Prep Senior Named Intel Semi-finalist
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Posted by: Michael Graziano
St. Francis Prep senior Aishvarya Arora was named a Semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Intel STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Past participants of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most distinguished science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science. The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semi-finalists each year. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.
Aishvarya was one of 300 students selected as semi-finalists from over 1,700 students nationwide who entered the contest. Her project investigated the effects of social cues on Body Dysmorphic Disorder in adolescents, and now she moves on to the next round. She is the only student in Queens to be honored as a semi-finalist and one of only 6 semi-finalists to be named from Catholic high schools across the country.
We are very proud of her and we would also like to congratulate her Science Research faculty advisors Mary Ann Spicijaric (Science Department Chair), Jim Boylan, and Megan Sullivan along with all of her other science teachers. We are also proud of the other 17 seniors who completed papers to enter into the contest, and would like to add a special note of thanks to Liz Prohaska, Jane Lynch and Eric Hafker of our English department who helped edit the seniors' Intel papers.
Students from St. Francis Prep have been selected as Intel semi-finalists in 10 consecutive years and in 12 of the past 15 years (including 2013) and the Prep is the only Catholic high school in the nation that can make this claim. This is a wonderful reflection on our students, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our outstanding Science Program.