Six Byram Hills High School students will compete at the annual New York State Junior Science Humanities Symposium, which will be held next month in Albany.
The six are among 13 Byram Hills students to win awards at the annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held earlier this month at John Jay High School in Katonah. The students participate in the district’s Dr. Robert Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program.
Byram Hills will send four students to compete at the state level in the speaker competition and two in the poster competition. The students chosen to speak in Albany are competing for a chance to represent New York in May at the national competition in Ohio.
David Keith, who directs the research program, said the regional competition offered the 23 Byram Hills students who participated the opportunity to present their research in fields ranging from genetics to microbiology, and then field questions posed by professional researchers.
The students advancing to the state for their PowerPoint presentations of research are:
— Emma Goodman, who won first place in Behavior for a project on teenaged girls’ perceptions of luxury branding vs. empirical quality in women’s sheepskin boots.
— Brett Roston, who won first place in Medicine and Health for investigating the regulatory pathways of a key protein responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.
— Megan Ahern, who won second place in Behavior, for the effect of syntax on verbal first-responder reaction time.
— Chris DiCapua, second place in Physical Science, for engineering (and actually receiving a patent for) an improved electronic ventilator for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
— Greg Fishberger, fourth place in Genetics, for discovering a novel method of turning genes on and off incrementally.
— Karan Goyal, fourth place in Microbiology, for tests on novel cellular factors that might be able to block HIV infection.
Award winners for poster presentations of research are: Jonathan Bricker, second place poster presenter overall across all categories; Becky Barnett, first place in category; Rose Arditi, first place in category; Sabrina Khan, second place in category; Syd Wolchok, third place in category; Natalie Pudalov, third place in category; and Jon Bohrer, third place in category.