William Floyd High School HCARE Students Receive White Coats, Recognized by BOE


The students practiced 21st Century skills to help develop leadership skills through interactive team-building activities.

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Pictured with Erik Flynn of Stony Brook University are left to right: Joseph Maranzino, Alexandria DelVecchio, Ktherine Guzman, Ryan Gilbreath, Brittany Ann Mayer, Jy'Air Bailey and Brian Joyner.

Photo by: William Floyd School District

Mastic Beach, NY - February 15, 2019 - The Board of Education recently recognized 11 current and former William Floyd High School students who participated in the two-week  Health Careers Academic Readiness and Excellence (HCARE) program sponsored by Stony Brook University's School of Health Technology and Management under the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development. The students, who were rising juniors and recent graduates last August when the program took place, practiced 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication to help develop leadership skills through interactive team-building activities. The HCARE graduates were recognized with a special ceremonial white coat and a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments.
During the HCARE Summer Program, students benefited from an array of academic tools for success including learning styles, study skills, organizational skills such as time and stress management, as well as goal-setting, according to Erik Flynn, clinical lecturer with the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management. Additionally, students were introduced to several health care professions by Stony Brook University faculty as well as other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career professionals. Notably, this past year, presentations provided students with an increased awareness of topics related to careers in physical therapy, forensics, clinical laboratory science, occupational therapy and microbiology.
Congratulations to the following students: Jy’Air Bailey, Ryan Gilbreath, Isabella Cheng, Nicole Ketchum, Casey Kriss, Joseph Maranzino, Melanie Martinez, Brittany Ann Mayer and Briana Mercado; and Class of 2018 graduates: Alexandra DelVecchio, Katherine Guzman and Brian Joyner.