John Jay Students Take Science Research Honors
research topics often grow out of a personal experience
Grace Mango’s investigation of the blue-green algal growth at her neighborhood lake, Lake Oscaleta, took top place in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WRJSHS). She traces the genesis of her topic back to a conversation with Janet Andersen, a citizen-scientists and president of the Three Lakes Council in South Salem, three years ago.
Eliza Wein, currently the number one eBirder at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, won third place in WRJSHS’s Earth and Environmental Science category for her research on urban bird migration. Madeleine Panek’s research on age-related macular degeneration, inspired by a family member’s degenerative eye disease, placed third in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category.
Grace Mango in the lab
Eliza Wein in the field
Students Find Personal Growth and Direction
Grace, Eliza and Madeleine are three of six John Jay student-scientists whose research was recognized at WRJSHS on January 30. More than 350 seniors from 36 area high schools participated in the event, including eighteen from John Jay. While students’ research topics often grow out of a personal experience, the rewards of participating in the Science Research program are surprising and broad.
Grace credits John Jay’s science research program for empowering her to take her place as a woman in STEM. “I remember watching senior presentations three years ago completely in awe, thinking to myself that I could never do that but here I am, and I am so excited to continue in the future,” said Grace. “Science Research helped me realize that environmental science is the field I will be valuable in as an innovator, problem solver and researcher.”
becoming life-long learners and problem-solvers
Eliza reflects on how working with her mentor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology not only developed her ability to communicate with professionals and present her work, it strengthened her connection with the college of her choice. “I was extremely fortunate to be accepted into Cornell early decision,” said Eliza. “I have every intent to keep up my research and engage with the ornithology community at Cornell.”
Sophia Kreckler placed first in the Local Speaker Session in Neurology for her work on ultrasound as an effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. She was drawn to the topic by her uncle’s struggle with Parkinson's Disease and now looks towards continuing her research in college. “Because of this class I have a clear idea of what I want to do in the future,” said Sophia.
Sophia Kreckler created an algorithm
John Jay's Supports Learning Opportunities for Students
Ann Marie Lipinsky, the coordinator of John Jay High School’s Science Research program, is also the Chairperson of WRJSHS which is hosted each year at John Jay High School and requires a tremendous amount of coordination. She describes John Jay's commitment to the Science Research program as long-term and focused. “The opportunity to do this truly authentic work not only inspires students to go on in science but also prepares them to be life-long learners and problem-solvers. I am very proud and grateful that as a district we support these kinds of opportunities for our students.”
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Grace Mango Proceeds to National JSHS!
After WRJSHS, Grace Mango proceeded to Update JSHS, where she took top honors in her field, placing 1st in the Environmental Science room! Her work was described by judges as "very scientific" and "excellent." Grace presented and competed in the finals there, finishing in 4th place. She will proceed to the 59th National SHS on April 14 - 17 where she will present her work in a poster format.
“I am incredibly proud of our Science department’s teachers, students and leaders,” said principal Dr. Steven Siciliano. “Under these circumstances especially, this is absolutely inspiring.”
#1 in her category
Westchester Science and Engineering Fair
9 John Jay seniors had their work recognized!
- Eliza Wein: NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award
- Grace Mango: Stockholm Junior Water Prize, 3rd place Environmental Science
- Maya Schwartz: Excellence in Medical Research Award
- Nathan Potash: Expanding Knowledge in Science Award
- Lucas Eberhardt: Momentive Inventing Possibilities Award
- Ally Edelman: 4th place in Biochemistry
- Lucas Eberhardt: Momentive Inventing Possibilities Award
- Quade Albert: 2nd in Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Madeleine Panek: 2nd in Cellular and Molecular Biology
John Jay High School students recognized at WRJSHS
Grace Mango placed first in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category and will move onto the Upstate JSHS where she will present her work for a chance to go to the National JSHS. Her work: Comparing the utilization of inorganic and organic phosphate in blue-green algal growth.
Madeleine Panek placed third in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category and will present a poster at the Upstate JSHS. Her work: The Influence of MicroRNAs in the Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Sofia Gil placed third in the Math/Computer Science category and will present a poster at the Upstate JSHS. Her work: Chemistry with Qubits: Modeling the Diels Alder Reaction Between Ethylene and Cyclopentadiene Using Quantum Technology.
Eliza Wein placed fourth in the Earth and Environmental Science category and will present a poster at the Upstate JSHS. Her work: Has seasonal timing of urban bird migration shifted in the last two decades? An exploration using weather surveillance radar data in ten US cities.
Quade Albert placed 5th in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category and is an alternate to present a poster at Upstate JSHS. His work: Genetic Engineering of the HIV-1 Capsid to Address the Orientation Problem During Cryo-electron Micrography.
Sophia Kreckler placed first in the Local Speaker Session in Neurology. Her work: Automated Quantification of Microglial Response after Focused Ultrasound-induced Opening of the Blood Brain Barrier.