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Regeneron Scholars Named

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Seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools—three from North High School and four from South High School—have been named 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. They are Natasha Dilamani, Amy Shteyman and Megan Xu of North High, and Daniel Kim, Eric Kuang, Cindy Wang and Michelle Xing of South High.
Natasha Dilamani’s project is, “Typing Without Touch: A Touchscreen Accessible Device for the Visually Impaired.” Natasha created a sensory glove that enables the visually impaired to type on touchscreen devices by creating alpha-numeric characters through the motion of their fingers in mid-air.
Amy Shteyman’s project is, “The Language of Facial Expressions: a Neuroimaging Study of How a Smile is Generated and Perceived by Another Person.” This experiment investigated the difference between brain activity while a person smiles in an interaction with another person and the brain activity while a person smiles from a non-human stimulus.
Megan Xu’s project is “Taphonomy of Neoproterozoic Organic-walled Microfossils: the relationship between total organic carbon and presentation quality.” For this project, Megan rated fossils of microorganisms to determine the impact of an environmental factor, total organic carbon (TOC), on the preservation of organic-walled microfossils (OWMs) dating back to the Neoproterozoic Era (c. 1000-541 million years ago).
Daniel Kim’s project is, “Quantifying the Affinity of Mutated scFv's in Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells for GD2-Targeted Treatment of Neuroblastoma.” Daniel worked on improving a method in which the body’s immune system is used in the treatment of cancer. This method is designed to improve the ability of immune cells to distinguish between cancer and normal cells.
Eric Kuang’s project is, “Markov Chain Monte Carlo Testing of Cosmological Constant and the Limits of Cosmography with the Union2.1 Supernova Compilation.” Cosmic expansion was discovered by Edwin Hubble in 1929 and confirmed to be accelerating in 1998; this project analyzed data obtained from distance measurements of astronomical events with Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations, a statistical sampling algorithm, implemented in Java, to characterize the overall motion of the universe.
Cindy Wang’s project is, “Observation of the Chiral Magnetic Effect in the Quark-Gluon Plasma Produced in Au+Au Collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.” Studies of the particles that are generated during collisions of heavy ions shed light on interactions between fundamental particles that make up all matter. In this study, a particular phenomenon, the chiral magnetic effect, that had been postulated by theory but not definitively seen before, was observed. This research project also earned Cindy the title of Semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
Michelle Xing’s project is, “Direct Functionalization of Algal Nanocellulose to Enhance Biosorption for Lead (II) Remediation.” Pollution of water with lead and other metals is a serious problem worldwide. Chemical treatments of algae were carried out in order to create nanocellulose, which was then shown to be able to absorb lead ions from water. This research project also earned Michelle the title of Semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
North High science research teachers/advisors are Christopher Bambino, Christina Keys, Maya Lerner, Alan Schorn and Jessica Schust, department chair. Science research teachers/advisors at South High are Dr. Carol Hersh, Nicole Spanelli and Dr. James Truglio.
“We are delighted to honor this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “These brilliant students have already made remarkable scientific achievements at a young age, and we are eager to see where their scientific journeys take them next.”
The Regeneron competition is the former Westinghouse and then the Intel Science Talent Search. The Talent Search, begun in 1942, is the nations’ oldest, and often considered its most prestigious, pre-college science competition. It continues to be administered by Society for Science & the Public. Scholars will each receive $2,000, with a matching amount for their schools.
On Jan. 23, 40 of the top 300 Scholars will be named Finalists and compete in Washington, DC, in March. Finalists will participate in a rigorous judging process, interact with leading scientists, display their research for the public, and meet with national leaders.
Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to receive more than 100 of the world’s most esteemed science and math honors, including Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and Breakthrough Prizes.


South High Athlete Honored by Newsday Sports Writers

Photo of South High senior Glory Chung

Great Neck South senior Glory Chung has been selected by Newsday sports writers for the second team All-Long Island Field Hockey Team. She is the first field hockey player in Great Neck South High School history to receive this honor.
This past season, Glory was the second-leading goal scorer in Nassau County. She was named an All-Conference player by the coaches association, and she was selected by the Newsday sports writers as a forward for the second team All-Long Island Field Hockey Team.
Glory has been a member of the varsity field hockey team at South High for the past four years. During that time, she started every game and was the team’s leading scorer. Glory also served as team captain during her junior and senior years.


Eighth-Grade Residency Re-Verification

The Great Neck Public Schools is currently undertaking the annual process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2018. This is done to collect documentation that will assist in assembling students’ records for high school, and to verify that all students who enter the district high schools are residents of the district and thus entitled to attend.
Parents/legal guardians of all current eighth-grade students were recently sent a mailing that explains the documentation required and the method for submission. Additional information may be obtained by phoning your child’s middle school (441-4500 for North Middle, or 441-4600 for South Middle), or by going to for “Eighth-Grade Re-Verification” on the district Web site.
Re-Verification must be completed before a current eighth-grade student will be admitted to high school. Early submission of the necessary documents will facilitate this process. Therefore, all families with a current eighth-grader are urged to submit the required documents before Thursday, Feb. 15.
The Board of Education considers residency to be an important component in confronting the district’s fiscal challenges. Re-verification is one tool to insure that every child who is being educated in the district’s schools is entitled to that education.