Several Ossining students earned awards at a recent science fair. Check out the district’s press release below:
Science Research Students Earn Awards at WESEF
OSSINING, N.Y. — Seven students from Ossining High School won the right to represent Ossining, Westchester and the United States at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) by taking top honors at the 10th Annual Westchester-Putnam Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF), held on Saturday, March 13.
Ossining’s WESEF winners are: Sean Maiorano, Florence Kuhl and Camila Linneman for their individual projects, Dara Illowsky & Laura Hellmich, and Charlotte Kleiman & Alina Lesnovskaya for team projects.
Ossining’s finalists are among only eight individuals and four teams that won weeklong, all expenses paid trips to San Jose, Calif., to compete in the ISEF, the “superbowl” of science fairs. At the international fair, more than 1,500 students from more than 50 countries will compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships to be awarded this year.
“This win at WESEF is huge for me,” said Maiorano. “I have heard so much about ISEF, and it has always been a goal of mine to go. I can’t believe that I am actually going, and there is no place I would rather go than California, which is where I may be going to college. I am really passionate about my project, and I am super excited to present my research on an international level.”
Kuhl also expressed excitement at the achievement. “I couldn’t be more ecstatic about going to ISEF. I’ve heard so much about the amazing time people have at the international fairs, and I can’t wait to take part in such a huge event,” she said. “This has been such a great experience, and going to ISEF is such an amazing reward for all the hard work put into my project over the last three years. I can’t wait to meet young people from all around the world.”
Angelo Piccirillo and Valerie Holmes, who co- teach the Ossining Science Research Program, once again point out Ossining students’ continuing success — and that Ossining is the only school to have had a student qualify every year to ISEF selected from WESEF, which was established in 2001.
Ossining’s Fundamentals of Science Research Program began at OHS in 1998 with 12
students. Today, 84 students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 participate in the three-year program with two full-time science research teachers. Students work with local mentors who are experts in their fields to conceptualize and conduct challenging research, which consistently achieves honors from such groups as Westinghouse, the Intel Science Talent Search and regional science corporations. Piccirillo and Holmes credit the consistent success of Science Research students to the collaboration that exists between the all the teachers and staff of Ossining High School along with parental support. “You take that and add superior students and professional researchers, you have a winning formula,” said Piccirillo.