BNL Congratulates 15 BSA 2009 Scholars

Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) has announced the 15 winners of the annual BSA Directors' Scholarships, which go to children of BNL employees continuing a tradition instituted at BNL in 1965. Each BSA Scholar is a high school senior who will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years of study at the college or university of his or her choice.

2009 BSA Scholars

1. Matthew Benjamin, a senior at Longwood High School, is the son of Fred Benjamin of the Fiscal Division. To pursue a career in teaching, he will major in education at Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri.

2. Marisa Braverman, daughter of Joseph Braverman, Energy Sciences & Technology Department, attends Half Hollow Hills High School East. To prepare for a career in public relations, she will major in communications at the University of Arizona.

3. Christine Cummings, daughter of Wayne Cummings, Procurement & Property Management Division, and granddaughter of retiree Franklin Snell, is a senior at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. She will major in pre-med studies at Cornell University with a view to specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.

4. Steven Danseglio, who attends East Islip High School, is the son of Dennis Danseglio, Modernization Project Office. He will major in marine and environmental science at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

5. Susana Debbe, daughter of Ramiro Debbe, Physics Department, attends Miller Place High School. She will major in biology and pre-med studies at New York University and make a career in medicine.

6. Lindsay Giacalone, daughter of James Giacalone of the Maintenance & Fabrication Services Division and Pat Webster-Giacalone of the Budget Office, attends Shoreham-Wading River High School. To teach mathematics, she will major in education and mathematics at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

7. Emily Graham, daughter of Thomas Graham, Nonproliferation & National Security Department, will graduate from Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. She will attend Yale University to major in international studies.

8. Michael Green, a senior at Longwood High School, is the son of Tim Green of the Environmental Protection Division. He will major in architecture and engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, with the goal of a career in architectural engineering.


9. Angela Hackenburg, who attends William Floyd High School, is the daughter of Donna Hackenburg of the Budget Office and Robert Hackenburg of the Physics Department. She has decided to major in biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

10. Brooke Johnson of Shoreham-Wading River High School is the daughter of Deborah Johnson, Nonproliferation & National Security Department, and Christopher Johnson, Facility Operations Office. She will major in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

11. Yulia Malitskaia, daughter of Nikolay Malitsky of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School. She will study statistics and economics at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University for a career in mathematical economics.

12. Ana Martinez-Casas is the daughter of Gerardo Martinez-Guridi of the Energy Sciences & Technology Department. After graduating from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, she will major in biology at Stony Brook University.

13. Devon Sadloski, daughter of James Sadloski, Site Services Division, will graduate from Westhampton Beach High School. She will attend the University of Vermont to prepare for a career in medicine.

14. Jeffrey Spiletic is the son of John Spiletic, a retiree from the Computational Science Center. After graduating from Harborfields High School, he will major in business at the Honors College, State University of New York at Albany.

15. Kevin Spiletic is also the son of Computational Science Center retiree John Spiletic. He will graduate from Harborfields High School and major in business at the Honors College, State University of New York at Albany.

Then & Now: The Child Development Center

1991 image of CDC construction

May, 1991: At the CDC, BNL's CDC architect John Castro (left) and construction superintendent Gene Corcoran of Fortunato Sons, Inc., Bohemia; Christine Cummings with Santa; Baby Lindsay Giacalone; Angela Hackenburg on a CDC slide.

In May 1991, when the present BSA scholars (see above) were infants, the Lab's Child Development Center (CDC) was also in a developmental stage - in fact, not quite built. Yet on September 3, 1991, the official school year kicked off at the CDC with 61 children from eight weeks to four years old whose parents were within the Lab community. Four of the above BSA scholars - Christine Cummings, Lindsay Giacalone, Angela Hackenburg, and Brooke Johnson - were among the infants on that opening day. In 2009, still managed by Child Care Management, Inc. and licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services, the CDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and accepts children from six weeks to five years old. The older children now attend class in the Little Red Schoolhouse, also in the on-site apartment area. Program Director Joann Faberlle has succeeded the first director, Deborah O'Neill, and as parents regularly confirm, the CDC children are still getting a great start on the enjoyment of learning. For more information on the CDC, click here.

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