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Ossining Student Takes First Place At State Science Symposium

Ossining students represent Westchester at the New York State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students at the podium during the symposium. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining High School senior Juliet Ivanov received first place at the 30th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on March 12 and 13.

She will lead the New York delegation at the 53rd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium from April 29 to May 2 in Hunt Valley, Md..

Elizabeth Keeley, also an Ossining High School senior, placed second overall in the state competition and secured the second spot in the delegation to the national symposium

This is the third consecutive year that an Ossining student has finished in first place at the New York symposium. Science research students from 42 schools competed in the event, which was judged by scientists and industry experts.

This is the first time the two New York representatives are from the same school. Both their projects are in the biochemistry field.

Ossining High School student Christopher Gallego earned a trip to the nationals as a student observer by winning the Biomedical Sciences competition and finishing in fifth place overall in the state symposium.

At the national competition, 230 of the most promising young scientists in the country present their research to professional scientists for numerous cash awards and scholarships.

The local selection process to choose the best in New York began on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science Humanities and Symposium at John Jay High School in Cross River. More than 400 students from 34 high schools competed in the event. Ossining students earned eight first-place awards.

The outstanding effort by the students of the Ossining research program was augmented by several other impressive research projects whose merit was recognized at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium:

  • Tess Halpern - second place in behavioral sciences.
  • Charles Gulian - second place in physical sciences.
  • Stephanie Becker - third place in biomedical sciences.
  • Ariel Kanevsky - third place in physical sciences.
  • David Leibert - fourth place in behavioral sciences.
  • Rebecca Hannan - fourth place in biomedical sciences.

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