Kennedy senior Rachel Mashal developed a passion for science early in her educational career. That thirst for learning is what has propelled her into achieving science research accomplishments, including recently being recognized as a Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist.
This honor is in recognition of her achievement in science courses, commitment to addressing advanced scientific questions and leadership in the classroom, as well as extracurricular activities, according to Science Chair Robert Soel.
Mashal is participating in the school’s three-year Advanced Science Research program and has been researching caffeine addiction and it’s toxicity in fruit flies.
“She is such a hard worker and sweet as can be,” said her science teacher, Barbi Frank.
“These students put in hundreds of hours – more than what is required,” added Soel. “Students like Rachel go above and beyond.”
Last year, Mashal was the youngest person selected to present her research project an international science conference in Boston. She is also the president of Tutors for a Cure, an off-campus peer-tutoring group created by ASR students that donates 20 percent of their profits to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, Mashal is active in the school’s drama program and Science Club.
She will be receiving the award at a special ceremony on Oct. 14 at the New York Academy of Medicine. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship for college expenses.