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Four Intel Semi-Finalists at Schreiber

Winners in Science and Social Science Research

Schreiber High School’s nationally recognized research program has produced four semi-finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search, America’s most prestigious pre-college science research competition. These high school seniors are Elizabeth Corteselli, Alex Costenoble, Nicole Meyers and Sarah Pierce and were named among the 300 semifinalists of the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search.

The science research program participants, under the direction of teacher John Schineller, produced three semi-finalists. Elizabeth Corteselli studied “The Effects of Winter Climate Change on Belowground Productivity and Fine Root Mortality in a Northeastern Spruce-fir Forest; Alexander Costenoble presented “The Effect of the Electrolyte Solution Composition on Electron Transfer Rates at Carbon Electrodes” and Nicole Meyers researched Optimizing the Synthesis of a Dipyrromethane for Porphyrin Preparation.” In the social science research program, under the direction of teacher Petro Macrigiane, Sarah Pierce did her project on “The Effects of Birth Order and Total Number of Offspring on the Mortality and Survival of Papio Cynocephalus Anubis Infants.”

Each semifinalist will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Intel Science Talent Search. In addition, Schreiber will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist from the Intel School Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching and school support of student research. Schreiber will use this money to contribute to science, engineering or math education.

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, brings together the best and brightest young scientific minds in America to compete for $1.25 million in awards and scholarships. Every year, some 1,600 American high school seniors enter Intel STS with original projects from a wide range of mathematics and science disciplines. The field of 1,600 is narrowed to 300 semifinalists, and then to 40 finalists.

Schreiber has consistently produced Intel Semifinalists: eight in 2003; eight in 2004; five in 2005; eight in 2006; six in the 2007; seven in 2008; three in 2009 and four this year. These results place the school in the top tier of Intel competition nationwide. Since Dr. Geoffrey Gordon became Superintendent in 2003, independent research has been a curricular focus.