MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Seven Mahopac High School students were recognized at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF).  Five hundred and sixty-four students from around the region participated in the virtual fair this year. MHS sent seven projects and were awarded a total of six awards.

“Please join me in congratulating all of the MHS science research students on their participation in the WESEF. These students all upheld the MHS core values as they completed scientific research despite a global pandemic and I am so proud of all that they accomplished,” said MHS science research advisor Elizabeth Stephens. “Thank you to the school district for continuously supporting the scientific endeavors of our students, and to the entire Mahopac community for consistently pushing our students to be the best that they can be. Congratulations to our winners and to all our seniors!”

This year’s winners are:

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Alexander Gaspar and Andrea Settembrini: Recipient of the Leason Ellis Team Project Award

Victoria Longo and Olivia Saturn: Recipient of the Critica Behavioral Science Achievement Award

Renuka Muralidhar: Recipient of the United States Air Force Award

Alexa Tyberg: Recipient of a 2nd Place Award in the category of Computer Science

Maxwell Semegran: Recipient of the American Meteorological Society Award and the Teatown Young Environmentalist Award

Here’s a complete list of Mahopac’s WESEF categories and project title submissions:

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Veronika Bilinkski and Kiarra Condon: “Analyzing the Change in Crime Rates Among Different Areas in New York Due to the Outbreak of Covid-19”

Alexander Gaspar and Andrea Settembrini: “The Relationship of the Platforms Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram with Depression, Stress, and Anxiety in High School Students” (Recipient of the Leason Ellis Team Project Award)

Victoria Longo and Olivia Saturn: “The Effects of Artificial and Natural Ambient Light on Short Term Memory” (Recipient of the Critica Behavioral Science Achievement Award)

Nicole Silvagni: “Effect of Owners’ Personality on Dogs’ (Canis Lupus Familiaris) Behavior”

Computer Science

Renuka Muralidhar: “Modeling for Identifying Methane Emissions” (Recipient of the United States Air Force Award)

Alexa Tyberg: “Investigating Channel-Adapted Bacon-Shor Quantum Error Correction Codes in a Realistic Setting” (Recipient of a 2nd Place Award in the category of Computer Science)

Environmental Sciences

Maxwell Semegran: “Aquatic Invasive Species Survey of Lake Mahopac” (Recipient of the American Meteorological Society Award and Recipient of the Teatown Young Environmentalist Award)

Additionally, MHS was the recipient of a brand new, top-of-the-line stereo microscope thanks to a donation by Carl Zeiss Microscopy.

Article courtesy of Mahopac School District