Eleven Shoreham-Wading River High School juniors and seniors, along with
science teacher Ms. Lori Racaniello and English teacher Mr. Ed Storck,
participated in the 5th annual Northwell Health Spark Challenge
competition recently held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The goal of
the challenge is to engage and inspire healthcare leaders of the future.
Eilis Casey, Jackie Holden, Jenna Lesiewicz, Katlynn McGivney, Danielle
Ohrtman, Julia Petreczky, Mahdi Rashidzada, Emma Reilly, Erin Reilly,
Zana Sawas and Elle Schepis presented to a group of vice presidents of
Northwell Health and other industry leaders. They also interacted with
over 70 other groups from schools on Long Island to learn about their
learning experiences in health care and tested a Da Vinci machine, which
is a minimally invasive robot that surgeons use to perform operations
with faster recovery times.
Earlier this year, these students who are in the school’s Advanced
Placement Research and Women in Science and Engineering program, visited
Northwell Health’s Islandia location where they learned about the
economics of the healthcare industry, the importance of meaningful
patient care and had the opportunity to interview a registered nurse who
leads a team of nurses. They used this event to help create the
presentation and informational materials to help educate others on what
they learned through this experience as part of the competition.
“Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries and this was a
really amazing opportunity to share learning experiences with other
students,” said junior Jackie Holden, who is in both the WISE program
and Advanced Seminar class.