OSSINING, N.Y. -- For the 12th consecutive year, Ossining High School will have more student finalists competing in the Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium than any other school that participates in the competition.
Eleven OHS seniors who are in the district’s prestigious science research program will present their work at the 31st annual symposium in Albany on March 8 and 9. Seven will be in the speaker competition and four in the poster competition. The 11 OHS seniors were selected as finalists at the 14th Annual Westchester Rockland Subregional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at John Jay High School in Cross River.
More than 150 budding scientists from 31 high schools in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties participated in that competition on Feb. 6. Professional researchers who are specialists in the various fields in which students conducted their research judged the work and selected 26 finalists.
The seven OHS students who will present their work in the speaker competition are Sarah Fendrich, Julia Riley, Yasir Khan, Alina Campbell, Charlotte Keeley, Cen Chen, Claire Sukumar. The following students will present their research in poster format: Zack Silbert, Sasha Souillard, Jane Mundadan and Kim Badger.
Angelo Piccirillo and Valerie Holmes, who co-teach the Ossining High School Science Research program, credit the consistent success of their students to the collaboration that exists among all the mentors from institutions throughout the region, teachers and staff at OHS, along with support from parents.
“You take that and add the most important ingredient, which is superior students, and you have a winning formula,” Piccirillo said. “Our philosophy is simply to nourish an environment that puts all our students in the best position possible to succeed and then it is up to them to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Researchers who are in a position to help Science Research program students as mentors can contact Holmes or Piccirillo at 914-762-5760, ext. 2347.