Board, Town Officials Honor Regeneron Finalists

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Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists and Scholars from Kennedy High School seniors Andrew Brinton, Katherine St George and Kenar Gelman were recently honored by both the Town of Hempstead and the Central High School District Board of Education.

On Feb. 4, St George and Gelman were honored with citations by Hempstead Town officials, including Councilman Christopher Carini, Supervisor Donald X. Clavin, Jr. and Clerk Kate Murray. Brinton was unable to attend the ceremony.

On Feb. 5, Brinton and St George were also honored by the board of education for their achievement. Brinton’s project is “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York.”

“Andrew possesses a scientist’s mind; he wants to know how things work, is curious about the world around him and theorizes about many different concepts,” Board trustee Janet Goller said at the board meeting.

St George, the school’s valedictorian, titled her project “The Ketogenic Diet Ameliorates The Effects of Caffeine in Seizure Susceptible Drosophila melanogaster.”

“As Katherine continues to surround herself with like-minded students, she excels her pursuit of the most rigorous academic program our school district has to offer,” added Board Vice President Gina Piskin.

They were among only four Long Island students named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists on Jan. 21.

Brinton and St George were among 40 national finalists selected Jan. 21 from 1,993 highly qualified entrants based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists and leaders. 

Each finalist is awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 awards will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 10.