Bellmore-Merrick Students Earn Accolades at LISEF

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On March 15, students from across Central High School District competed in the second round of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

LISEF is the regional science fair for students to present their research in order to be eligible to complete in the national Broadcom MASTERS, which is administered by the Society for Science and the Public.  

Kennedy’s Cameron Levy and Lucas Rosen who presented their Advance Science Research projects in the animal science and mathematics categories. Levy earned third place and Rosen earned honorable mention. He also received a special award. Matthew Klein received a special award from NASA.

Both young scientists were selected to advance to round 2 of LISEF. Rosen also earned first place in the mathematics category at the Long Island Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and was invited to advance to the Regional JSHS competition. Their research teachers are Barbi Frank and Barbara Franklin.

From Calhoun High School, two Calhoun ASR students were invited to participate in round 2. Senior Kyle Pilotti's project won the honor of honorable mention in the category of earth and environmental sciences. Pilotti was also honored by the American Meteorological Society and presented with an award for a student researcher that showed initiative and dedication in the field of meteorology. Sophomore Sonia Sarju also received the honor of honorable mention in the category of earth and environmental science for her project. They work with advisers Christine Boyce and Jennifer Pefanis.

Seven students from Grand Avenue Middle School also competed at LISEF in the middle school division.  

To participate at LISEF, students in sixth-eighth grades must perform a scientific investigation under the guidance of their teachers. The projects receiving a first place award or those scoring within the top 10 percent for each regional fair (based on total number of participating) receive nominations to SSP Broadcom MASTERS.  

Tyler  Bissoondial received first place and a Broadcom MASTER’s nomination for his project. Julianna Rosenthal received second place and Broadcom MASTER’s nomination for her project and Timothy Langone received third place for his project. Gabriella Simal, Sahara Partap and Mackenzie Filosa received third place for their group project. Science teacher, Tami Cruz, was the adviser for this group.