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Mrs. Snow and Mrs. Lavoo’s kindergarten class spent some time planning out how to build sailboats! The students colored their boats and put them together all on their own.
Some used all the pieces provided and others didn’t. First we tested to see if the boats would float! They all did, however we quickly learned that once they were put in the water with wind they didn’t all sail the correct way! The kids had a blast and were able to take their boats home to continue the fun!
InclusiveU student and Syracuse men’s basketball manager Harry Dydo is a happy, proud and loving person that makes everyone around him smile. He makes every day special. His story and the positive impact he has already made on the world is encouraging to all.
The Bridge Arts Ensemble is a Teaching Artist organization that brings music to over 50 school districts in the Adirondack Park Region, and impacts 50,000+ students annually. BAE artists travel from New York City in ensembles of 6 (2 singers, a pianist, a percussionist and 2 additional instrumentalists) for residencies in each school district, ranging between three and five days. Working with individual schools, Bridge Arts Ensemble artists aim to tailor their activities to best support a school’s curriculum and arts education needs. Each ensemble consists of a variety of diverse musicians, exposing students to musical styles including Broadway, Classical, Jazz and World music. BAE’s roster is made up of some of New York City’s finest musicians including graduates of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music. As experienced Teaching Artists, our roster contains members of Carnegie’s Ensemble Connect (formerly ACJW), the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists, as well as current and former cast members of Broadway, off-Broadway and National Touring productions.
Feed your snack cravings and stay satisfied in between meals with these grocery store picks that won’t blow your diet.
Perfect for Valentines Day!
Greenwich High School students participated in and won the case for defense and tied in points on their first round of the annual New York State Bar Association’s Mock Trial Tournament on Tuesday, February 13, at the Warren County Court House. The defense team consisted of Seth Batty, Gage Boddery, Emma Bodner, Gabriel Mann, Brooke Smith, Jesse Tefft, and teacher/coach Brenda Lee Saunders. Jesse Tefft was awarded best advocate (attorney) and Seth Batty was awarded best witness for this event.
The Warren County Bar Association coordinates the district competition. Greenwich’s next mock trial event will take place on Tuesday, March 6, at 4:30 at the Warren County Courthouse where the team will be the prosecution. Spectators are welcome.
The mock trial is first and foremost an educational program designed to teach high school students basic trial skills. Students learn how to conduct direct and cross examinations, how to present opening and closing statements, how to think on their feet and learn the dynamics of a courtroom. Students also learn how to analyze legal issues and apply the law to the facts of the case. Secondly, but equally important, is that participation in the mock trial teaches the students professionalism. Students learn ethics, civility, and how to be ardent but courteous advocates for their clients. Good sportsmanship and respect for all participants are central to the competition.
A special thank you is extended to the team’s attorney advisor, Timothy Bulger. Congratulations to the team for a commendable performance.
Pictured above at the Warren County Courthouse is the Greenwich Mock Trial Team
Seth Batty, Gage Boddery, Jesse Tefft, Madison Snell, Emma Bodner, Ms. Saunders, Brooke Smith, Kimberley Kirk and Gabriel Mann
Greenwich Central School
10 Gray Avenue
Greenwich, New York 12834
Olivia Snell, Reporter
February 13, 2018
On February 5th – 6th, 2018 Greenwich’s FFA officers were selected to join eighty FFA members from across New York State for the State Leadership Experience Conference in Albany. On the first day, members attended leadership workshops conducted by the New York State FFA Officer Team where they learned about the legislative process and the importance of advocacy. The second day featured guest speakers from NYS Farm Bureau, Cornell University and National FFA. The NYS FFA District 3 delegation from Greenwich, Galway, Salem, and Chateaugay traveled to the Legislative Office Building to view the Assembly Agriculture Committee in action. At the conclusion of the meeting there was a lively question and answer session with the committee members. Eleven legislative appointments with Senators and Assemblymen, including our own Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Senator Betty Little were made. After advocating for the importance of agricultural education in the Legislative Office Building, our members watched the Senate in session. NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul met with the group in the Blue Room of the Capitol. The officers were extremely impressed with her inspiring speech. Upon closing an exciting day at the Capitol, FFA members took several lessons with them, including the importance of advocacy and using one’s voice to effectively convey a message. Greenwich FFA Officers were proud to represent NYS FFA and agricultural education.
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Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Announces Winter 2018 Scholar Athlete Teams and Individuals
Greenwich, NY, February 9, 2018
The Greenwich Junior-Senior High School community is proud of our school’s long tradition of academic and athletic excellence. During the just completed winter 2018 athletic season, one varsity teams fielded by the Greenwich Central School District was designated as Scholar Athlete Team. To achieve this designation, a team must have had 75% of the varsity players earn a grade point average of 90% or higher.
The Scholar Athlete Team designation demonstrates that student athletes at GCS are fulfilling our school purpose of producing well rounded, active, healthy, and motivated young adults ready to achieve at the highest level when they move on from our school. Congratulations to the students, coaches, and teachers whose hard work and commitment to excellence led to these honors!
Below are the teams that have earned the NYSPHSAAA Scholar Athlete Team designation this school year.
Fall Sports Winter Sports
Girls Cross Country Girls Indoor Track
In addition to the team recognition, the following student athletes earned individual designation as a New York State Scholar Athlete (had a GPA of 90% or better for the second marking period).
Indoor Girls Track Indoor Boys Track
Alyssa Bigness Damon Brownell
Kathryn Campbell David Gabriel
Nadia Chincola Michael Gabriel
Keegan Collins Samuel Grimmke
Quinn Collins Peyton Howard
Tayler Cristaldi Colm Niesz
Girls Basketball Boys Basketball
Madelyn Brophy Reed Boduch
Molly Brophy Samuel Howard
Tess Merrill Joseph Smith III
Kelsey Carpenter Jenna Hogan Rosalind Maguire
Penelope Crawford Kaitlyn Lavoo Emily Talmadge
Georgiana Douglas Keilana MacNeil Justice White
GCS FBLA COMPETES 2018
The Greenwich Chapter of FBLA competed at the District 5 FBLA Spring District Meeting yesterday, Thursday, February 08, 2018 at the Lake George Holiday Inn. This year FBLA had over 60 students from Greenwich, Lake George, Peru, Plattsburgh, and Queensbury compete in various business related topics and performance events.
Contest winners include:
Introduction to FBLA: 2nd-Jackson Vanderhoff
4th Finn Brletich
Introduction to Financial Math: 1st-Arianna Spiezio
Business Communication: 3rd-Madison Loveland
Job Interview: 3rd-Lauren DeSorbe
Introduction to Business: 2nd-Finn Brletich
Qualifying to represent FBLA District 5 at the FBLA State Convention in April in Binghamton, NY were:
Client Service Competition: 2nd-Jenna Wilbur
Basic Decision Competition: 2nd-Arianna Spiezio
FBLA is the oldest and largest business student organization in the world. The organization’s mission is to help students bridge the gap between the classroom and the business world by providing an opportunity to learn first-hand about the business community. Greenwich FBLA is advised by Christine Belden, Business Teacher – new members are always welcome.
Pictured are front row: McKayla Gutasy, Jocelyn Spiezio, Emily Reizel & Madison Loveland. Back row: Madelyn Brophy, Arianna Spiezio, Marquita Gutasy, Liv Cederstrom, Jenna Wilbur, Lauren DeSorbe, Alyssa Bigness, Devin Drew, Gage Boddery, Jackson Vanderhoff and Finn Brletich.
Greenwich Central High School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll 2017-2018
High Honors – 89.5 and above
Grade 7 – Catherine Abate, Reese Autiello, Alexander Baker, Nathaniel Baker, Kyra Balentine, Bradley Brophy, Kathryn Campbell, Keegan Collins, MacKenzie Dixson, Joshua Ginart, Ava Hamilton, Dutch Hamilton, Lila Jarvis, Aidan Jones, Declan Kelleher, Maeve Kelleher, Kaitlyn Lavoo, Antonia Levitas, Mia Manera, McKenzie Manney, Grace McFarren, Carrie Mueller, Jessica Newell, Norah Niesz, Morgan Randall, Rhiley Sausville, Sarah Schmitt, Kathryn Snell, Jocelyn Spiezio, Roxy Vanderhoff, Matthew White, Teagan Wright, Jacob Ziehm
Grade 8 – Samuel Andrews, Reagan Bittel, Gavin Blair, Danielle Boyea, Nadia Chincola, Lauren Chuhta,
Tayler Cristaldi, Lola Davidson, Luke Demianenko, Hunter Dixson, Mary Estramonte, Shea Fortier,
Emma French, Ciarrah Hebert, Gareth Hill, Alexandra Holmes, Faith Ingber, Jackson Javurek, Katie Larmon, Francesca Levitas, Lauren Marci, Nicholas Marci, Ellery Mays, Lily McCauliffe, Caitlyn McClay, Aidan McPhail, Molly Morse-Belcher, Jenna Olmert, Lilly Peck, Jordynn Perry, Emily Scieszka, Nina Sgambelluri, Ryan Skiff, Alyssa Spiezio, Peter Stone, Olivia Strope, Emily Talmadge, Zachary Wiss, Haley Zanella
Grade 9 – Madeline Baker, Skyler Balentine, Molly Brophy, Cole Brown, Madelyn Carney, Jazmine Ciccarone, George Denaker, Damien Dubois, David Gabriel, Charles Gartner, William Hamilton, Faith Hewitt, Caleb Hinton, Jenna Hogan, Ryan Jones, Ramona Jordan, Kyle Karp, Julianna Kuzmich, Sydney Loveland, Julian Mattison, Tess Merrill, Travis Michel, Rachel Mueller, Dillon Niles, Jake Owens, Nicholas Rodd, Dylan Skiff, Austin Smith, Isabelle Solan, Abigail Sova, Sophia Traver, Tyler Ziehm
Grade 10 – Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Christopher Albrecht, Erin Armitage, Alyssa Bigness, Madelyn Brophy, Damon Brownell, Quinn Collins, Emma Cronin, Maya Dean, Sarah Demarest, Joseph Dziewulski, Joshua Epstine, Henry Gartner, Matthew Ginart, Samuel Howard, Keilana MacNeil,
Lauren Maines, Gabriel Mann, Callagh Mays, Liam Niesz, Christian O’Brien, Grant Peck, Carly Rogers, Andrew Rymph, Conor Showalter, Brooke Smith, Lillian Smith, Arianna Spiezio, Jaydah Talmadge, Jennifer Wilbur, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Michael Wright, Jeremy Zanella
Grade 11 – Hope Billings, Reed Boduch, Ryan Brownell, Evan Carpenter, Penelope Crawford, Lucia D’Acchille, Georgiana Douglas, Ashley Gwin, Peyton Howard, Eliza Jordan, Liam Kelleher, Madison Loveland, Jakob Niles, Emily Reiszel, Olivia Snell, Jamie Voumard
Grade 12 – Emma Bodner, Samantha Boyea, Daniel Brierley, Kelsey Carpenter, Hannah Dauenhauer, Brittany Dionne, Amanda Ennis, Michael Gabriel, Elizabeth Gregorek, Samuel Grimmke, Olivia Hansen, Luke Jordan, Chloe Littell, Rosalind Maguire, Danielle McFee, Mackenzie Moy, Colm Niesz, Ciana Phillips, Joseph Smith III, Chloe Spigner, Megan Steindl, Kierstyn Strasswimmer, Jesse Tefft, Justice White, Jason Wilbur, Kandice Wilbur, Gabrielle Wiss
Honors – 84.5 – 89.4
Grade 7: Aidan Armitage, Bailey Bain, Robert Barnes, Jasmine Brammer, Kaydance Brownell, Elizabeth Coltey, Megan Cronin, Megan Cross, Blake Demianenko, Matthew Epstine, Graham Genevick, Maya Gobin, Anna Harrington, Benjamin Holmes, Christopher Kuzmich, Kali Moy, Reegan Mullen, Reece Saunders, Christian VanDoren, Gabriel Waite, Brian Wells Jr.
Grade 8: Ethan Banfield, Matthew Bink, John Byrnes IV, Madigan Carner, Andrew Conlin, Alexis Seacord, Haylee Simmons, Emily Skiff, Kylie Young
Grade 9: Aydin Bain, Emily Conlin, Alexander Curtis, Tyler Larmon, Allison Lundberg, Maxwell Maguire, Elizabeth O’Konski, Hailey Perkins, Rebecca Schmitt, Connor Smith, Benjamin Sova, Joshua Thompson, Agnes Van Wie, Jackson Vanderhoff, Kiara Vasquez
Grade 10: Isabella Cary, Liv Cederstrom, Hannah Elsworth, Zachary Flory, Cody Fortin, Kaden Hall, Hadyn Meier, Adam Newell, Luke Pemrick, Connor Record, Trinity Sanders, Mollie Stalter, Emily Steltz, Shauna Wasielewski, Jenna Wilbur, Sayaka Wilbur, James Young
Grade 11: Christian Bittel, Yanary Champagnie, Lauren DeSorbe, Macy Fitzgerald, Mary Gallaway, Annabel Gregg, Philip Grimes, Henry Hansen, Jack Lundberg, Sophia Manera, Amber Mattison, Carson Mosher, Tyler Murray, Daniel Newell, Maggie O’Connor, Nicholas Pett, Avery Smith, Robert Spear, Matthew Telesco, John Walsh
Grade 12: Alice Aldrich, Seth Batty, Seth, Isabel Brice, Cole Burgess, Michael Casey, Shania Danio, Emily Demarest, Jacob Drost, Joshua James, Dylan McPhail, Sarah Mueller, Brenden Rodd, Benjamin Steltz, Chloe Stevens
Aldrich Sets New World Records
Fair Haven, VT, 2/3/18: Alice Aldrich, a senior at Greenwich Central High School, broke three Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) World Records and tied another, all of them her own, at the at the 2018 Winter Classic powerlifting meet at Fair Haven Fitness.
Aldrich, competing in the teen, 16-17 age group, in the “raw classic” division (no assistive gear), began the day by parallel squatting 250 lbs., 35 lbs. better than her old record. In the bench press, she completed a 175 lb. lift on her second of three attempts, then easily bench pressed 180 lbs on her final lift. “I think that Alice was so ‘pumped’ about the lift that she racked (placed the barbell back in the rack) before the command, to ‘rack’, ” according to her coach, Pat Morris. Her official bench press of 175 lbs. was still 20 lbs. heavier than her old RPS World Record of 155 lbs. In her final event, the deadlift, Aldrich matched her old World Record of 340 lbs. Her new World Record total of 765 lbs. beat her old mark by 55 lbs and was the highest total of any woman, of any age, at the meet.
Aldrich will major in nursing, in college and plans to continue weight lifting and compete in intercollegiate track and field.
Photo caption: Alice Aldrich accepts her championship trophy at the Winter Classic powerlifting meet with Meet Director James Matta (left) and her coach, Pat Morris
More GCS Indoor Track and Field School
Records Fall at Last Chance Meet
Springfield College, MA, 2/4/18: The “Last Chance” indoor track meet was offered for athletes to sharpen performances and complete the requisite number of meets to qualify for the Sectional Championships. There were some fine performances by GCS athletes in the meet and two school records fell.
Twenty-four teams competed in the meet and the Greenwich girls 4x 800M relay team of Emily Skiff, Quinn Collins, Brooke Wright and Brynne Wright ran 9:52.54, breaking the old record of 9:58.04, held by the team of Brittney Lane, Cady Kuzmich, Roxanne Henningson and Emily Fung, in 2008.
Michael Gabriel broke the weight throw record for the third time this season, winning the meet with a toss of 66′ 6 1/4”, raising him to 9th in the national rankings in the event. He also placed second in the meet in the shot put, with a throw of 50′ 10”.
Other top performances at the meet included those by Lucia D’ Acchille, who was 2nd in the 55M hurdles (9.03 seconds); Alice Aldrich, second in the weight throw (38′ 9”); and Manny Manera, 5th in the shot put (44′ 8 1/2”).
GCS Girls break school record in the 4 x 800M relay- from left: Quinn Collins, Emily Skiff, Brynne Wright and Brooke Wright.
ACTION REQUIRED (reminder)
Disaster Displaced Student Survey
- The New York State Education Department is requesting that Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) complete the “Disaster Displaced Student Survey” linked below regarding the number of students displaced by the recent Hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria) and Earthquakes. To keep an ongoing count, we are asking that you submit this survey every Thursday until further notice. We are exploring ways to support districts and seek additional funding to best serve incoming students and families, and it is critical that we gather complete data to accurately address districts’ needs.
- Click here to access the survey: Disaster Displaced Student Survey
- For your reference, follow this link to NYSED’s recent Guidance Memorandum on Students Displaced by Recent Hurricanes: Students Displaced by Recent Hurricanes
District Instructional Technology Plans – Portal Open
- The Office of Educational Design and Technology has opened the portal for public school districts to enter their District Instructional Technology Plans. Plans can be accessed through the NYSED Application Business Portal, under the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System.
- Per NYSCRR 100.12, all New York State public school districts are required to submit an Instructional Technology Plan. Please see the recently published Memo for more information.
- Plans are due to NYSED by Friday, October 26, 2018. Districts should confirm regional deadlines to submit plans for certification with their Regional Information Centers.
- More information on District Instructional Technology Plans, including a Framework and Guidance document, can be found on the Office of Educational Design and Technology’s website.
- Questions may be directed to the Office of Educational Design & Technology at 518-474-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrant Student Data Collection Guidance (see attached)
- You are receiving this communication to inform you of the changes to the Reporting and Collection of Immigrant Student and Vaccination Data in New York State pursuant to Section 3201(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
- For information regarding the collection guidance, please see the attachment titled “Immigrant Student Data Collection Guidance Final”.
- More information on joint guidance with NYSED and the New York State Office of the Attorney General, can be found at: Letter from Commissioner Elia and NYS Attorney General
- Questions on data collection and reporting may be directed to Office of Information and Reporting Services at 518-474-7965, or datasupport@NYSED.gov.
- Questions regarding Immigrant and programming guidance may be directed to the Office of Bilingual Education at 518-474-8775, or 718-722-2445 (NYC), or OBEWL@nysed.gov.
2016 Grad Rate Updated Data Public Release
- You are receiving this communication to remind you that the public release of the 2017 Grad Rate is on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
- The embargoed release of the 2017 Grad Rate was on Monday, February 5, 2018.
- Questions may be directed to the Office of Information and Reporting Services, at 518-474-7965, or email@example.com.
NYSED Funding Opportunity: RFP #GC18-019; Child Abduction Prevention Education Program (CAPE)
- The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Child Abduction Prevention Education Program (CAPE).
- RFP #GC18-019 is posted on P-12 Grants Administered by NYSED
- All proposals must be postmarked by Friday, March 30, 2018.
- For additional information, please review the full grant application documents.
- Questions relative to this RFP must be sent to CAPE2018@nysed.gov no later than close of business on February 16, 2018. A questions and answers summary will be posted by March 2, 2018.
STEM Opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee (see attached)
- You are receiving this communication to inform you that the New York State Education Department and New York State Department of State are soliciting applications from high school and middle school students and from high school STEM teachers to attend a unique two-week residential hands-on learning institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) in Tennessee (July 7-20, 2018).
- This extraordinary learning opportunity is sponsored by the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC), a federal and 13-state economic development/anti-poverty program. Each ARC’s member state is allocated just two seats each for high school teachers and high school students. A one-week version of this program (July 15-20, 2018) will be offered to two selected middle school students from each state. This is a highly selective opportunity.
- Application forms and supporting information are available online at STEM Summer Opportunity.
- The deadline for online submission of all applications and all supporting documents/forms is no later than 8:00 AM EST Friday, March 16, 2018.
- More details are available on the attached document titled, “ARC_ORNL_Summer_STEM_2018.pdf”.
- Questions regarding the ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program may be directed to Amanda Zullo, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, at 518-474-5922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Youth Science Camp (see attached)
- The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 27, 2018 through July 21, 2018. More information is available on the attached flier titled, “Apply to NYSCamp 2018 RD.pdf” and at Awards for Excellence.
- The online application to attend the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is now available at Online Application for NYSCamp. All applications and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than 6:00 PM EST Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
- Questions regarding the National Youth Science Camp may be directed to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, at 518-474-5922 or email@example.com.
English Language Learners (ELLs)/ Multilingual Learners (MLLs) Data 2017 Changes & Updates (see attached)
- You are receiving this communication to inform you of changes to the ELL/MLL data collection that have been implemented in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS).
- Information regarding services and required units of study as required under CR-Part 154 can be found at: ELL/MLL education programs. Additionally, information is contained in the attachment, titled “ELL_MLL Data Memo 020619.pdf”
- Questions regarding data reporting may be directed to the Office of Information and Reporting Services at 518-474-7965.
Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities – February 2018 (see attached)
- The Office of Special Education is pleased to announce the release of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED’s) updated guidance document titled, “Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.” This document attached supersedes previous guidance issued by the Department in May 2006.
- Updates to the guidance document include, but are not limited to, the following areas: computer-based testing, assistive technology accommodations, tests read, use of spell-check devices/software, procedures on the use of a scribe and multiple day test administration.
- This guidance document will be posted on the Office of Special Education webpage.
- Questions about this guidance document may be directed to the Office of Special Education Policy Unit at (518) 483-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cambridge class of 2019 is hosting a free prom show on Saturday, February 17. Attached is the announcement.
This morning, your teachers and principals received the Commissioner’s APPR Survey as a starting point for gathering their feedback. As leaders with a keen understanding of the profession and what works in your districts/BOCES, your feedback is equally as important. I ask you to take this critical opportunity to provide us with your candid feedback and be a part of developing an evaluation system that provides an accurate reflection of the work of your educators and, most importantly, informs their practice. Please click on the following link to complete the survey, which should take no more than 25 minutes to complete: Commissioner’s APPR Survey.
I am excited to share with you The Girls in STEM event (flyer is attached). This free event is on Sat. March 24th. The registration opens on Feb. 10th and fills up fast. They are looking to send this out to teachers and interested parties that teach or know 4th to 8th grade girls. Our accelerated kids (7/8) will be at competition at RPI this day but this is a great event for ALL female science students. Please share!
The Greenwich Junior High Mathcounts team participated in the Tri County Chapter Competition at SUNY Adirondack on Saturday, February 3rd. The team finished in fourth place and Shea Fortier finished as the fourth place individual placing her in the Countdown Round of the top ten earning her fifth place overall. Greenwich hasn’t had a top five finisher in over 15 years. Team members competing are: standing: Coach Nicole Fortier, Molly Morse-Belcher, Shea Fortier, Lola Davidson, Jocelyn Spiezio, Teagan Wright, Cate Abate; sitting: Ciarrah Hebert.
Greenwich Student Lucia D’Acchille Takes 3rd Place at Junior Science and Humanities Science Symposium Sub-Regional Competition
Greenwich Student Lucia D’Acchille Takes 3rd Place at Junior Science and Humanities Science Symposium Sub-Regional Competition
Lucia D’Acchille, a junior at Greenwich Central School, took 3rd in the Junior Science and Humanities Science Symposium Sub-Regional Competition this past Saturday at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School. Lucia’s research entitled “Meningeal Brain Worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) Prevalence in Upstate NY and Seasonal Variabilities In Infection Rates” looks at Parelaphostrongylus tenuis which is better known as meningeal worm or brain worm. It is a parasite that infects cervids in most of the United States and causes neurological deficits which may lead to death. There currently is no current vaccine for Parelaphostrongylus tenuis and no effective way of diagnosing or treating it. Parelaphostrongylus tenuis normally infects white-tailed deer and goes through its life cycle. In white-tailed deer the larvae develops in the lungs and migrate into the pharynx and pass through the digestive tract. If another cervid in example moose, llamas, alpacas, and sheep digest the larvae the effects can be deadly. The worm will migrate throughout the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This causes muscle deterioration and can cause paralysis and extreme cases death. In her research she researched the distribution of meningeal worm in the white-tailed population in a portion of Washington County NY. She also analyzed her data for seasonal variation in infection rates of meningeal brain worm. She found a significant difference between summer and fall infection rates of whitetail deer. Lucia became interested in meningeal brain worm because her family has a small alpaca farm and alpaca, which, as stated previously, are one type of domesticated animal negatively impacted by meningeal brain worm. Lucia will present her research at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair on March 24th as well as the Science Symposium held at the high school in June. Both events are free and open to the public.
This free event for girls from 4th grade to 8th grade includes STEM Workshops and a speaker from the SUNY Polytechnic College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering