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Horace Greeley Students Show Science Skills

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Students in Horace Greeley High School's science research program displayed the progress of their course-long projects last week during the school's annual Science Symposium.

The course is a three-year commitment - from sophomore to senior year - that allows students to take additional science classes and perform hands-on research in labs. There were 72 students enrolled in the program this year.

"In class itself we do a lot of reading papers and making the poster, but the actual project itself is usually done in the summer," said junior Nir Tomer, who was one of 26 sophomores and 25 juniors who displayed their research. "We go to a lab, we spend the summer there."

During senior year, students in the program perform hands-on research alongside a mentor of their choosing. Tomer will be traveling to Israel over the summer to continue his research on kidney failure.

At the symposium, 21 seniors displayed the culmination of their projects in areas such as breast cancer, ALS and color blindness. Senior John Desmarais said he happened upon his mentor by chance when he was reading a National Geographic magazine article about research for curing color blindness.

“I thought the research was so interesting I wrote down the professor’s name and I found his email,” Desmarais said at a recent board of education meeting. “We went back and forth with the questions and eventually the relationship got stronger and stronger.”

Desmarais said he was eventually invited to the University of Washington to work in his mentor’s lab.

The keynote speaker at the symposium was Dr. Kishore Iyer, an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He specializes in liver and small intestine transplant surgery and is the father of Greeley research student Anup Kishore.

Here is a complete list of students enrolled in the program:

Seniors : David Ashinsky, Noah Bressman, Jillian Cardona, Chloe Chepigin, John Desmarais, Natanie Erlikh, Brandon Gell, Justin Grossman, Julia Keegan, Gabrielle Kirschner, Anup Kishore, Vaishali Kumaraguru, Rachel Kurlander, Michael Lese, Gautam Narasimhan, Rebecca Passman, Neel Patel, Alexandra Rota, Tommy Sadik-Khan, Archit Verma, Davis Wertheimer.

Juniors : Maya Anand, Nicholas Biggar, Kathleen Duncalf, Nicole Lee Fella, Nicholas Girardi, Perri Goldstein, Willa Gutfreund, Peter Kim, Zoe Lazarus, Julia Lin, Angela Liu, Sara McElheny, Sabrina Pearson, Jiayi Peng, Jordan Poles, Daniel Scharf, Ilana Schwartz, Anthony Sclafani, James Sclafani, Audrey Seligman, Lawayna Singh, Nir Tomer, Sanan Venkatesh, Matt Xie, Sasha Zemsky.

Sophomores : Amelia Abemayor, Travis Amiel, Corey Brennan, Mary Chen, Christine Cho, Jessica Cooper. Pamela Divack, Gabrielle Greenberg, Anubhav Guha, Alexander Kaufman, Zoe Kerrich, Maya Kliger, Stephen Ku, Andrew Lafortezza, Olivia Metcalf, Rachel Neuburger, Elaine Park, Amy Rasmus, Mrinalini Samanta, Jacob Sandor, Hannah Saven, Paige Schoenberg, Maureen Steinhorn, Jeremy Summers, Benjamin Wesner, Samuel Wlody, Alan Zhang.

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