The Town of North Hempstead honored semifinalists from the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) during a ceremony. The Intel STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors and requires students to present original research to nationally recognized scientists.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board honored 18 semifinalists. This accounts for 6 percent of the 300 semifinalists nationwide. Honorees came from Manhasset, Paul D. Schreiber (Port Washington), John L. Miller Great Neck North, William A. Shine Great Neck South, Herricks, Mineola, Roslyn and Wheatley (East Williston) High Schools. This year, one of the students from North Hempstead, Tiffany Sun from Roslyn, moved on to the finals.
“Having the opportunity to honor such exceptional students is truly one of the best parts of my job,” said Bosworth. “The amount of time, effort and dedication necessary to complete projects of this magnitude is truly incredible.” Bosworth also went on to say that the achievements would not be possible without the support of the teachers, parents and administrators, who were all on hand to share in the moment.
The 12 of the 18 semifinalists who were in attendance were presented with certificates of recognition by the town board and gave brief explanations of their projects. This year’s Great Neck semifinalists from Great Neck North High School are Monica Beeferman, with her project, Intracellular Crosstalk in Protein Aggregation of E. coli Cells, an examination of the proteostasis network; and Jessy Lin, with her project, Top-Down and Bottom-up Interaction in Spoken Word Recognition.
From Great Neck South High School are Robbin Jang, with a project entitled Synthesis and Observations of Novel, Acetyl, CoA Carboxylase Inhibitors, precursors to bivalent compounds and Jay Zussman, with ip1 C-Terminal Phosphorylation Promotes Zip1-Sgs1, interaction in meiotic cells.