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Greenwich students count up STEM awards

March 20, 2019

GREENWICH — Greenwich public and private schools are sweeping awards in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Here is a roundup of the stellar achievements of the town’s young scholars.

Students from Greenwich Catholic School and Greenwich High School took top awards at the 71st Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair competition held at Quinnipiac over the weekend. For high school students, this was a second chance to qualify to the prestigious 2019 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. In total, five of the seven Connecticut spots at Intel Fair went to Greenwich High students.

The Greenwich Catholic team will compete at the national level at the Broadcom MASTERS — Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars — later this year in Washington, D.C.

The annual statewide fair is open to all students in grades 7 to 12 who reside in Connecticut and Fishers Island or are enrolled in schools there. The fair seeks to attract students to careers in mathematics, science, and engineering as they develop critical-thinking and public-speaking skills.

In the life science category for middle-schoolers, a team from Greenwich Catholic School won the team competition: William Carragher, Ryan McIntire and Joseph Pizzurro. Their project, Breathe Better, measured the effect of plants on carbon dioxide levels in classrooms.

In the physical sciences for high-schoolers, Cynthia Chen of Greenwich High — who is headed to the 2019 Intel ISEF — was one of two top performers for her project, which developed a green nanotechnology that would make windows save more energy.

In the biotechnology category for high-schoolers, Melissa Woo of Greenwich High took first place — and also will head to 2019 Intel ISEF — for her project, in which she developed a smartphone application to diagnose skin melanoma.

The Greenwich Catholic School team of seventh-graders, with their Breathe Better project, also won first place for the seventh grade category of biotechnology.

After this weekend, Greenwich High Schooler Raina Jain has won first place in two statewide science fairs that qualify to ISEF. She developed an entryway for beehives that would kill off mites that are suspected of killing off millions of honey bees in America.

Jain and her fellow junior Hiba Hussain, who also performed well over the weekend, are two of 50 finalists in the Connecticut Technology Council’s 15th annual Women of Innovation awards program. The program celebrates women in STEM and gives them a network of other women in their respective fields.

Earlier this month, Brunswick middle-schoolers won first place at the Connecticut State Math Counts Championship, and the title of the best middle-school math team in the state, at the University of Hartford.

The mathletes of Brunswick are: Ajay Bagaria ’24, Glen Cahilly ’23, Thomas Ewald ’24, William Ewald ’23, Andrew Tu ’24 and Robert Ulmer ’24.

They will go to nationals in May.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com