Return to Headlines

Baldwin High School Places Second in Northwell Health’s Annual Spark! Challenge

Medical & Health Sciences Academy Students Win $2000 Prize

Baldwin Union Free School District is pleased to announce that Baldwin High School students in the Medical & Health Sciences Academy have recently placed second in the annual Northwell Health Spark! Challenge, taking home the $2,000 prize in the “video” category. The prize received will be reinvested into the district’s Academic Academies program. 

At least 60 schools and more than 1,500 students competed this year, with four of the teams from Baldwin High School. The yearly competition, organized by Northwell’s Workforce Readiness team, offers high school students a first-hand glimpse of careers in the healthcare field, helping to connect Baldwin’s Academic Academies students with the real-world of work. This was Baldwin's eighth year competing. 

“On behalf of the Baldwin School District and our community, we congratulate our Medical & Health Science Academy students on another impressive win, ” said Dr. Shari L. Camhi, superintendent of schools, Baldwin Union Free School District. “The Northwell Health Spark! Challenges continue to serve as an invaluable experience for all involved. We are extremely proud of all four teams who competed this year for their innovative thinking, hard work and dedication. Thank you to Northwell Health for continuing to make this opportunity available to our students and to our Baldwin faculty and administrators whose efforts continue to make this collaboration a success!”  
Working with their school advisors, each team was required to create a themed poster and a 90-second career promotional video following all competition guidelines. Prizes were awarded based on the most creative presentations and impactful advertisements as determined by a team of judges during the full-day ceremony, which included interactive and collaborative opportunities built into the schedule.

The winning Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) team consisted of Medical & Health Sciences Academy students, Olutoyin Green, Jasmine Bisht, Ayanna Gouldbourne, Gurjot Singh, Lesly Lucero, Carla Marroquin, Thalia Kontoleon and Dilpreet Kaur, who designed the poster. Pat Banhazl, School2Career coordinator and Lindsey Stevens, Baldwin High School science teacher, both served as the team’s advisors. 

The following teams also represented Baldwin in this year’s challenge:

Project Manager Team Represented by the Business Academy

Team Members: Maiya Adolphus, Rebecca Borja, Cayla Carter, Chloe Cruz, Jayda Johnson, Ruben Jovel, Janae Lindsay, Mateo Marquez, Akshay Sahonta, Rezwana Ruhi, Chris Stegmuller, Anthony Tika and Sonia Singh

Advisor: Michele Leonardo, Business Teacher

Speech Therapist Team Represented by the Education Academy

Team Members: Lakiesha Juin, Sarah Lantimo, Abigail Jarrett, Maeri Baez, Danielle Grant, Brendan Kaminski, Sean Kayou, Olivia Sanchez, Sherry Wright and Lady Rodriguez

Advisor: Samantha Billig, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

Family Medicine Physician Team Represented by the Medical & Health Sciences Academy

Team Members: Kayla Bennett, Darien Ward, Chloe Cabot, Sandra Palmer, Jazmyn Gonzalez, Kasia Farrell, Sage Delone, Siu-Lin Sampson, Skyla Crayton, Sarah Benoit, Brianna McLeod, Anaya Henry and Noelle Nikovics

Advisors: Pat Banhazl, School2Career Coordinator and Rebecca Seepersad, Science Teacher

Since 2014, Northwell has opened its clinical and non-clinical facilities to students fall, allowing them to observe employees from such diverse fields as business development, risk management, laboratory research, legal affairs, physical therapy and emergency medicine. In the second half of the Spark! Challenge, students develop their career themed concepts and collaborate to create and present their projects to Northwell’s senior leadership. Created and facilitated by Northwell's Workforce Readiness team, the Spark! Challenge got off to a modest start with 300 students in its first year. To date, the event has introduced more than 7,000 students across New York City and Long Island to the array of careers available in healthcare.