SFP's Intel Semifinalist Recognized by Local Elected Officials
Monday, February 11, 2013
Posted by: Michael Graziano
Congresswomen Grace Meng (the first
Asian American elected to Congress from the East Coast) visited us at
St. Francis Prep on Friday, November 8th. She presented a commendation
to Aishvarya Arora '13, who was the ONLY student in all Queens schools (both
public and private) to be named a semi-finalist in the prestigious
Intel Science Talent Search. (Grace's brother, Andy, graduated from Prep
in 2003.) Congresswomen Meng was accompanied by New York State
Senators Joseph P. Addabbo and Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew
Hevisi, (28th District) and Assemblywomen, Nily Rozic, (25th District)
and Yolanda Delacruz-Gallagher from the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic
Association. Click here to view the photo gallery.
In a related story, Intel announced a new "digital badging” program to recognize the students
who were not named as Semifinalists, but are worthy of recognition for
producing and submitting exceptional work. Intel asserts that the concept of
‘digital badging” serves as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment
and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills. The following 10 St. Francis Prep
students earned the Research Report Badge in recognition of their exceptionally
well-written college-level report covering the research they submitted to the
Intel Science Talent Search:
Project: The Effects of Household Corrosive
Chemicals on Pig Bone and Human Tissue
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Hartnett
Project: Implications for Childhood Obesity:
Addressing the True Motivation Behind Enrolling an Overweight or Obese Child in
a Nutritional Program
Mentor: Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.
Effects of Emotions and Message-Framing on the Decision Making Process.
Project: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and
Depression on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez
Project: The Effectiveness of CIMT and Habit in
the Rehabilitation of Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.
Project: Determining the causes of injuries for
diamondback terrapins in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Mentor: Dr. Russell Burke
Project: The Effects of Bec-1 Tissue Specific
Overexpression in Caenorhabditis Elegans
Mentor: Dr. Alicia Melendez
Project: The Effect of Air Pollution and Viral
Infections on the development of Asthma Symptoms
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Perzanowski
Stephen Tettelbach Ph.D.
Size Relationships and Rates of Predation of the Bay Scallop by Channeled
Folic Acid Supplementation Up-Regulates Stress Response Proteins in
Lymphoblastoid Cells. Implications in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Mohammed Junaid
worth noting that St. Francis Prep students have been selected as Intel
semi-finalists in 10 consecutive years and in 12 of
the past 15 years (including 2013).
Moreover, St. Francis 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. We are very proud of all of our students and we also congratulate
our Science Research faculty advisors Mary Ann Spicijaric (Science Department
Chair), Jim Boylan, and Megan Sullivan. We 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, and the entire Prep
community for their encouragement, support and contributions to our students
intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth.