EAST MEADOW, NY – A team of nearly a dozen students from Walt Whitman High School in Huntington won the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s first Spark! video contest for their work featuring the students’ experience at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park last fall and the subsequent Hospital for a Day program they created for students in the South Huntington School District.
The Spark! Challenge involved approximately 30 teams of North Shore-LIJ staff members from across the health system hosting students at their facilities and giving them a glimpse into their jobs. There were about 500 students from both public and private high schools from Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Staten Island who participated in this year’s challenge.
“The Spark! Challenge not only sparked an interest in healthcare careers for the students, but it also reignited our staff’s passion for what they do, which was amazing to witness,” said Joseph Moscola, North Shore-LIJ’s chief human resources officer.
Taking second place were the students from Richmond Hill High School and students from Syosset High School were in third place. The winner received $3,000 for their school with the second and third place winners getting $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.
The health system is a big proponent of educating local children about careers in healthcare. North Shore-LIJ is a co-steward, along with Brookhaven National Laboratory, of the Long Island STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Hub and has helped foster several healthcare career academies on Long Island and in New York City schools.
For more information about the Spark! Challenge, contact Cheryl Davidson, director of North Shore-LIJ’s workforce readiness division, at 516 472-6071.