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Mastic Beach: Medical Club kids earn $1,000 prize in Northwell Health contest

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Medical Club students at William Floyd High School produced a video that earned one of the top prizes in Northwell Health’s “Spark! Challenge: Healthcare Heroes” contest.

Set to the theme of “Superman,” their winning submission, “Family Medicine Physicians,” earned third place and a $1,000 prize in the contest’s video category. It playfully highlights many of the every-day acts doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers do that set them apart as heroes.

The club pulled together the one-minute video under the guidance of science teacher Terri Randall. More than 1,500 students from 48 schools participated in the contest.

Here’s the Medical Club’s award-winning video.

A William Floyd spokesperson said that during this year’s “Spark! Challenge,” students had the opportunity to participate in engaging, online educational sessions for 20 different healthcare career fields.

One educational session, which profiled a career in Family Medicine, had students follow along with three case studies, taking patient vitals online and gaining an understanding of what goes into testing for strep and COVID-19.

During the recent virtual awards ceremony, students viewed welcome messages from Northwell’s executive leadership and attended a careers exhibit that focused on family medicine, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, surgical careers, the Institute for Nursing, and Northwell’s Center for Learning and Innovation, among other subjects.

It’s been a productive year for the William Floyd’s Medical Club.

The club hosted a fundraiser for two college scholarships for graduating seniors, raised more than $650 for the Child Life Department at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and interacted with virtual guest speakers from Long Island Community Hospital.

“As an allied healthcare professional and educator, I’m extremely impressed and proud of how everyone was able to pivot and create a successful year together,” said Randall, the science teacher who advised the Medical Club.

“Medical Club members have exemplified the dedication, tenacity and drive for excellence that all healthcare professionals are expected to maintain,” Randall continued. “Their unwavering enthusiasm inspires me to continue to mentor them and support their journeys.”

Photo above: (from left) William Floyd High School Medical Club members Hailey Carey, Cavelle Simpson, Merry Vo, Thomas Francis, Matt Dominguez, Eric Nolasco, science teacher Terri Randall and club member Samantha Towle. Medical Club members who participated in the award-winning project buyt are not pictured include Claudia Portillo, Mia Cuevas, Alanis Gonzalez and Arianna Zeldin.