Huntington High School science research program participants garnered several Long Island Science Congress awards.
The Long Island Science Congress is an adjudicated exhibit of science projects created by Nassau and Suffolk middle school, junior high school and high school students. It’s sponsored by the Long Island division of the Science Teachers Assn. of New York State.
Huntington’s 2018 honorees include:
Achievement Awards: Nikki Jacobus, Adina Kirkland
Honorable Mention: Evelyn Hernandez-Veliz, Joseph O’Connell, David Marroquin, Valerie Rogel, Ryan Hoffmann, Arashdeep Singh, Charles Sze, Hannah Avidor, Cornelius O’Rourke, John Langton, Jack Stewart, Isabella Annunziata, Katie Seccafico, Charlotte Brosoff, Henry Cartwright
Merit Award: Kolby Rappel, Jonah Anastos, Tyler Gerbavsits, Kyle Chin
As the school year draws to a close, the entire Huntington science research program team has been reflecting on the competitive season. Some team members will be moving on to college, while others are returning to continue their research or to begin an entirely new research project.
Ms. Kirkland is one of the seniors who will moving on, in her case to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The teenager and 20 other Huntington science research team members presented their projects to a line of judges at this year’s Long Island Science Congress, which was held at St. Anthony’s High School.
Ms. Kirkland’s research involved testing varying lengths of light on Rattus Norvegicus, also known as rats. “I enjoyed my time at the LI Science Congress competition,” she said. “Although it involved a lot of waiting around, I used the time to observe other projects in my area.” The teenager was quite pleased that her work captured a coveted Achievement Award.
The soon to be Huntington graduate plans to study animal research at Hampshire College and continue engaging in science based research projects.
(Huntington senior Nolan Piccola, an intern in the high school science research program, contributed reporting for this story.)