Central’s Grand Prize Northwell Health Winners Observe Medical Procedures

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An award-winning team of seven science research students from Valley Stream Central High School had the incredible opportunity of witnessing a surgery at Northwell Franklin Hospital. The group, which secured the $9,000 grand prize at Northwell Health’s Spark Challenge competition last spring, was invited to visit the hospital and observe an actual medical procedure.  

Juniors Aleena Abraham, Maheen Babar, Kayla Dhanipersaud, Melisha Gonseka, Patricia Joseph, Ronie Rocca and Khadija Zahid scrubbed up, stood four feet from the operating table and watched a gall bladder removal and a hernia repair take place right before their eyes. The surgeon placed the gall bladder on a tray, giving the students a closer glimpse into the real life world of science and medicine.  
 
“It is our hope that we were able to provide [the students] with an amazing experience that they will remember forever” the hospital representatives said in a letter to Central. “We were very impressed by your students, specifically their maturity, enthusiasm, and professionalism.”