Board of Youth Trustees
The Long Island Science Center's Advisory Board of Youth Trustees has reconvened this year! The board of young adults from grades 10-12 will be in charge of examining the museum’s exhibits and curriculum, expanding our public relations and increasing our involvement in social media. They will be responsible for electing officers, and creating appropriate records for their meetings. The focus this year will be on learning to use computer skills in a business setting, learning about the many aspects of marketing, and to learn to apply mobile technology and social media skills to business strategies and marketing. Each meeting of the youth trustees will be overseen by the Director and Program Coordinator and will meet once a month before the end of the school year.
Participants will gain valuable experience in the inner workings of a business. They will learn team work, gain organizational and prioritizing skills, and experience marketing and budgeting aspects of our organization. Students will receive a certificate upon completion, documentation of community service hours, a letter of recommendation, a family membership to the museum, and their picture and short biography posted on our website.
This Year's Members:
Brittany Bernstein, a junior at Centereach High School, is a veteran of the Long Island Science Center, having participated in the Summer Internship Program. This science enthusiast is a proud member of the Superintendent Student Council as well as an editor for her school newspaper. In her free time Brittany enjoys reading, poetry, and figure skating.
Noah Markewitz, a junior at Riverhead High School, is a returning youth trustee. He has previously spent many hours at the Long Island Science Center as part of the SMART Physics Program where his passion for science began. He has also studied science at Dolan DNA Learning Center during the summer. Noah plays defender for the North East Regional Premiere (NERP) Soccer League on his team called Mattituck Alliance. His other interests and hobbies include long distance track and playing alto saxophone.
Ryan DiResta, a junior at Riverhead High School, is a returning member. He became interested in Physics and the Sciences after participating in our SMART Physics Program. He also participates in several clubs at his school such as the Leaders Club and the Renaissance Club. Ryan also plays Varsity Soccer, JV Basketball, and runs Varsity Track.
Jennifer Perugi, a senior at Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School, is a returning member. She has always had a passion for learning, especially the sciences. Jennifer has a strong interest in quantum mechanics and theoretical physics and will be persuing an engineering degree in college next fall. This has become her definite choice after participating in Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Engineering Experience this past summer. She is a member of her school's Science Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Organization, Mercy on a Mission Club, and National Science Bowl Team. Outside of school Jennifer works as a lifeguard, volunteers with Brookhaven Youth Court and enjoys running as well as passing the time with a good novel. She is dedicated to the promotion of STEM fields,
Members at Large:
Catherine Tumminello, a junior at Bishop McGann Mercy Diocesan High School and returning youth trustee, loves science and math and hopes to pursue criminal justice and forensics in the future. She has volunteered at Peconic Bay Medical Center and is an employee of the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. Catherine values physical exercise and enjoys playing tennis. She also plays the piano in her spare time.
Megan Murray, a junior at Greenport High School, has a passion for science. She plans to pursue a career in the field of Physical Therapy. Megan Has been a People to People Ambassador as well as a participant in Relay for Life for 4 years. She is a varsity track runner and varsity volley ball player at her high school, along with being a member of D.E.C.A Club, Drama Club and Interact. Outside of school Megan's favorite hobbies include ballroom dancing and horse back riding.
Jay Oxman, a sophomore at Westhampton Beach High School, has promoted the Long Island Science Center for the past 3 years by participating in the Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race. At his school, Jay is involved in Latin and Poetry Club. Jay’s interests include entomology, marine biology, and Mediterranean History. Jay hopes someday to become either a biologist or a historian. In his free time, he paints models and studies insects. Jay is also an avid reader who enjoys reading fictional novels.
Katie McKillop, a junior at Riverhead High School, is interested in pursuing a career in Engineering or Physics. Her interests began after participating in the SMART Physics Program; taking many field trips to the Science Center. She has also spent multiple summers at the Dolan DNA Learning Center. She is a member of WISE and her schools Student Government. Katie is also a three sport Varsity Athlete, participating in soccer, basketball, and softball.
Chance Sevigny, a senior at Pierson High School,has always been engaged by the many sciences of the world. He is always eager to obtain as much knowledge and learning is a pleasure for him. Chance plans to attend college, and pursue a career in teaching or research. He feels it is important to maintain a vibrant education for youth through institutions, such as the LISC, that make science accessible and enjoyable. Chance is an avid reader and enjoys studying the world around him.