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Spotlighting the Scientifically-Inclined

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Students at the high school showcased their scientific aptitude in an exhibit of research-driven projects and experiments.

The school’s 11th annual Science and Engineering Fair featured 51 student presenters, and judges comprised of district faculty, college professors, Village of Freeport officials and science-related industries. Projects were evaluated using a point system on the bases of research displayed, methods used, validity of conclusions and students’ presentation of results. Research categories included behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, medicine and health, microbiology, and space science.

Junior Rebecca Robles, whose project was titled “Proving the Variability of BL Cam by using the Stetson Index,” became interested in scientific research when she was in eighth-grade at Dodd. That year, she presented a project to scientists at a conference in California, and said that the experience opened her eyes to a world she wanted to explore further. Robles is also in the school’s Navy Junior ROTC program, and said that presenting is a facet of the high school’s science research program that she truly enjoys.

“I love presenting to college professors and to people who have such a vast knowledge of the sciences,” said Robles. “I particularly like my work being compared with that of my peers, and the entire experience is just great for networking and growth.”

“I see a great deal of growth this year,” said Dr. Blendi Koroveshi, a professor at CUNY Queens College who has been judging the school’s Spring staple for three years. “There is so much potential, and it’s great to see such diversity of projects. Even the projects I’m not judging are great to see because it’s fascinating to see how the torch is passed on.”