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Sleepy Hollow Student Named Intel Finalist

Emily Thayer
Emily Thayer Photo Credit: Evelyn McCormack

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Emily Thayer, a senior at Sleepy Hollow High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix this spring, after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held recently at Sleepy Hollow High School.

Thayer, a senior heading to the University of Alabama to study chemical engineering, was recognized for her project, Limiting Nerve Sprouting using Anti-Growth Factor Receptor Antibodies to Reduce Pain in Bone Cancer and Osteoarthritis. The INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair will be held in May, and Thayer will be accompanied by SHHS science research teacher Janet Longo-Abinanti. She was among 500 students from throughout Westchester who competed at Westchester Science and Engineering Fair on March 12.

WESEF is a display of multi-year projects by some of the best high school science research students in Westchester and Putnam counties and is the regional version of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair -- the larger and more global of the two Intel national events. Students deliver formal presentations of their scientific accomplishments in a poster forum to professional researchers in the local area, and their work must be limited to data collected over the previous 12 months.

Student work is guided by high school research teachers from public, private, and parochial schools in the region. Sleepy Hollow’s science research co-teachers are Janet Longo-Abinanti and Michele Zielinski. Students present their research to scientists, business leaders, and the general public. Students prepare a poster detailing their projects which involve complex research conducted under the guidance of a professional researcher in their field of interest.

In addition to Emily, the following students took home prizes from WESEF:

  • Katie Miles placed second for her project on Creating and in vitro model of Marfan Syndrome
  • Dominique Marchini placed second for her project on Recycling Hair
  • Griffin Gebler placed fourth for his project on The Reduction of Agrochemicals in the Environment
  • Catarina Ribeiro won the Stockholm Water Prize.
  • Caroline Murphy won the Mianus River Gorge Ecology Award and the Environmental Perseverance Award
  • Sofia Guarnieri won the Office of Naval Research Award.
  • Sophia Norwood won the Ricoh Sustainable Energy Award and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

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