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Wheatley Students Named Finalist, Semifinalist

The Wheatley School recently announced regional finalists and semifinalists for the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.


Junior Arjun Kapoor was announced as a regional finalist. Kapoor worked with Sahil Abbi, a student from the neighboring Herricks High School, and Connor Abbott from New Haven, Connecticut.  Their project, titled “The optimization of parallel computing network topologies using simulated annealing with a novel distance recalculation algorithm” was performed at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Professor Yufan Deng.  The group was one of only five projects in the New York region chosen as finalists.  They will be competing at the Regional Finals competition hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on Nov. 15-16.


Senior Aakash Jhaveri was given the distinction of semifinalist for his project titled “Apol1 variants induce necrotic cell death in human podocytes via increased lysosome membrane permeability”.  Jhaveri did his research at the North Shore LIJ Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.