Senior Gives a WISE Presentation

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New York State Regents Harry Phillips and Roger Tilles joined Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna and several other faculty members, students and interested observers as Glen Cove High School senior Claudia Kolanovic gave an insightful presentation on how the school’s W.I.S.E. course has been to her benefit.

The Wise Individualized Senior Experience (W.I.S.E.) course provides seniors with an opportunity to take on projects that often result in internships with community agencies and involve intensive research on a topic of interest. Students devote significant time to work on their internships, research their topics, maintain written daily journals, discuss their experiences with one another, and meet with their mentors to explore and reflect upon project issues.

Upon completion of their projects, students submit their daily journals for evaluation and give oral presentations before a panel of students, teachers and community members. W.I.S.E. English enables students to explore the techniques of written and oral expression in the areas of personal creativity and personal career choices.

Claudia, an aspiring engineer, worked under the mentorship of mechanical engineer and GCHS alumnus Matthew Hayduk. She worked on several meaningful projects, including designing an assembly prototype for maximizing hydrogen fuel cell production. She even reviewed blueprints for specifications, where she detected a critical inconsistency that ultimately would have caused major problems had she not identified the issue.

“I really wanted to know what I was getting myself into,” said Claudia, who has been accepted into 12 schools and will be attending Lehigh University in the fall to pursue engineering. “This internship was the perfect way to show how the knowledge I learned in school can be applied in real life. It also helped me hone my reading, communication and presentation skills. It’s a great class…definitely a ‘wise’ choice for me.”

Matt Rottino teaches the course, which had 19 students enrolled this year. Regent Tilles represents the Long Island area on the New York State Board of Regents. Regent Phillips is the liaison to the W.I.S.E. program on the Board. Both gentlemen commended Claudia on her informative and polished presentation and wished her well in the future.