An announcement just came in from the district:
The Intel Corporation has named four Byram Hills students among the 300 semifinalists of its annual Science Talent Search competition for independent college-level scientific research.
The Byram Hills students, seniors Rachel Cawkwell, John Di Capua, Lily Kosminsky, and Ian Schneider, are participants in the Authentic Science Research in the High School program, which involves three years of college-level scientific research under the guidance of a mentor who is a professional in the field that the student is pursuing.
The Science Talent Search is America’s oldest, most highly regarded pre-college science competition. In spite of the high school’s small size, Byram Hills has a strong legacy in scientific research. With 73 semifinalists to date and 17 finalists, Byram Hills has had more semifinalists in this competition than any other school in Westchester County. Its Authentic Science Research program was created in the 1980’s by Byram Hills science teacher Dr. Robert Pavlica who trained more than 170 school districts around the country to develop science research courses.
Each of the 300 semifinalists, as well as their schools, will receive awards of $1,000. The semifinalists were chosen from among 1,736 entrants and will be trimmed to 40 finalists on Jan. 27. Those 40 will advance to the competition March 11-16 in Washington, D.C., to compete for $630,000 in awards from the Intel Foundation. The grand prize is $100,000.
The Byram Hills semifinalists and their research titles are: Rachel Cawkwell, “Examining the Role of Microvesicles in Communication between Tumor Cells and Macrophages in Cancer”; John Di Capua, “The Use of the i-gel Laryngeal Airway Device for Rescue Breathing by Lay Responders: A Comparative Study of Three Airway Techniques”; Lily Kosminsky, “Assessing the Risk of Stress Shielding in Osseointegrated Transfemoral Implants”; and Ian Schneider, “Annealing of CuInA1 Precursors during Two Step Absorber Layer Deposition for CIAS Thin Film Solar Cells.”
The four were among 15 Westchester County students named in this year’s competition: the list also included four students from Ossining High School; two from Briarcliff; and one each from Chappaqua, Edgemont, Irvington, Pleasantville, and Rye.