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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT End of year school happenings at Hillcrest High School

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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:17 am

On May 30, Hillcrest HS held its first annual science fair in the school library which included 90 students from the following programs: Health Science Nursing, NASA, Software Engineering, the Hydroponics science research group, the Microbiology group and a Math team group. Some our students were taught by Ms. Nicole Dulaney, a NASA educational liaison at Hillcrest High School who worked with a select group of students engaging them in NASA’s recorded data on climate patterns. Their research focused on the rise in sea level in Lower Manhattan to Cloud Computing on Climate Change.

In addition, thanks to DOE STEM Matters and Cornell University, Hillcrest students were able to explore Hydroponics at the Environmental Science Study Center in Brooklyn. All student contestants were judged by prior Hillcrest York College STEM research academy students who surveyed and assessed the overall performance of the contestants, these programs were implemented and executed by the PreMed Director, Ms. Nelcia Skobelsky with the supervision from the Assistant Principal Mrs. Reilly-Gasior and under the leadership of principal Mr. David Morrison.

Ms. Reilly-Gasior said, “These important STEM classes help to develop those skills in our own Hillcrest students, crucial to many careers: communication, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and data analysis.” The fair was joined by teachers, parents and community participants. According to Ms. Skobelsky this was a definitely worthwhile real world hands-on experience that gave her students the tools they need to be successful in college and their future career.

— by Veronica Hierro

Academic excellence

Students from Hillcrest High School in Jamaica who had received 2017 Academic Excellence Awards from the New York State Department of Education recently came to College Adviser Nicole Conforti’s office to be recognized by for their achievements. The students are Abober, Jishiva, Areefa, Denyshe, Maomi, Sarah, Mufrat, Emily, Hamblon, Sana, Shemhya, Tasmida, Beatriz, Sapon, CJ and Kamila.

— by Bob Harris

It’s My Park Day 2017

Hillcrest students with members of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association at the spring 2017 It’s My Park Day in Cunningham Park. The Hillcrest students were led by Student Government Adviser Haydee Recinos. The students weeded, removed trash and planted flowers.


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