Mineola High students selected for creative problem solving program

The Island Now

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

High school students Alexander Baker, Natalie Laszewski and Ishan Lohiya were selected to participate in this prestigious program. To qualify for this honor, students competed against hundreds of the top-ranking students across Long Island.

Acceptances were based on a 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.

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