3 Mineola students chosen for gift, talented students program

Alexander Baker, Natalie Laszewski and Ishan Lohiya were honored at the Dec. 5 Mineola Board of Education meeting for their selection to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving. Natalie and Alexander are pictured with Board President Christine Napolitano, Superintendent of Schools Michael P. Nagler, and principal Whittney Smith, Ishan was not present at the meeting.

Three students from Mineola High School are among only 85 chosen islandwide to participate in the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

The Mineola School District congratulated Alexander Baker, Natalie Laszewski and Ishan Lohiya on their selection for this prestigious program.

To qualify for this honor, they competed against hundreds of the top-ranking students across Long Island. Acceptances were based on school transcript, teacher recommendations, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.

Alexander, Natalie and Ishan will spend a total of 20 Saturday mornings – more than 50 classroom hours – tackling mathematical areas such as algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory. The program focuses on problem-solving skills and challenging students beyond their typical course of study. The course is tuition-free to the 85 selected students and runs through March. 

Submitted by the Mineola Union Free School District

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