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Senior Science Research Symposium Returns to North High
North High School celebrated the return of the Senior Science Research Symposium on Dec. 8. An audience of more than 100 students, parents, and faculty gathered in the school library to watch culminating presentations delivered by eight seniors who have devoted months of work to their science research projects.
North High’s senior science research students are Tyler Brechner, Leila Hawa, Liora Kaya, Addison Klebanov, Jordan Mayorga, Nikita Soleymani, Katherine Sun, and Carolina Swiatkowska.
“Each one of these young people has done a tremendous amount of work,” praised Jessica York, science research director and science department chair at North High. “There were so many varieties of laboratory experiences and at-home projects, but all of them required an incredible amount of dedication, a willingness to try, see if it didn’t work, come up with ways to address those issues, and try again. That’s really what’s at the heart of science research.”
The seniors have completed extensive applications to submit their research for prestigious science competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). According to Mrs. York, applications can be upwards of 80 pages in length, including over 20 pages of original, complex research analysis written by the student.
The ability to clearly and concisely present strategies, data, and outcomes is a major component of science research. Senior Symposium is an opportunity for seniors to polish their presentations in preparation for major research competitions that take place in the winter and spring.
This year’s event was North High’s first live, in-person Symposium since 2019. The evening concluded with a time-honored tradition, as the seniors were presented with custom sweatshirts in recognition of their commitment to the Science Research program throughout their high school careers. This year’s sweatshirt design was created by junior Ethan Dayani, also a member of the Science Research program.
The North High Science Research program is led by teachers Christopher Bambino, Alison Widawsky, and Jessica York, science department chair/director of science research.