OSSINING, NY – Ossining High School’s Science Research Program is once again making a name for itself as a record 11 students from the program will compete in the New York State Junior Science Humanities Symposium.
The Ossining students will be the most student finalists from one high school to compete in the symposium, Ossining school officials said. In all, 30 science research projects statewide will compete in Albany on March 13 and 14 for a chance to present at the national level in Ohio in May. Professional researchers specializing in fields including theoretical physics to behavioral science evaluated each of the students’ research.
Students Caleb Hersh, Daniel McQuaid, Matthew D’Emic, Samuel Rude, Sania Khalid and Henry Tareque will present in the speaker competition to a panel of professional research judges. In addition students Sarah Permut, Claudia Mimoso, Pamela Brigleb, Edward Aryee and Amrita Ramesh will present their research in the poster format at the state level.
Tareque, a 17-year-old senior, said he was “pumped, but a little anxious” to get the chance to represent Ossining in Albany. He also credited teachers Angelo Piccirillo and Valerie Holmes for contributing to his success.
“They are absolutely fantastic,” Tareque said Friday. “They were the foundation of my success as a science research student and the entire program at Ossining High School is just incredible.”
Piccirillo and Holmes gave the credit for the program being able to send students to the competition nine years in a row to the collaboration of teachers, students, staff and to parental support.
“You take that and add superior students and professional researchers, you have a winning formula,” said Holmes in a news release from the district. “Our philosophy is simply to create an environment that puts all of our students in the best position possible to succeed. Then it is up to them to take advantage of the opportunity.”