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Baldwin High School Takes Home Multiple Prizes During Northwell Health Spark! Challenge

Operating Room Team Wins First Place Prize of $2000

Seven teams from Baldwin High School competed at the 5th annual Northwell Heath Spark! Challenge. Over 3,000 students across Long Island have participated in the last five years, partnering with more than 200 Northwell Health teams. These unique programs and annual competition matches local high school students with Northwell Health employees/sites in order to help grow student interest in STEM healthcare related careers, create career awareness through exploration and experiential learning, as well as to give educators insight into the scope of health care careers.

This year, approximately 900 high school students from 47 local districts visited 74 Northwell host sites in the Spark! Challenge. Baldwin High School represented the career areas of Operating Room, Laboratory, Culinary, EMT, Medical Assistant, Risk Management, and Corporate Lawyer.

Since their initial visit to a Northwell site this past fall, the Baldwin High School students and their advisors have worked extremely hard on their posters and presentations after school and during midterm week, which was evident during the competition. The Operating Room Team, advised by Barbara Riess and Pat Banhazl, was just one of four schools to take home first place for “Presentation Award” with a prize of $2000.

Other Winners from Baldwin High School

Honorable Mention for Presentation:
The Medical Office Team advised by Kathryn Brown and Geri Weinstein

Honorable Mention for Poster:
The Corporate Risk Management advised by Samantha Billig and Pat Banhazl

Facebook Choice for Best Poster:
The Operating Room Team advised by Barbara Riess and Pat Banhazl

The advisors who accompanied the students to the Northwell sites and worked with them after school included Kathryn Brown, Chris Sheehan, Roy Conde, Diane Motroni, Samantha Billig, Chris Russo, and Donna Prager. School to Career Coordinator Pat Banhazl and Medical Academy Consultant, Barbara Riess oversee the Spark! Challenge Program for Baldwin UFSD.