Fifth-grade students in the Lynbrook Public School Voyager Program for gifted and talented students earned high marks at the national and state levels of the Winter Knowledge Master Open.
West End, Marion Street and Waverly Park teams finished first, second and third, respectively, in New York State. The West End team also finished fourth in the nation out of a total of 203 teams. Marion Street and Waverly Park were close behind, with their teams finishing 11th and 12th in the nation. In addition, the Waverly team took first place nationally among schools with enrollments of 200 or fewer students.
The computer-generated contest requires teams of students to work together to answer 100 challenging multiple-choice questions from all curricular areas. The test is timed and points are awarded based on the speed and accuracy of the answers.
“The children have been practicing for this competition since September,” said Voyager teacher Doreen Papa. “It is a remarkable experience to watch them work collaboratively toward a goal and develop respect for each individual’s strengths.”
The West End Voyagers are: Nashely Alvarez, Nicole Barrett, Andrew Blondo, Juliana Condoleo, Grace Coyne, Danny Neri, Daniel Niessing, Elizabeth Ratkiewicz, Veronica Rich, Emily Silberger, Siobhan Stapleton, Matthew Venezia and Richard Wiater.
The Marion Street Voyagers are: Kai Beattie, Elise Candreva, Spencer Chrein, Ryan Denker, Joe Faust, Ben Gagliardo, Max Hastings, Nick Kajtazi, Bernadette Kilkelly, James Montgomery, James Murray, Chris Papini, Christian Sarlo, Colin Schepis, Kyle Schneider and Jason Sitt.
The Waverly Park Voyagers are: Alyssa Burton, Jesse Candel, Sam Cohen, Leo Glassman, Jared Harwin, Kaylie Hausknecht, Brandon Pekale, Pooja Shah, Harrison Simon and Ben Tetelman.