Of Life Research Competition Winners
students from high schools around the city recently participated
in a Quality of Life Research Competition sponsored by Solomon
Smith Barney in partnership with the New York City Board of Education
and the Mayorís office. The winning students were awarded cash
prizes for research-based proposals to improve the quality of
life in their communities that were judged by panels. At the awards
ceremony, Chancellor Harold O. Levy was presented with the 2001
Quality of Life Award for outspoken advocacy of and dedication
to improving the quality of life through education.
Daniel Bushansky of Townsend Harris High School, Queens, won first
prize with a proposal for placing dog-waste receptacles in flagship
parks to improve park cleanliness. Other prize-winning proposals
included Hunter College High Schoolís Alexey Sokolin and Nick
Huang, who researched and proposed the integration of skilled
immigrants into the United States labor force. Semifinalist Priya
Athiappan of Francis Lewis High School, Queens, proposed involving
extracurricular activities in bilingual education.
Some past proposals have been implemented, including the establishment
of a high school-led leadership program in the 107th Precinct,
consisting of monthly meetings to promote positive relationships
between high school students and police officers. This program
was recently funded by Youth for Youth Grant from Citizenís Committee,
and involves students from Townsend Harris, John Browne, Thomas
Edison, Hillcrest, Jamaica and Robert F. Kennedy High Schools.
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