, and demonstrating respect for other perspectives and cultures…but the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge was a powerful opportunity for students to practice these important life-skills in real time. Every one of the impressive teams that showcased their hard work, was poised, well-spoken, and demonstrated a sense of professionalism far beyond their years. The ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dedication to this year-long project was on full display during each presentation.
Heather Waters who said the event was “a great opportunity to connect with the larger global community and to recognize that we all face the same issues” was too humble to highlight that her own hard work and dedication to this project saw her honored with the Global Expression and Thought Prize for the Entrepreneurship Challenge curriculum which she developed in partnership with Lisa Yokana.