Great Neck high school students Graelin Mandel, Oliva Descorbeth and Emily Bae were among the semifinalists from the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) honored by the Town of North Hempstead during a ceremony at town hall on Feb. 23. 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.
The research of Graelin Mandel from Great Neck North High School was an fNIRS Comparison of Cross-brain Coherence during Spoken Dialogue and Text-based Chatting. Also from North, Oliva Descorbeth’s research was about Social Class and Interpersonal Communication: fNIRS Hyperscanning Reveals Neural Differences during Dialogue Between Pairs of Individuals with Low and High Socioeconomic Disparities. From Great Neck South, Emily Bae’s research focused on Determining the Contribution of Uropathogenic Proteus mirabilis Virulence-associated Fimbriae to in vitro Fitness.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board honored 10 semifinalists from eight North Hempstead schools, who account for more than 3 percent of the 300 semifinalists nationwide. Honorees were also from Herricks High School, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Roslyn High School and The Wheatley School.
Dozens of proud family members, administration and faculty looked on as Bosworth and the town board presented certificates of recognition to the extraordinary students who briefly explained their innovative projects.
“Tonight—the Intel semifinalist ceremony—is one of my favorite nights of the year as we have the opportunity to honor our brightest and most creative students in the Town of North Hempstead,” said Bosworth. “Congratulations to all the students, and to the faculty, administration and parents for all their support along the way.”