Congratulations to John H. Glenn High School students –
Jordan Alibrandi, Shayna Purow, Adiya Rehman, Alexandra Haddad, Trinity
Hausch and Mary Luyster – who recently won first place overall in the
Feinstein Institute of Northwell Health’s Medical Marvels competition.
The team also brought home the award for best presentation.
The 10th grade students worked collaboratively to write a
15-page paper, depicting how they would have handled the vaccine
hesitancy crisis that led to the measles outbreak in 2018, had they been
New York State Department of Health officials.
Their paper touched on public health outreach through the
use of public speakers and celebrities, the addition of vaccine
information in the education system curriculum, as well as preventative
measures. The key points of their paper were to implement laws for
homeschooled students to earn a degree and the use of CRISPR technology
to make vaccines that are more compliant to religious beliefs and
The “medical marvels” competed against students from 30
schools from Long Island to Staten Island and Queens and is the first
team to win both awards, according to team advisor Dr. Arnold Kamhi. As a
group, the students will share a total of $2,100 on behalf of Northwell
The Medical Marvels Program was developed to encourage Long
Island high school students in 9th and 10th grades to pursue careers in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to Northwell
“I am very proud of these girls,” Dr. Kamhi said. “They worked hard on this and the hard work paid off.”