Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano honored eight of the best and brightest students, from four Nassau high schools this week, who either won the $100,000 Siemens Competition’s grand prize – or was a finalist in the prestigious research competition – for their outstanding achievements in math, science and technology.
The honorees and their families were invited to the ceremonial chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola, where County Executive Mangano presented them, their mentors and teachers, with citations.
“These students have demonstrated the talent and drive, to change the world for the better,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “It’s become clear that high expectations spur high achievement and that academic excellence is a community effort involving parents, teachers, schools and mentors.”
Launched in 1999, the widely recognized Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology – and awards more than $600,000 in scholarships to high school students annually. Students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.
Two Manhasset High School seniors, will share a $100,000 prize for their winning team entry in the 2015 Siemen’s Competition; two other Manhasset students received honors for their project. There were two honorees from Syosset High School, one from Herricks and one from Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys, in Woodmere.
The winning Manhasset duo created microbial fuel cells designed to clean up oil spills or to provide power to developing countries by speeding up the breakdown of sediment and other matter – in a project they nicknamed “mud power.”
County Executive Mangano recognized each student who attended the ceremony, for their “extraordinary work and accomplishments.”
“Through rigorous research, experiencing new discoveries and developing extremely impressive projects, each of you have truly earned the well-deserved recognition and successes that you have received,” Mangano said. And he thanked the school advisors, teachers, mentors, principals, and other education officials who assisted their students and were present at the ceremony, to support and celebrate with them.
Manhasset High School
o Kimberly Te, 1st Place Winner $100,000
o Christine Yoo, 1st Place Winner $100,000
o Yan He. Honoree
o Kevin Sadhu. Honoree
• Alison Huenger- Research Director
• Thomas Elkins- District Coordinator for Science, Health, & Technology
• Charles Cardillo- Superintendent of Schools
• Dr. Dean Schlanger- Principal of Manhasset Secondary School
Syosset High School:
o Sarah Lee, Honoree
o Kunal Shah, Honoree
• Veronica Ade, Research Facilitator
• Dr. Giovanni Durante, Principal
• Mr. Thomas Allen, Administrative Assistant for Science
Herricks High School:
o Bong Seok Jung, Honoree
• Principal Dr. Thompson
Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys:
o David Herman, Honoree
• Dr. David Friedman (outside consultant hired to be David’s mentor)
• Principal M. Rosenberg
• Principal G. Kirshenbaum
• Guidance Counselor Madeline Rosenberg