Sophomores Shine at Somers Science Fair

Thirteen sophomores in John Jay’s Science Research program presented their proposed research project at the Somers Science Fair!

Not only did they join 620 other tenth graders from all over the county in gaining experience presenting their intended research design in a poster presentation, three students placed in the competition.

“All of our students had a great day!” said Ann Marie Lipinsky, science research teacher. She congratulated winners Dakota Cameron, first place in Environmental Science; Matt Casavant, first place in Behavioral Science; and Hadley Courtenay, second place in Behavioral Science.

John Jay Principal Dr. Steven Siciliano said that it was wonderful to see this level of commitment. The Science Research in the High School program, sponsored by the University at Albany, is a three-year program designed to give students first-hand experience in conducting research alongside a professional research scientist.

John Jay’s presence at the Somers Science Fair included more than sophomores. Lipinsky and science research teacher Krista Munger were also joined by several John Jay SciRe seniors who participated as judges: Alex Einhorn, Caleb Lee, Sophia Lind, Maya Nitta and Cami Sandell. “They have had an amazing year and have finished it off by supporting their classmates and the research program,” said Lipinsky.

She also thanked the following adults for stepping in at the last minute to replace some judge cancellations: Dr. Dennis McGroary, Amol Nayate, Ed Zapson and Sabrina Zapson; and Katonah-Lewisboro Schools’ Rich Harkawik for printing the posters for the sophomores.