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Middle, High School Students Place at LISEF

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Two Kennedy High School students were named finalists at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and one is advancing to the international round.

Jayden Simon won third place in Microbiology and a special award from the Office of Naval Research for his project, “The Utilization of Metagenomics to Determine the Effects of Plastic Polymer Types and a Temporal Gradient on Microbial Communities.”

Ava Goldsmith won first place in the Cellular and Biomolecular Sciences category for her research, “Targeting of Epichaperome Downregulates HCFC1 Mediated Transcription of Oncogenes: Implications in Breast Cancer Therapy.”

She will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA May 10-17.

Barbi Frank is their science teacher.

ISEF brings together over 1,500 students from 70 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $75,000 college scholarship.

On Tuesday, March 5, teams from the Grand Avenue Middle School Science Research Program traveled to the Crest Hollow Country Club to compete in the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (LISEF) Middle School Fair.

At the competition, the team of Anna Kaplun, Mia Tascarella, and Milena Chomicz-Grabowska took home first place with their project, “Will the addition of biostimulants such as Stress RX or Ascophyllium nodosum result in the improved growth of Lactuca sativa as compared to a traditional fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro?”

The team of Patrick Mulvey and Aidan Cheung took third place for their project, “How will a decrease in the pH level of ocean water affect the ability of Uca rapax (fiddler crabs) to find food using olfaction?”

The team of Isabel Ziegler and Anna Schellberg also took third place for their project, “How Will Artificial vs. Natural Sweeteners Affect the Mass, the Gender and Population Size of Drosophila melanogaster?”

“By placing first, Kaplun, Tascarella, and Chomicz-Grabowska have now been nominated to take part in the inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (previously the BROADCOM Masters), a program of the Society for Science, to be held in Washington, DC later this year,” explained Tami Cruz, their science teacher. “Only students who are named in the top 10 percent of an affiliated science fair are eligible to participate in Thermo Fisher JIC.”

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Date Added: 3/7/2024

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