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19 Lynbrook Students Submit Intel Papers

Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax
Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax
Story by Rosemary Leonetti

After months of painstaking research, a record number of 19 seniors in the Lynbrook High School Science Research program have submitted research project reports to the Intel Science Talent Search, one of the nation’s most prestigious science research competitions for high school seniors. Semifinalists will be announced on Jan. 8.

Over the past 14 years, seven semifinalists from Lynbrook High School have been named. This year’s contenders – Tyler Ambrico, Joshua Burton, Joseph Cappadona, Jesse Fine, Charlie Friedfeld, Sydney Kahn, Bradley Kaufman, Skyler Kessler, Elayna Kirsch, Griffin Kreit, Caroline Krendel, Emily Kunstler, Matthew Kurkemelis, Lauren Marrone, Winifred Mei, Anthony Rodriguez, Alexandra Rudish, Molly Schiff and Lauren Wiater  - all hope to be among the next to join the select group of semifinalists who will compete for $1.25 million in awards as they bring honor to their school.

 These dedicated young scientists worked for countless hours on independent science research projects in their high school science lab and in famed research facilities such as Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh, Rockefeller University and Stony Brook University. 

Delving into the fields of aeronautics, biomedical research, computer science, chemical engineering and social sciences, a number of students worked side by side with mentors who are conducting similar research in their own professional labs.

Under the guidance of science research teacher David Shanker, all of these students spent their junior year developing background information, reviewing literature, reading professional journal articles and contacting potential mentors to develop summer internships.

“By competing in the Intel, students learn how to conduct research on a professional level,” said Shanker. “They also make important professional connections that will help them as they go on to earn advanced degrees, whether they choose to pursue research careers or follow some other path of study.” 

Photo Caption: A record total of 19 Lynbrook High School seniors submitted research papers to the Intel Science Talent Search. 

Back row (l to r): Jesse Fine, Bradley Kaufman, Anthony Rodriguez, Caroline Krendel, Skyler Kessler, Elayna Kirsch, Joshua Burton and teacher David Shanker; center row (l to r): Winifred Mei, Charlie Friedfeld, Lauren Marrone, Alexandra Rudish, Sydney Kahn and Molly Schiff;

 front row (l to r): Tyler Ambrico, Matt Kurkemelis, Griffin Kreit and Joseph Cappadona. (Missing from photo: Lauren Wiater and Emily Kunstler.)

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