By Mehek Ahmed
Centereach High School
Stony Brook University graduate Ruchi Shah has not only maintained a 4.0 grade point average, reigned as homecoming queen, and taken part in a host of extracurricular activities — as she enters medical school, she remarked that her goal is to make science more accessible to everyone.
By Michelle D’Alessandro
Huntington High School
Since the inception of Pokémon Go on July 6, students and visitors to Stony Brook University have taken to the great outdoors and immersed themselves in augmented reality. The app has been praised as a great way for people to get additional exercise and for businesses to increase store traffic.
By Maya Brown and James Hinshaw
Freeport High School and Island Trees High School
Stony Brook University’s new diversity plan is designed to create an equal and open-minded atmosphere, officials and students said. While the school is the seventh most diverse in the nation, university officials and students aren’t satisfied.
By Emily Glennon
East Islip High School
Stony Brook University is the first SUNY campus to add mulit-stall, all-gender restrooms to campus locations convenient for students. The additions have not sparked the controversy seen in states such as North Carolina, and in fact, the school’s director of facilities said the negative responses have been marginal.
By Casey McShea
Bayside High School
The Stony Brook Film Festival is back for its 21st year with darker-themed movies. Occurring on the Staller Center for the Arts’ main stage, several of the films and shorts featured at this year’s festival are in a language other than English.
By Ilona Kaydanov
Hauppauge High School
For Stony Brook University graduate student Steven Adelson, voter registration is a team sport. The 22-year-old Plainview resident coordinated the registration of more than 3,000 students to vote on campus. Next month, Adelson will be honored with a Hidden Heroes Award recognizing his hard work registering students to vote.
By Hallie Harvey
Newfield High School
More than 2,500 people watched the movie “Inside Out” on the field of LaValle Stadium as part of the seventh annual Seawolves Cinema Movie Night, a free summertime treat the university hosts to build bonds with the surrounding community surrounding.