An unprecedented 6 Westlake Science Research students won 7 prestigious awards at the 17th Annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at John Jay High School! A record 650 students from 37 high schools presented their original science research either as PowerPoint speakers (for select seniors only) or as poster presenters in this highly competitive regional science fair.
Senior Stephen Donato won 5th Place in Behavioral Science (and alternate to compete at Upstate JSHS) for his PowerPoint presentation "Suffering in Silence: The Hidden Effects of Caregiving on Stress, Employment and Health." Stephen conducted his original research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Kenny Dronzek won 2nd Place in Medicine & Health for his poster presentation "A Better Band-Aid? Analysis of the Physical and Antimicrobial Properties of Wound Protection Devices." Kenny conducted his original research at Polymeric Converting, LLC, in Enfield, CT.
Junior Caleb Levitt won 2nd Place in Animal & Plant Science for his poster presentation "A New Method for Understanding Plant Evolution: Developing Phylogenetic Trees Using a Qualitative Pollen Morphology Matrix." Caleb conducted his original research at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.
Junior Liam Naughton won 2nd Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology for his poster presentation "Genetic Analysis of a Possible Correlation Between Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Polymorphisms in the sFLT-1 Pathway in Preterm Infants." Liam conducted his original research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Senior Faith Summers won 2nd Place in Biology for her poster presentation "Targeting Antibiotic Resistance: A Genomic Analysis of Serratia Marcescens Clinical Isolates." Faith conducted her original research at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Jake Szeszko won not only 1st Place in Behavioral Sciences but also 2nd Place Best Overall Poster for his poster presentation "An fMRI Investigation of the Relationship Between Habituation and Amygdala Activation in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicidal Behaviors." Jake conducted his original research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
Science Research director Lawrence McIntyre would like to thank Mr. Brian McClintock and Mr. Ken Amman for their statistical consultations that were instrumental in the class achieving this unprecedented number of award winners (50% of competitors!). Thank you also to Mrs. Mary Knopp for her invaluable help with literature searches and to Mrs. Dawn McFarland for her tireless technical support printing posters.