Westlake Students Win Awards at Science Research Fair
Five Westlake Science Research students won prestigious awards at the 16th Annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at John Jay High School. A record 470 students from 38 schools presented their original science research either as PowerPoint speakers (for select seniors only) or as poster presenters in this highly competitive sub-regional science fair.
Senior Charles Panzarella won 2nd Place in Medicine and Health for his PowerPoint presentation "Identifying Optimal Attention Span Threshold for Optokinetic Vision Testing of Non-Communicative Trauma Patients." Charles has qualified to compete at the state level JSHS at the University at Albany as a speaker presenter in March. He conducted his original research at Burke Rehabilitation & Research, and Blythedale Children's Hospital.
Senior Joelle El Hamouche won 4th Place in Bioinformatics/Computer Science for her PowerPoint presentation "Tools to Fight Antibiotic Resistance? The Analysis of Genomic Elements in Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa." Joelle has qualified to compete at the state level JSHS at the University at Albany as a poster presenter in March. She conducted her original research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Lee Cohen won 1st Place in the Animal/Plant Science for his poster presentation, "Why So Aggressive? Understanding Image Completion and Territorial Behavior of Coral Reef Fish in the Red Sea." Lee conducted his original research at The Interuniversity Institute For Marine Science of Eliat in Israel.
Junior Bryan Mesquita won 1st Place in Microbiology/Genetics for his poster "An Off-Switch for Borrelia? Investigating bba01, the Plausible Repressor Protein of bba74 in Borrelia burgdorferi." Bryan conducted his original research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Senior Philip Markuszewski won 3rd Place in Behavior for his poster, "Friend or Foe? Can Human Perceptions of Wolves be Changed by an Interactive Educational Program?" Philip conducted his original research at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.
Congratulations to these outstanding science research students for their impressive achievements.