Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the 18th Annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) at John Jay High School over the weekend.  Five Westlake Science Research students won prestigious awards, including advancement to the state level competition!  Over 600 students from 38 high schools presented their original science research either as PowerPoint speakers or poster presenters in this highly competitive regional science fair. 

 Senior Caleb Levitt won 4th Place in Biological Sciences as a speaker and will advance to the state level competition in Albany for his original research “In Danger of Extinction? Analysis of Data-Deficient Plant Species in the Caribbean Using EOO and AOO Geo-Mapping.” Caleb conducted his research at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.

Seniors Colleen Bradley and Nicole Musial won 1st Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology for their original team research “Investigating the Impact of Chronically Elevated Glucose and NOX4 on Myocardial Mitochondrial Function in Type II Diabetes-Induced Heart Failure.” Colleen and Nicole conducted their research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

Junior Olivia Cartano won 1st Place in Medicine & Health AND 2nd Place Best Overall Poster for her original research “Evaluating the Standard of Care for HPV-Negative Oropharyngeal Cancer Patients: Defining Candidates for Treatment De-Escalation.” Olivia conducted her research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.

Junior Aimee Holland won Best Overall Display Poster for her original research “Establishing a Baseline Rate of Cosmic Microspherule Deposition.” Aimee conducted her research at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY. 

Science Research director MrLawrence McIntyre would like to give special thanks to Mrs. Mary Knopp for her invaluable help with literature searches, to Mrs. Dawn McFarland for her tireless technical support printing posters, and to all the colleagues and parents who are so supportive of all our Westlake science research students.  

Congratulations to these outstanding science research students for their achievements.