In a first for New Rochelle High School, three students from the Science Research Program will compete in the prestigious, highly competitive Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held globally.
Isabelle Balachandran, Amanda Cao and Natalia McMorris – all juniors – earned a place in the contest when they won first place in their categories in the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF). They were among 25 New Rochelle High School students who won a total of 31 WESEF prizes when the results were announced March 23.
“This is an incredible achievement,” said NRHS teacher Jeff Wuebber, who administers the school’s
Science Research Program. “ISEF is the Olympics of high school science. It draws the best of the best from all over the world. Only 1,800 kids from the planet get to do this.”
ISEF judging will take place from May 3 through 6 via video conferencing. Awards ceremonies and other events are May 16 through 21. The competition is a program of the Society for Science, an organization devoted to scientific literacy and science education.
The New Rochelle winners attributed the WESEF results – all 31 awards – to the intelligence and the work ethics of their classmates, and to their teacher.
“I’ve seen all the work that goes into it and all the work that Mr. Wuebber puts into us,” McMorris said. “Everyone is willing to put in the time to see the results. I am happy every single day that I am in such an amazing program."
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