Bellmore-Merrick Students Compete in Second Round of Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

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Several students from the Central High School District attended the second round of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, as well as the fair’s Junior Varsity portion on March 14.

Mepham High School ninth-grader Timothy Langone came in first place in the category of Plant Sciences at the Fair’s Junior Varsity portion. 
Langone, who is enrolled in the Advanced Science Research program, titled his project, “Will allelopathic signals have a greater effect in the overall germination and growth of Astroplants in soil as compared to simulated Martian regolith?”

“His results indicated that allelopathic chemicals had a greater impact on plants grown in soil,” explained AP Biology/Science Research teacher Dr. David Kommor.

Also during the JV portion of the fair, Calhoun High School junior Valeria Ventura Subirachs placed third in the category Engineering and Physical Sciences with her research study, “Estimating the Age and Magnetic Field Strength of Pulsar and Pulsar Candidates.”

Fellow classmate, 11th-grader Sonia Sarju received honorable mention in the category Environmental Science with her research study, “Effects of Hypoxic Conditions on the Phototaxicity of Bugula stolonifera and Bugula neritina.”

After presenting in LISEF’s first round on Feb. 6, Calhoun senior Matthew Condenzio received honorable mention in the category of Animal Science for his study, “Post Restoration Analysis of Hatches Harbor Estuary, Provincetown, MA,” during the second round.

Advanced Science Research teachers, Jennifer Pefanis and Christine Boyce, advise Ventura Subirachs, Sarju and Condenzio.

At Kennedy High School, senior Lauren Rakhimov earned honorable mention in the Translational Medical Science category for her research project, “Genetic and Pharmacological Manipulation of TOR Signaling can Enhance Resistance to Infection in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Rakhimov is advised by Advanced Science Research teacher, Barbi Frank.