Somers Science Students Win Big; Move onto International Competitions

WESEF grand prize winners Maya Watt and Alyssa Klee with science teacher William Maelia Credits: Somers Central School District
JSHS first-place winner Mark Worsley and science teacher William Maelia Credits: Somers Central School District
Twenty-six Somers students competed in WESEF. Credits: Somers Central School District

SOMERS, N.Y. – Students from the Somers Science Research Department have had an impressive month, with several students advancing to international competitions taking place in California and Texas. Some punched their tickets with impressive showings at regional competitions, while others were admitted through their research papers.


At the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF), 19 of the 26 Somers students who competed won special awards or placed in their category:

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• Fourth-place winners: Michelle Rosenblum, Keelyn Foley, Melina Couzis, Iain Janecka

• Third-place winners: Rocco D’Ascanio, Nathan Reynolds, Greg Siemers

• Second-place winners: Aidan Mahoney, Mark Worsley, Eitan Laredo

• First-place winners: Alyssa Klee, Rachel Mendelson, Maya Watt

Out of 575 projects, two Somers Science Research students took home grand prizes.

One grand prize winner, Watt, won an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the International ISWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project) competition from May 3 to May 8 in Houston. There, Watt will compete against 750 students from over 70 countries. Worsley, Reynolds and Siemers will also compete at ISWEEEP. They were selected based on their research papers.

The other grand prize award went to Klee. She will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the largest pre-college science competition in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, from May 14 to May 19. She will be up against more than 1,700 students from 75 countries, regions and territories for approximately $4 million in prizes.


Students from Somers Science Research also participated in the State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Albany earlier this month. Laredo and Reynolds presented their research via poster and Worsley presented as a PowerPoint speaker.

Worsley placed first in his category and had the opportunity to present his project to the entire symposium. Worsley won the first-place award for the overall competition, making him the first student from Somers to ever move on to compete at the National JSHS competition. He will travel to San Diego next month to compete at the National JSHS competition.

Science teacher William Maelia said his students have worked hard pursuing their passions in science.

“It is wonderful to see such hardworking students receiving the recognition that they deserve,” Maelia said. “It is inspiring to see these students produce such high caliber work through their commitment and dedication to their projects. I am excited for the students who are going to have the opportunity to share their work on the international stage at the upcoming competitions in San Diego, Houston and Los Angeles.”

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