Westlake Science Research students won three top awards at the 16th annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) held on Sat., February 4, 2017 at John Jay High School.  A record 542 students from 28 schools presented their original science research in this highly competitive sub-regional competition.

JSHS is designed to challenge and engage high school students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.  

At Westlake High School, the Science Research program is a three-year program during which students design, conduct and present research on an original topic.  Students begin by reading and studying scientific journals in an area of their interest, then developing initial hypotheses.  After securing a mentor in their chosen field to help guide their research, they conduct investigations and collect data over the summer.  The following year, students present their research in a detailed scientific paper and poster board presentation, which they can submit for competition in high-level science fairs and symposiums locally and nationally.

Lawrence Mcintyre, coordinator of the Science Research program, was thrilled to chaperone his largest-ever group of qualifiers at the JSHS competition this year.  Students presenting their work included: junior Joelle el Hamouche, junior Isabelle Joseph, junior Philip Markuszewski, senior Meenu Mundackal, junior Charles Panzarella, senior Peter Psaltakis, senior Ryan Stasolla, and senior Xavier Varga.

Three students won awards for their entries:

Ryan Stasolla won 4th place in the category Cellular & Molecular Biology/Biochemistry for his PowerPoint presentation "Cracking the Code: New Insights into the Interactions Between FSFG Repeats and NTF2 in the Nuclear Pore Complex." Ryan has qualified to compete at the state level JSHS at the University at Albany March 7-8. Ryan was mentored by a scientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

Peter Psaltakis won 5th place in the category Bioinformatics/Computer Science for his PowerPoint presentation "Safe to Swim Today? Predictive Regression Models for Enterococci Levels." Peter is an alternate to compete at the state level JSHS. Peter was mentored by a scientist at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

Xavier Varga won 2nd place in the category Physical Science for his poster presentation "Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy and Magnetic Properties of Gd, Tb, and Dy." Xavier was mentored by a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

Please join us in congratulating all the science research students for their achievements.

**Update**  Ryan Stasolla won Upstate NY JSHS 2017 poster 3rd place!!! The 69 students from 41 schools who presented their original scientific research at the 32nd Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium were the finalists from over 500 talented science research students in Upstate New York State!  Ryan qualified for the state competition at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) held on February 4, 2017.