photos by Brenda Lentsch (click on photos to enlarge)
On February 9th, Commack High School science research seniors David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney were honored by Suffolk County Legislators Kennedy and Trotta. Both students have distinguished themselves in science. Earlier this year David and Mehtaab each received $1,000 awards as semi-finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Competition.
Both David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney recently competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) which is an Intel feeder fair for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. This year six hundred students from Long Island competed in LISEF’s Round 1 with 151 students selected to move on to Round 2. At LISEF students present to professionals in their subject areas from local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their corresponding subject areas.
Both were selected to move on to round two. David LI – A Multi-Dimensional Implementation of the Named Data Networking Paradigm for Embedded Systems and Mehtaab Singh Sawhney – A Study of Bar and Arc k-Visibility Graphs.
David will attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend March 31 to April 3 in Atlanta. He has won a $5,000/year ($20,000 total over 4 years) merit-based scholarship. David is one of 150 Scholars selected from 87,000 applicants this year. The Scholars Weekend in Atlanta is the award ceremony.
The Commack School District acknowledged the people who worked with the students issuing the following statement, “Kudos to the amazing science research team who mentored these talented students: Mr. Richard Kurtz, Dr. Lorraine Solomon, Ms. Jeanette Collette, Ms. Andrea Beatty, Dr. Daniel Kramer, and Ms. Christina Pawlowski. Thank you also to our community members Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger for their countless volunteer hours helping our students with their projects and competition preparation.”
Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger reside in Commack and have worked with students from the Commack SD for more than 7 years. When asked about their commitment to Commack students the Krugers responded, “We are both thrilled to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over our lifetimes to work with Commack High School students as Volunteer Science Research Mentors. We help the students in the science research program and they teach us! Helping guide such promising students restores confidence in the world’s future.”
On February 11th, at a special breakfast honoring Science Research Teacher Richard Kurtz and Intel Semifinalists Mehtaab Sawhney and David Li. Each student received an Intel certificate and Richard Kurtz was recognized as a Teacher of Merit.