SPARTA, NJ -The second class of the Sparta High School STEM Academy completed their rigorous course work, culminating in a capstone project.  This is the first graduating class for the Engineering and Design strand and second for Biomedical strand.

Science Supervisor Marissa Wilson said students recorded their presentation and shared them via Google Classroom on June 2.  That would have been the day they made their formal presentations would have been made to Biomedical strand teacher Sarah Pisano, Engineering and Design strand teacher Mark Meola and classmates.

“The students’ presentations were professional and polished, well beyond their years,” Wilson said. 
“We are so proud of everything they have accomplished at Sparta High School and within the STEM Academy.”

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Engineering and Design Seniors and their mentor companies:

  • Alan Yeung – Aerospace Research and Development Engineering/ Aerojet Rocketdyne,
  • Anna Tartaglia – Thor Labs,
  • Patrick Ryan McQuillan – Electrical Engineering,
  • Sebastian Gomez – CP Engineering,
  • Thomas Scheri - Aerospace Research and Development Engineering/ Aerojet Rocketdyne,

Biomedical Engineering students and their Capstone Projects and mentor companies:

  • Antonia Hand- Obesity and Chronic Diseases in Canines with Andover Animal Hospital,
  • Corinne Groome – Music Therapy to Treat Speech Disorders with Mrs. Kreig, Speech Language Specialist at Alpine School,
  • David Rubin – Cost Benefit Analysis of the DaVinci Robot with Dr. Maurizio Miglietta General Surgeon,
  • Kelsei Loewen – Advancements in Research on Targeted Treatments of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer with Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky, Sparta Regional Care Cancer Association,
  • Michele Scaglione – Impact of Socioeconomic Statues on the Receipt of Health Screenings with Dr. Jefferey Leighner and John Gumbs, Free Clinic Newton,
  • Natalie Krudys – The Efficacy of Various Treatments for Bell’s Palsy with Stacy Pichette, Heritage Health and Physical Therapy,
  • Ryan Ventresca – An Overview of Ocular Trauma Treatment with Sparta Eye Associates,
  • Shahed A-Aydi – The Pertinence of Mental Health on Physical Activity Performance with Dr. Laura Ragel, DPT,
  • Terrence Hurley- Effects of American Football on Mortality, Cognition, Behavior, Brain Structure and Development of Traumatic Encephalopathy with Lance Baumgartner, Director of Physical Therapy Ivy Rehab,
  • Todd Cummings – Prevalence Causes and Treatments of Dental Anxiety with Dr. Christopher Ouimette

“This group of STEM students leaves behind an overwhelmingly positive legacy that will be treasured for years to come,” Wilson said. “Additionally, we are very grateful to all the mentors who supported our students this year. The time and expertise these professionals have shared with our students is invaluable and is something that simply cannot be recreated in a classroom setting.”

Wilson said they are always looking for community members to share their professional talents with the STEM Academy students. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor to the STEM Academy students in the field of medicine, general science, general scientific research, engineering, computer science, technology and veterinary science are asked to reach out to Marisa Wilson.

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