Seniors Shine at Science Symposium

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In culmination of the rigorous three-year Advanced Science Research program, nine seniors at the Kennedy High School were honored at the annual Science Symposium held on May 18.

“Conducting my research has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my high school career,” said Rachel Mashal, an Intel Science Talent Search and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist. “I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible in a scope far beyond the realm of just science.”
Mashal, along with fellow ASR seniors Cory Epstein, Anna Kuznetsova, Dylan Le Van, Sarah Moussavi (Intel Science Talent Search and Intel International Science semifinalist), Steven Obadiah, Evan Rothchild, Amanda Steinberg and Alexis Tillman completed graduate-level scientific research on a wide range of topics.

They worked alongside professional mentors, logged hundreds of hours in laboratories and some were even published in medical or scientific journals. They formed hypotheses and tested them – again and again.
“I’ve learned not to look at something just at its surface, but to rather investigate in order to find answers and explanations,” said Steinberg

Their projects were a labor of love that required a staunch commitment.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned over the past three years is to be persistent,” said Le Van. “Even when things look grim, you can always turn it around and get something out of it.”
For others, the program was a lesson in perseverance and self-assurance.

“I learned to believe in myself,” said Rothchild.