LHS Students Showcase Innovative Company

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Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise students recently participated in an elevator pitch competition at the Long Island Virtual Enterprise Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference at LIU Post. More than 2,000 students from across Long Island attended the event which was open to all VE high school students.
 
Students showcased their companies and participated in breakout sessions that focused on social media marketing and the financing of a successful business. Lynbrook High School senior Ethan Marcus represented Lynbrook High School’s VE company “Checkmate,” a financial help app that will track subscriptions, personal finances and stocks to help manage customer’s savings. Marcus serves as the company’s vice president of communications and pitched “Checkmate” against more than 105 other firms. 
 
“Marcus did a phenomenal job captivating the crowd and he kept spirits high while managing to steal laughs and applause from the audience,” said Lynbrook High School VE teacher Dr. Benedict Tieniber.
 
Although “Checkmate” did not progress to the final round of the competition, the day was a valuable experience for the students.
 
“Aside from the competition, a lot of great things happened that day anyway,” said Lynbrook High School senior and “Checkmate” chief executive officer Jane Hoeflinger. “We made strategic networking moves and have since completed a significant amount of sales from companies we met at that competition. Ethan did an amazing job and we are all so proud of him.”
  
Following the pitch competition, the students were divided into breakout sessions to learn about their corresponding departments.

“The breakout sessions were helpful and talking to professionals who have real world experience in the finance sector will help us when we format our official business plan, due Dec. 13,” said Lynbrook High School senior and co-chief financial officer Jared Moreida.
 
After the event, the students learned that "Checkmate" ranked in the top 25% nationally in the 2019-2020 National Elevator Pitch Competition. The company will participate in their next competition on Jan. 9. Students will be presenting their business plan and competing against other schools.

VIDEO: Waverly Park Honors Local Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, Waverly Park students and staff hosted their annual “Bring a Veteran to School Day” on Nov. 8. The school’s student council, along with student council advisors Shari Bowes and Courtney Jacobs, facilitated the special event to honor local veterans for their service. 


Lynbrook Senior Advocates for Girls Education

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Djellza Pulitani, a senior at Lynbrook High School, is a natural born a leader who strives to make a positive change in the world. Djellza was recently selected as a girls panelist for the nonprofit advocacy group She’s the First, in partnership with Akili Dada and MAIA. She was one of six girls to travel to the United Nations to present the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights.

Djellza discovered the She’s the First program while doing research about establishing a foundation for girls education. She filled out an application and was selected to be on a panel consisting of 15 trailblazing girls from nine different countries who would draft the top 10 rights that all girls should have. More than 1,000 girls from 34 countries submitted their thoughts about what rights should be included in the first Global Girls’ Bill of Rights. Djellza and the team worked together to narrow down the top ten and from there, the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights was born. 

These rights include: 
• free, quality education
• equality
• involvement in decision-making and access to leadership positions
• documentation
• comprehensive sexual education and access to free, quality reproductive healthcare 
• protection from harmful traditions and enjoyment of positive cultural practices 
• safety from all forms of violence
• decision-making about their body and sexuality 
• protection under the law without fear or unequal treatment
• freedom from exploitation 

During her trip to the U.N., Djellza and six of the girls from her team met the Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to discuss why the rights are so important globally. The girls also met editor Diane Cole from NPR where they shared their hopes for the project and had an article written about their mission. After hearing about the girls presentation, Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N. Amina J. Mohammed made it her mission to meet the group as well.
  
“It was such an honor” said Djellza.

Following her visit to the U.N., Djellza attended the 8th annual She’s the First Summit in New York City where she met new people and heard from keynote speaker Isha Sesay, a former CNN anchor and correspondent who reported on the girls abducted from school by Boko Haram in 2014.
  
“We got a real perspective of someone who was an eyewitness of things that were happening and things that are currently still a problem overseas,” said Djellza. “I met a lot of interesting people. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Djellza, whose family is from Kosovo, said that her passion to advocate for girls education stemmed from her immigrant family who are from a more patriarchal society. 

“It’s been really prevalent in my everyday life to feel that disconnect,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of girls out there who feel that every day…I have the privilege of being in a community where I can speak my truth and really advocate for others. I have a voice when there are millions of girls out there who are silenced so it’s really been a mission in my life to be able to advocate for others who don’t have a voice.”

Following graduation in the spring, Djellza plans to present the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights to the government of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. She, along with the She’s the First organization will provide toolboxes and show government officials how to implement the Bill of Rights into their society. 

Students Selected for Nassau Music Festivals

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Seventeen talented string musicians from throughout the district were recently selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau intermediate and secondary festivals.
 
Lynbrook High School student-musicians who will participate in the LISFA Nassau Secondary Festival from Nov. 15-17 at Wisdom Lane Middle School include freshman Dylan Baltes, sophomores Manaka Ogura and Mia Tetelman, juniors Camilla Bahri and Emily Bergin and seniors Arpie Bakhshian and Kaylin Tephly.
 
At the intermediate level, four fifth graders and six middle school students were selected from the district. These student-musicians will perform with top students from throughout Nassau County in the LISFA intermediate festival on March 7 and 8 at Uniondale High School.

Participants include Lilly Sloan and Sebastian Damiani from West End Elementary School, Andrew Charpentier from Marion Street Elementary School and Rayna Barnhill from Waverly Park Elementary School. Middle school participants include Lynbrook South Middle School sixth graders Nycollet Altamirano and Sophia Schoen and eighth graders Olivia Pollicino and Elizabeth Charpentier, and Lynbrook North Middle School sixth grader Timothy Neri and eighth grader Stephanie Neri.
 
Congratulations to all the student-musicians on this great achievement! 

West End Students Thank Local Veterans

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West End students provided thank you letters and artwork for the Lynbrook Police Department's annual Veterans Day breakfast on Nov. 11. The room and tables were decorated with their creations and each veteran in attendance received a thank you card to take home! Great job, West End!