Huntington High School’s science research program is looking to maintain an elite level after many years of steady advancement. A call has been issued for community residents with a scientific background to serve as volunteer mentors for research students developing projects for regional and national competitions.
Science teacher Lori Kenny, who heads the research program has been working closely with department colleagues and with district officials to offer a comprehensive research experience to high school students.
Longtime science research program participant Aron Coraor finished sixth nationally in the Intel Science Talent Search finals in Washington, DC in 2014. It was the best showing ever in the competition for a Huntington High School student. Two years earlier, Mr. Coraor’s sister, Juliana became Huntington’s first Intel finalist since 1950. Mr. Coraor is now studying at Cornell University. Juliana Coraor recently graduated from Yale University.
Huntington science teacher Lori Kenny.
Dozens of Huntington students who worked on high level projects vied in regional competitions this past year. Mrs. Kenny hopes to continue the program’s momentum and overall success. As more students have made the commitment to engage in science research at the school and in local labs, the need for adult mentors has also grown.
Community residents possessing a science background who are interested in mentoring a research program student can contact Mrs. Kenny ([email protected]) for more information and to arrange a visit to meet with the research teachers and students. “Our intention is to match students and scientists with similar interests,” Mrs. Kenny said.
This year’s research students are expected to enter a challenging set of competitions. Mentors will play a key role in helping these teenagers reach their potential. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of community support over the years and it has benefitted our students,” Mrs. Kenny said. “We hope to continue that partnership during the 2016/17 school year.”