Croton-Harmon Student Recognized At National Science Event

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From left, Max Diamond of Croton-Harmon, Donald Orokos, co-director of the Upstate NY JSHS, Adam Illowsky of Ossining, Jason Rosenberg of Blind Brook High, Stephanie Ding of Byram Hills and Alexis Scott.
From left, Max Diamond of Croton-Harmon, Donald Orokos, co-director of the Upstate NY JSHS, Adam Illowsky of Ossining, Jason Rosenberg of Blind Brook High, Stephanie Ding of Byram Hills and Alexis Scott. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Croton-Harmon High School Maxim Sokol Diamond was recognized as an alternate winner at the 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held April 23-27, in Washington, D.C.

Diamond was invited to the national event with four other high school students who had excelled at the Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held March 10-11 at the University at Albany.

Diamond's entry was in the Physical Sciences category and was titled “A Novel Device for Crowd-Sourced Road Quality Monitoring.”

The winning entry at the national event was submitted by Adam Illowsky of Ossining High School in the Medicine and Health category was: “The MAPT HI Haplotype is Associated with Increased Clinical and Neuropathological Severity of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.”

The $12,000 undergraduate tuition scholarship for the top prize comes in addition to the $2,000 scholarship he had earned for his winning research project displayed at the Upstate event.

The National JSHS had 240 finalists present their research in oral and poster presentations in seven competition categories: life sciences, environmental science, medicine and health, mathematics and computer science, physical science, chemistry, and engineering.

Other Westchester students who had entries featured the national symposium included:

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology: Jason Rosenberg, Blind Brook High School (Rye Brook), on the topic, "An In Silico Model to Describe the Localized Dendritic Transport of β-Actin mRNA.” Rosenberg placed 2nd at the Upstate NY JSHS and received a $1,500 scholarship.

Behavioral Sciences: Stephanie Ding, Byram Hills High School (Armonk), on the topic, "Relative vs. Absolute Orientation Judgments: A Re-evaluation of Some Neural Decoding Models.” Ding placed 3rd and received a $1,000 scholarship at the Upstate NY JSHS.

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