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Science Projects Headed To International Fairs

Manhasset High School juniors Pat Fahey and Mike Kusernick have made the finals of the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy & Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) with their project that explores a new bioassay technique for the detection of heavy metals in polluted waters.  Also attending ISWEEP will be juniors Bryan Herbert, Aaron Tabibzadeh and Stephen Tranchina, whose project is a two-year study that sought to optimize Chlorella (a green algae) as a potential biodiesel fuel of the not-too-distant future. The two groups will be competing in Houston, Texas in early May.

In other competitions, junior Albert Kim will be presenting his research on the environmental toxin 4 nonophenoly at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Albert was a winner of the Long Island Regional Fair in the environmental category.  And, winning the environmental management category at the LISEF Fair were juniors Arthur Wang, Randy Tung and Archie Kong.  Their project explored the possible health hazards of nanoparticles. These particles are growing in use and little has been done to explore their potentially dangerous effects.

Finally, juniors Karalyn Pappas and Stephanie Ying were winners of the New York State Science and Engineering Fair taking “Best in Fair” honors and will now also move onto to the ISEF Fair. These students explored a radically different approach to the treatment of ALS using a worm (C. Elegans) model of this disease.

The INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Phoenix, Arizona the week of May 13 -20.  The three Manhasset projects will join the more than 1,200 international projects submitted from more than 70 countries competing for more than $4 million in prize money and scholarships.

Mr. Guastella and Ms. Huenger, the science mentors for these students, were especially happy that four of these projects were completed right here in Manhasset High School’s research lab. Guastella commented, “Our lab remains one of the country’s top high school facilities. This has occurred because of the tremendous support of the science coordinator, Theresa Curry, the building and district administration, and the fantastic parents of the students enrolled in the science research program.”