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Syosset HS: Two Intel Semifinalists

Syosset High School seniors Michelle Long and Jared Weiss have been named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. The prestigious honor was awarded to 300 high school seniors across the nation.

Conducting her research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Weiss Laboratory for Synthetic Biology, Long fabricated DNA circuits that can control genetic expression. This allows scientists to study the formation of tissues outside of the body and serves as a stepping stone towards examining tissue engineering that reflects realistic cell patterning. The aim of her work was to produce self-assembling micro-tissues that can control cell-to-cell attachments.

Weiss worked under Dimitris Samaras, Ph.D., during the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University, to study the application of the human gaze in computer vision. Developing an algorithm that facilitates automatic image annotation and possesses accuracy similar to human vision, Jared sought to comprehend how humans view images in order to formulate a more accurate assessment of the validity of proposed detections. This allows for the automatic annotation of a large number of images with minimal human involvement.


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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