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Five Students Named Regeneron Scholars

 Yearbook photos of five seniors named Regeneron STS Scholars

Five students from the Great Neck Public Schools have been named 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. They are Olivia Yeroushalmi and Renee Zbizika of North High School, and Karly Chan, Jeremy Kotlyar, and Isabel Wang of South High School.

Great Neck’s five Scholars are among 300 semifinalists nationwide, who were selected from an applicant pool of 1,805 students. Each Scholar will each receive $2,000, with a matching amount for their schools. Their award-winning projects are:

  • Olivia Yeroushalmi, North High: “Peripheral Vision Preferences: The Influence of Handedness and Eye Dominance on Peripheral Vision”
  • Renee Zbizika, North High: “Aerosol Optical Depth Estimation Using a Deep Neural Network: Assessing the Potential of Using Meteorological Data and Biomass Burning Event Data”
  • Karly Chan, South High: “A User-Friendly and Non-Invasive Voice Progress Tracker”
  • Jeremy Kotlyar, South High: “Treatment of D. tigrina With Calcium Chloride as a Novel Method of Inhibiting an Epilepsy Pathology Associated With the Soxb1 Monogenic Driver Pathway”
  • Isabel Wang, South High: “Coping During Covid-19: How Locus of Control Influences Coping Response in an Uncontrollable Situation”

North High science research teachers/advisors are Christopher Bambino, Loriana Demirciyan, Alan Schorn, Alison Widawsky, and Jessica York, department chair. South High science research teachers/advisors are Dr. Carol Hersh, Nicole Spinelli, and Dr. James Truglio.

"We are so proud that five students from our district have been recognized as Scholars through the very prestigious Regeneron competition," says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Teresa Prendergast. "Congratulations to our award-winning students on their impressive research projects, as well as our dedicated science research teachers who provide guidance and support throughout the research process."

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, science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. It is owned and produced by Society for Science. On Jan. 20, 40 of the top 300 Scholars will be announced as Finalists and will advance in the national competition.