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Prep's Mark of Excellence Shines Again in Siemens-Westinghouse Competition!

Monday, October 29, 2007  
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The Siemens-Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on by fostering individual growth in high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects.

This year, St. Francis Prep enjoys the distinction of being the only school in Queens and the only Catholic school in New York State to have semifinalists.  We are proud to highlight the achievements of these Prep students:

Maria Bartellino worked at the New York University School of Medicine. Her project, Evaluation of Functional Properties of Vesicles from Different Types of Cancer, poses a possible treatment for cancer in vesicles shed from various forms of cancer. At high concentrations, vesicles from one form of cancer can suppress tumor growth when combined with a different type of cancer. She also determined that vesicles can determine their compatible cancer, and potentially switch invasion on and off.

Eleanor Reilly, who worked at Weill Medical Center at Cornell University, entitled her project Amyloid-beta Impairs Synaptic Function in Alzheimer's Disease by means of the Multivesicular Bodies. It is known that amyloid-beta accumulates in patients with Alzheimer's. Eleanor's work found that amyloid-beta causes an important protein to be degraded. Because of this degradation, impulses cannot be transmitted properly in the brain. However, with the application of glycine, these effects can be reversed.

We congratulate these young scientists and wish them well in all their future endeavors!!! They are fine examples of the quality of the members of Prep's student body and they continue the tradition of excellence that the Franciscan Brothers began nearly 150 years ago.