Schools and Libraries
June 5, 2013
After a grueling yet successful season of local, regional and international competitions, students in the Long Beach High School Science Research Program gathered together one last time to celebrate their achievements and present their research to family and friends at their annual Science Symposium.
This year, as in past years, there was much to celebrate. Students won more than 20 awards at eight competitions. On the international level, junior Hunter Rogoff competed at the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy and Environment) Project Olympiad, where he earned a silver medal in the Environmental category. Senior Caroline Walsh submitted her research to the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition. The senior team of Brandon Levokove and David Velez entered their research in the Siemens Competition.
At the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, Brandon and David took first place in Plant Sciences and junior Chandler McMillan earned a second-place award in Environmental Management. Honorable mention went to juniors Arielle McManus, Jamie Morgenstern, Hunter Rogoff and the junior team of Hope Henry, Max Kramer and Melissa Rubin.
In the NYSSEF Andromeda Division, sophomores Justin Barry and Mark Pittinsky took home a first-place award in Microbiology, and sophomores Julia Berkowitz and Halle Henry earned a first-place award in Environmental Management. Sophomores Jake Kritzberg and Andrew Luisi earned a third-place award in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. A third-place award went to sophomore Logan Weitz in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Fiona Ambrosini and Hannah Sofield received honorable mention in Environmental Science.
At the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, Chandler, Brandon and David took home second-place awards, while Caroline earned honorable mention. Fiona and Hannah took third in the J.V. division.
At the Molloy Science Fair, Julia and Halle earned honorable mention.
Five students competed at the Long Island Science Congress and were awaiting results at press time.
A total of 41 students in grades 9-12 participate in the science research program at Long Beach High School. Through classroom instruction in their freshman and sophomore years, students learn the key ingredients of the scientific method, present oral and written presentations, develop their research and writing skills, and practice lab safety. Juniors and seniors participate in independent study research. Sophomores, juniors and seniors enter their research projects in local, regional and international science competitions.