Pawling High School students in the Science Research Program attended the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in Burnt Hills, NY, on January 26. Nine students from the program were selected based on their scientific research papers to present their original research and results as PowerPoint presenters, competing with 17 other schools, with two students receiving awards.
Ellie Farquhar was awarded first place in the category of Behavioral Sciences for her unique study regarding the effects of mask coloration on the swimming patterns Caribbean Reef Sharks. Ellie conducted research in the Bahamas during August of 2018 with her mentor Dr. Erich Ritter. She will be competing at and representing Pawling High School and the Eastern Regional JSHS as a speaker at the Upstate JSHS at SUNY Albany in March. Ellie says,
" I am so excited that my shark research was so appreciated at such a prestigious event. I am thrilled to be competing and sharing my research and love for sharks."
Karen Jackson won third place in the category of Biomedical Sciences for her work with her mentor, Dr. Wang at New York Medical College, involving the ZIKA virus.
"I love studying virology, specifically the Zika Virus. I want to thank the Eastern JSHS for allowing me this amazing opportunity to present my research," Karen says.
"I am so proud of all of my students in the Science Research Program for the original research that they have conducted to contribute to our scientific community," says science teacher Gillian Rinaldo. "Specifically Ellie and Karen, who gave outstanding presentations! I am elated for Ellie to compete at the state level at the Upstate JSHS on March 27 and 28."
Pictured: Top: Students in the Science Reasearch Program;
Bottom:Ellie and Karen celebrate after placing first and third respectively at the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.