Yorktown Science Superstars Earn Awards at Westchester Fair

Pranav Krish, center, with Emma and Hannah Bilton. The high school juniors presented their research at Intel ISEF in Los Angeles. Credits: Michael Blueglass

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – In March, Yorktown High School Science Research students presented their projects and findings at the Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF), which brings together nearly 600 high school students from 40 area schools to present their advanced science research projects to local professionals.

While much of the focus is on the students who moved onto a national or international level, dozens of Yorktown students earned accolades:

Special Awards

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• Special Awards Stockholm Water Prize: Annamarie Khandji

• Think Steam Award: Emily Olivier

• College Admission Central Science Horizons Award: Rory O’Brien, Emma Santini

• George Yancopoulos Young Scientist Award (Regeneron): Anisha Duvvi

Best in Category Awards

Fourth Place Awards in Category Sponsored by Westchester Academy of Medicine ($25)

• Behavioral Science: Caitlin O’Donnell

• Cell and Molecular Biology: Anisha Duvvi, Sabrina Sinagra, Ava Howard

• Computational Biology: Smita Mohindra

• Computer Science: Liam Cushen

• Engineering: Emily Huang, Samantha Caddauan

• Medicine and Health: Kathleen Granitt

Third Place Awards in Category Sponsored by Psychogenics Pharmaceuticals ($50)

• Behavioral Science: Salvatore Pepe (and partner Paige Lee from Putnam Valley)

• Chemistry: John Calderon

• Computational Biology: Navin Rath

Second Place Awards in Category Sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics ($75)

• Behavioral Science: Sameer Ahmad

• Cell and Molecular Biology: Eden Sheinin

• Medicine and Health: Michaela Kyer

• Microbiology: Julia Flaim and Sidharth Anand

First Place Awards in Category Sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ($100)

Behavioral Science: Emma and Hannah Bilton

Computer Science: Pranav Krish

Medicine and Health: Jackie Stochel

Grand Prize Winners

The following students won a spot to present their research at one of the three International Science Fairs (ISWEEEP, Intel ISEF and Genius Olympiad):

I-SWEEP (Houston): Jackie Stochel (11th grade)—Identifying if Repetitive Migraine Headaches Have Concussion-Like Effects on the Brain; Michaela Kyer (11th grade)—Determining Oral Hygienic Trends and a Topical Fluoride Alternative for Developing Countries; John Calderon (11th grade)—Improving the Synthesis of Materials to be Used in Lithium Ion Batteries

Intel ISEF (Los Angeles):  Pranav Krish (11th grade)—Creating an Application to Improve Reading Comprehension of People with Orthographic Dyslexia; Emma and Hannah Bilton (11th grade)—The Effect of the Drug Metformin on Learning After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Genius Olympiad (Oswego): Samantha Caddauan (12th grade)—Finding the Limitations in Body Powered Prostheses Through and Amputee Simulation; Sameer Ahmad (11th grade)—Understanding the Impact that Epilepsy has on the Quality of Life; Eden Sheinin (11th grade)—Determining the Impact of Malnutrition on High Protein Levels in Pregnant Mice to Decrease Infant Mortality; Hannah and Emma Bilton (11th grade)—The Effect of the Drug Metformin on Learning After a Traumatic Brain Injury; Annamarie Khandji (11th grade)—Testing the Effect of Septic Tank Use on Water Bodies; Jackie Stochel (11th grade)—Identifying if Repetitive Migraine Headaches Have Concussion-Like Effects on the Brain

Science Research Symposium

To learn more about the research from high school science research students, come to the 16th annual Science Research Symposium on Wednesday, May 31, at Yorktown High School. A complimentary hot buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m.; vegetarian options will be available. At 6:45 p.m. will be a poster session where you can learn about any of the different research projects from all areas of research. At 7:30 p.m., there will be (brief) PowerPoint presentations and montages.

RSVP to Michael Blueglass at or 914-243-0561.

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