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Bethpage High School

10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714

PRINCIPAL: Mr. Michael Spence

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr. Kevin Healy, Mr. Ralph Tocco

Main Office:
516-644-4100 (Phone)
516-644-4110 (Fax)

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English, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health, Math, Reading,World Languages


In the News

Summer Assignments for 2017-18

Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement, Pre-AP, and Philosophy courses are now available.  They can be accessed by selecting "AP Summer Assignments 2017-18" in the left menu or by clicking on the link below.

AP Summer Assignments 2017-18


Art Show

The Bethpage High School Art Show was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The artwork displayed in the Main Lobby showcased a variety of outstanding student work ranging from Advanced Placement Studio Art, College Pottery, Fine Arts, Sculpture, Drawing & Painting, Digital Art, Animation, Fashion Design, Digital Photography, and Studio in Art.  Thanks to all of the student artists and their teachers for their hard work!

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Autism Awareness

Under the direction of Ms. Moscola, students working towards their CDOS credentials raised $336.00 for the Autism Society of American Nassau/Suffolk Chapter.  The students took care of all of the fine details, including selling hearts, counting the money, and taping each heart to a poster.  

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Italian Club Pasta Cook Off

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Italian Club held the first annual Pasta Cook Off. The judges were Mr. Spence, Mr. Healy, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Falcone, and Yolanda Caso, along with numerous Bethpage students and faculty, all had the opportunity to feast upon homemade pasta dishes cooked by Italian club members. The Italian Club raised $200 to donate to earthquake victims in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The winners of the Pasta Cook Off were:
   1st Prize -- Caterina Rubino and Emily Kingston
   2nd Prize -- Natalie Rich, Julia Bradley, and Sam Goldman
   3rd Prize -- Savannah Cagna
Buon appetito!

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Italian Club Visits Rizzoli Bookstore

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Italian Club spent the afternoon in Manhattan visiting the Italian bookstore, Rizzoli. It is considered the most beautiful literary landmark in Manhattan, specializing in illustrated and foreign language books. Students explored Italian literature, magazines, and newspapers offered throughout the bookstore. Then, the Italian Club made their way to Eataly to explore the market and relish in all of the tasty foods! The evening concluded in Madison Square Park to enjoy some Shake Shack, Madison Square Eats, and the beautiful weather, all while playing some Italian card games.

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On Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017, Madame Ciarniello organized Bethpage residents and students to speak in various languages at Saint Martin of Tours Church in Bethpage for the celebration of Pentecost. Among the students were senior Anthony Hernandez, who spoke in Spanish and freshmen Kevin Groom and Jack Kemperle, who both spoke in French. Madame Ciarniello and Monsieur Ciarniello spoke in French, Italian, and Spanish.  All of the participants spoke eloquently and impressed the congregation.  

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French Club Dinner

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, members of the Bethpage High School French Club enjoyed their annual end of year dinner at Cassis Brasserie in Plainview. Accompanied by Madame Ciarniello, the students dined on "salade, soupe a l'oignon, steak-frites, poulet roti (roasted chicken), and the delicious desert, profiteroles" (French pastry filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream).  Everything was fantastique!  


Nassau County Science Competition

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Bethpage High School students Alyssa D'Arrigo, Marianna Neranzitnis, Brian McCarthy, Smiti Shah. Elisabeth Freedman, and Bryan Hanley completed in the Nassau County Science Competition (NCSC), which was hosted at Freeport High School. Smiti medaled for "Best Display and Presentation" and Elisabeth won first place in her category as well as 3rd place overall among all projects.  Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the NCSC!

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National Honor Society Induction

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Bethpage High School Center for Performing Arts. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Bethpage Chapter welcomed in 100 new members, each of whom embody those aforementioned traits. Congratulations to our 2017 inductees! Special thanks to the Bethpage Dad's Club for all of their efforts in coordinating the National Honor Society Banquet, which followed the ceremony.

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Future Engineers

Students from Bethpage High School traveled to Hofstra University for a special program beginning with an informational session about careers in engineering followed by a keynote with an engineer from Lockheed Martin who shared his journey into engineering and specifics regarding the $2 billion dollar communications satellite program which ran into complications only teamwork and creative thinking could solve. Hofstra students in the engineering program then escorted the students across the beautiful South Campus for a tour of the engineering classrooms and laboratories sharing short explanations and demonstrations of ethical hacking, a supersonic wind tunnel, a specially designed go-cart, and a robotic arm. Special thanks to Hofstra University for hosting and arranging this interesting program for some future engineers!

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BHS Orchestra Visits Nation's Capital

The Bethpage High School Orchestra traveled to Washington, D.C. from May 11, 2017 through May 13, 2017 to participate in the Music in the Parks Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. The students placed second in the overall competition. While at the nation's capital, the group toured the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Mall.  The students concluded their visit at Six Flags America. A great time was had by all!

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World Language Honor Society Induction

The 5th Annual World Language Honor Society Induction was conducted by the World Language teachers of Bethpage High School on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in the Center for Performing Arts. A total of fifty-six students were inducted into the three Language Honor Societies - six students into the Les Arcs de Triomphe Chapter of La Societe Honoraire de Francais; twenty-seven students into the Luigi Pirandello Chapter of the Societa Onoraria Italica; and twenty-three students into the Loyola Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. The keynote address, "Communication, Languages, and Art in Today's World" was given by sculptor and artist, Guido Dettoni della Grazia.  Bethpage High School seniors Mike Sweeney, Sean Ganley, and Anthony Hernandez also spoke about their language experiences throughout the years. Congratulations to all of the students on this accomplishment!

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Regal Eagles Participate in FIRST Robotics World Championships

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, recently qualified and participated in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.  This was the first time in the nine-year history of Bethpage High School Robotics that the entire team qualified for FIRST Robotics World Championships!  The event brought together more than 15,000 students and over 400 teams from across the United States and more than 30 other countries!  Outside of participating in the competition, the Regal Eagles visited the City Museum, Old Courthouse (known for the Dred Scott decision), Gateway Arch (and took a tram ride to the top of the Arch), and successfully conquered the Mastermind Escape Room!  Special thanks to Mr. Zabell, Mr. and Mrs. von der Esch, and Regal Eagles alum, Ray Katigbak for their support of the team throughout the trip.

Congratulations to all of the students and team coaches, Mr. Zabell and Mr. Kay, on an outstanding season!

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Bethpage Ranks Among "America's Most Challenging High Schools"

According to Jay Matthews, Educational Columnist of the Washington Post, Bethpage High School is ranked #565 among "America's Most Challenging High Schools", moving up from #698 in 2016.  The rankings are based on how well the nation's top high schools successfully challenge their students with only 12% of United States high schools making the cut.  Jay Matthews' column and rankings can be accessed at the links below.

America's Most Challenging High Schools: A 30-year project that keeps growing

America's Most Challenging High Schools


Bethpage Takes 2nd Place at the Northeast Region Ethics Bowl

The Northeast Invitational Ethics Bowl took place at Manhattanville College on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Sixteen teams were invited from the northeast regional ethics bowls that took place in February including Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester County. These teams matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included reparation payments for the ancestors of slaves, the use of animals in biomedical testing, and the banning of religious clothing in order to maintain national security. The Bethpage team won all three of the preliminary rounds and the semi-final round which allowed them to complete in the final round against Dwight Englewood High School from New Jersey. It was a tough fight, with Bethpage earning 2nd place honors. The Bethpage team was represented by Jack Lewis, Andrei Aziz, Hajarah Dar, Josh Danziger, Jason Katz, Marissa Parisi, and Jessica O'Keefe. Congratulations to all of the students that competed!

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Long Island Science Congress

Eighteen science research students in Grades 9-12 attended the Long Island Science Congress (LISC) competition which was held in April at St. Anthony's High School. Bethpage High School had a great turn-out in regards to student rankings. Some notable rankings include:

LISC Junior Division
   -- Ysabella Bachmeier, Grade 9 - "Honors" Rank
   -- Gaetano Re, Grade 9 and Joseph Colavolpe, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank

LISC Senior Division
   -- Smiti Shah, Grade 11 - "Honors" Rank
   -- Rahul Busri, Grade 9 - Recipient of the Robert Nelson Monetary Award
   -- Marianna Nerantzinis, Grade 12; Ujala Dar, Grade 9; Avery Mack, Grade 12; Bryan Hanley, Grade 9;
      Nicole Zacchia, Grade 9 - "Achievement" Rank

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Penn Relay Qualifiers

The Bethpage High School 4x800 Relay Team qualified for the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field of the University of Pennsylvania. The relay team is comprised of Dan Midgette, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Aidan Pech. Congratulations on this accomplishment!

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Our Day at the Opera!

Students from across the district were the guests of the Metropolitan Opera Company at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as part of their participation in the 21st Century Activity: The MET: HD Live in Schools. The students were met by Education Department and trip organizer, Dan Marshall and two opera house tour guides.

The students, accompanied by their teacher chaperones (Mrs. McGrath, Ms. Kovacs, Ms. Sinisi, and Mr. Wibben) were divided into two groups; elementary students and middle/high school students, and taken on a tour of this huge facility. They were able to view a few minutes of a rehearsal happening on the huge stage of the 3,800 seat opera house and learned about the almost perfect acoustical properties of the house. They also saw the beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the lobby and theater, which were a gift from the Australian government for our country's assistance in World War II. They were then taken by elevator to several different floors underground, where they observed the costume shop, wig-makers, special effects machinery, scenery and lighting production, as well as props and paining. In addition, we visited rehearsal studios and learned about the children's chorus and their assigned dressing rooms. They also loved seeing the doors and the animals come through, when used in productions!

Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered many questions.  As we passed through the various underground tunnels, we even caught a glimpse of internationally known opera star Placido Domingo in a rehearsal. At the conclusion of our tour, we were taken into The Belmont Room, where we met 2004 Bethpage High School graduate Matt Rubin, the current assistant lighting director at the Met. He hold us about his path to his current career and how he often did work in technology during his high school years in Bethpage. A graduate of Hofstra University, he has traveled extensively and worked his way up to his current position. The students and teachers were able to ask him questions and pose for photographs.

Following a delicious lunch in the Lincoln Square area, the students boarded the bus for the trip home filled with information about this American Arts institution and looking forward to future opera experiences! 

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Regal Eagles in the News!

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) recently competed in the Hudson Valley Regional at Rockland County Community College and the SBPLI Long Island Regional at Hofstra University.

Altice USA documented the Regal Eagles six-week build season leading up towards their competitions.  It is available at: VIDEO

At the SBPLI Long Island Regional, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Regal Eagles qualified for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!

Congratulations to all of the students and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay! Special thanks to Altice USA for documenting the Regal Eagles journey this season!


Regal Eagles Compete in FIRST Steamworks!

The Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) competed in their second competition of the year in the SBPLI (School Business Partners of Long Island) FIRST Steamworks Long Island Regional hosted at Hofstra University.  The competition ran from March 30, 2017 through April 1, 2017.

The link below is a video of a match that the Regal Eagles (Team #2869) participated in on March 31, 2017 as a member of the Red Alliance.  VIDEO

At the competition, the Regal Eagles were recipients of the Regional Chairman's Award, the MOST prestigious award presented at FIRST, which is awarded to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.  The team qualifies for the FIRST World Championships later this month in St. Louis!

Congratulations to all of the Regal Eagles and team advisors, Mr. Zabell & Mr. Kay!


LISEF Accomplishments

In the JV LISEF competition, six students from Bethpage High School attended.  They were Adina Rahman, Rahul Busri, Ujala Dar, Candace Haney, Avery Mack, and Alyssa D'Arrigo.  In the category of Environmental Studies, Candace ranked 2nd and Alyssa ranked 4th out of a total of 38 projects.  

In LISEF Round 2, Soham Maiti placed 4th in the Math category.  Smiti Shah placed 3rd in the Environmental Engineering category out of a total of 28 projects! Congratulations to all of the students that participated on their accomplishments!

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La Festa Italiana

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Italian Club along with Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio celebrated the 45th annual Festa Italiana. With the help of Ms. Jill-Rito and many parent volunteers, the Bethpage High School Auxiliary Gym was transformed into an Italian haven, offering a variety of regional dishes, delicious desserts, and photo-booth fun with Italian props and accessories. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed the day and experienced "la dolce vita."

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Bethpage Competes in the Long Island Ethics Bowl

The 8th Annual Long Island Ethics Bowl took place at Hofstra University on Saturday, February 11, 2017. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative, yet competitive event, in which two teams are presented with a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas and are asked to analyze them; they are then judged on the basis of their analyses. Twenty six teams from fourteen Long Island high schools matched wits over ethical cases whose topics included banning religious clothing, having a baby in order to use it for organ donation, and the use of nudge marketing to entice consumers to buy products. Teams competed in four preliminary rounds and the top four teams went onto the semi-finals in order to ultimately determine the top two teams. The Bethpage team of Andrei Aziz, Marco Cunha, Hajarah Dar, Andrew Sciglibaglio, and Ari Kranias placed 8th while the second team of Jack Lewis, Josh Danziger, Samantha Herman, Katelin Leavey, and Jason Katz placed 16th. Congratulations to all of the students who competed. The Long Island Ethics Bowl is sponsored by the Square Family Foundation. The foundation was founded by Long Island native Gary Squire, an advocate for more philosophical instruction at the pre-college level.

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SADD Club Visits The INN

Students in the Bethpage High School SADD Club visited The INN on Thursday, March 9, 2017. They prepared lunch for over 300 guests, sorted clothes and prepared the boutique for the guests to shop, stocked food for the guests to take home for the weekend, and made goodie-bags for them for dinner. They did it all with a smile and the guests were very appreciative!


New Balance Nationals for Winter Track & Field

The Bethpage High School Winter Track & Field team will have student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay at the National Championships in New York City on Friday, March 10, 2017. The relay team consists of Aidan Pech, Clayton Santiago, Justin Cano, and Dan Midgette. Congratulations to these student-athletes on their achievement and we wish them the best at the New Balance Nationals!  Special thanks to their coaches, Coach Ravener and Coach Posch! 

To watch the replay of the New Balance Nationals and our student-athletes competing in the 4 x 800 meter relay, click on the following link:  VIDEO.


SPEC Makes Valentine's Day Special!

The members of SPEC (Students Putting an End to Cancer) helped make Valentine's Day extra special by distributing hundreds of red, pink, and white carnations throughout the high school community on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  The beautiful flowers were donated by the wonderful staff at Bethpage Florist -- our warmest thanks to them for their generosity! Club members met to sell, tag, and deliver the Valentine's Day greetings. Special recognition to the enthusiastic club officers: Seniors Alyssa D'Arrigo, Emily Guida, Sam Herman, and Lauren Nani for their dedication and hard work! They truly encapsulate the SPEC mission and their efforts are impressive and inspiring!

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Golden Eagles at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair 

Five students from Bethpage High School proudly represented the school community in this year's Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.  The students and their topics were:

  • Julie Grzybowki - "The Effect of Biodiversity on Plant Growth and Productivity"
  • Anthony Hernandez - "Sindonology: Vehicle for and Against Authenticity of the Turin Shroud"
  • Soham Maiti - "The Derivation and Applications of Special Relativity"
  • Brian McCarthy - "Robot Assistant: Picking Up Objects for the Vision Impaired"
  • Smiti Shah - "Efficient Nano-Based Water Filter: A Novel Application of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles (AgNP) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Ink with Applied Electrical Current"

The students competed against more than 400 other Long Island students.  Soham and Smiti were selected to move on to LISEF's Round 2 Regional Fair, with the opportunity to compete in this year's international fair!

Congratulations to all of the students on their accomplishments and hard work!


Student Leadership Conference

Bethpage High School students Jason Steier, Gillian O'Boyle, Kelly Hughes, Irena Tsavaris, Ryan O'Neill, and Jason Seiter attended a Student Leadership Conference at Hofstra University on February 2nd. They were accompanied by Mr. Franzke, Ms. Tierney, Principal Spence and Athletic Director Mr. Franchi.

Gian Paul Gonzalez was an inspiring guest speaker at this event.


2017-18 Course of Studies Guide

The Bethpage High School 2017-18 Course of Studies Guide is now available.  Click on the link below to access the guide.

17-18 Course of Studies **Revised: 01-18-17**


Regal Eagles Featured in Altice Connects Coverage of Robotics Invitational

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Bethpage High School Robotics Team (Regal Eagles) completed in the Half Hollow Hills Invitational. Altice documented this event with a short video featuring Mr. Dan Zabell, Coach of the Regal Eagles and Smiti Shah, Student Co-Captain of the Regal Eagles.  The entire team is looking forward to the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition hosted at Hofstra University in the Spring 2017 and the upcoming build season!  Click on the link below to access the video.



Italian Voyage to New York City

On December 2, 2016, the Italian students from Bethpage High School spent a beautiful day enjoying the sights and sounds of Manhattan during the holiday season. After indulging in some delicious pastries and espresso from Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy, the students feasted on delectable Italian cuisine at Carmine's Restaurant. The trip concluded with a stroll through Midtown to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree along with other famous sites such as Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the spectacular holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue.  

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Bethpage Black Belt

Congratulations to Bethpage High School junior Ryan Morano for earning his Black Belt in Karate on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Busto's Martial Arts Center in Plainview. Ryan's Black Belt encompassed over nine years of dedicated training. Ryan's parents and several family members attended his Black Belt ceremony. Mr. Fenster and Mr. Levy were also in attendance to support Ryan's accomplishments. One of Ryan's instructors, Russell Cranor, is a graduate of Bethpage High School. In addition to Karate, Ryan is also a member of the Varsity Winter and Spring Track teams as well as a dedicated participant in the High School Weight Training program.

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BHS Halloween Costumes Care 

On Monday, October 31, 2016, Bethpage High School faculty joined the student body in the Halloween spirit while raising money for charity. This year, the faculty raised over $200 for the Long Island Special Olympics to be hosted here at Bethpage High School on Saturday, May 20, 2017.


Tireless SPEC Club

The members of SPEC have been very busy since the club was revamped in September. In addition to making and mailing dozens of Halloween cards to the children at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, our club meetings also highlight visits from professions "in the field". On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ms. Jaime Pacheco spoke to us about the remarkable work of PALS - Patient Airlift Services. Ms. Pacheco explained that PALS helps individuals access the best possible treatment for the best possible outcome. Operating out of Farmingdale's Republic Airport, volunteer pilots donate time, expertise, and aircrafts - with no compensation - to benefit others. There is never a cost to the patient.

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Italian Club Trip to Arthur Avenue

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, students in the Italian Club spent a beautiful afternoon strolling along Arthur Avenue. The club advisers, Mrs. Sagarese and Ms. Calio, along with fellow Italian teacher, Ms. Rito, guided the students along this historical area known as "Little Italy" of the Bronx. Everyone enjoyed buying fresh mozzarella, hand-made pasta, cannoli filled with delicious cream while you wait, and a variety of authentic Italian items in specialty stores along the strip. We ended our trip with a wonderful meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant, enjoying Italian specialties such as ravioli con polpette, parmigiana, and pollo al francese. Squisito!

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Successful Junior Academy Scientist

Bethpage High School's Smiti Shah has been participating in the online, virtual program called "The Junior Academy". Smiti and her team recently won first place in the International Global Innovation Challenge hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences under the category of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Wearable Technology Development. Working with an international team comprised of students from Macedonia, Scotland, and the United States with a mentor from India, Smiti and her team developed a water filtration device able to purify water consisting of many chemical and biological contaminants. Her team, "AquaeVitae" worked tirelessly over 70 days and well over 300 hours creating this prototype.

Smiti was also invited to speak about her experience at The Junior Academy over the past year and introduce a guest speaker. The archived video presentation can be watched at VIDEO.  Specifically, Smiti can be seen at the following time stamps:

 -- 00:39 -- 04:09 --> Smiti speaks about her experience in The Junior Academy and introduces Mr. Eric Mortensen
 -- 39:11 -- 48:22 --> Team AquaeVitae's Presentation
 -- 48:30 -- 50:33 --> Awards Presentation

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An article highlighting the Junior Academy International Global Innovation Challenge can be found here:  ARTICLE.

Smiti and her team's experience was also published on Elsevier Connect.  The article can be found here:  ARTICLE.

Smith and Team AquaeVitae were interviewed by the New York Academy of Sciences.  The interview can he found here: VIDEO.

Smiti hopes to continue her work with The Junior Academy and continue working to solve these global challenges.  

Congratulations to Smiti and Team AquaeVitae on their success and achievements!