Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Lincoln Park Academy Senior Haniya Shareef has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the 40 finalists will receive at least $25,000 in awards, and selection from the pool of highly qualified entrants was based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.

 

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, focuses on identifying the next generation of scientists and engineers who will provide critical leadership in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges while shaping the future of research and development for our nation and the world.

 

Shareef will go to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. She will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share their projects with the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. While in D.C., this year’s finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in top awards. The top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000 for the first-place winner. Winners will be announced at a formal awards gala at the National Building Museum on March 14.

 

“The recognition alone says it all, said Henry Sanabria, Shareef’s principal.  “Being selected as one of the top 40 finalists is a direct result of Haniya’s hard work, dedication and passion for research.  Haniya has always demonstrated her love for science since she was in middle school.  Since sixth grade, she always excelled in Science Fair, which quite honestly, prepared her for opportunities such as this through middle school and high school. This is a true testament of her devotion to scientific research and helping to make the world a better place through her work.”

 

“The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and their projects address some of the most urgent challenges we face as a society. Our world has no greater or more important resource than these bright young minds,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and Science Talent Search winner (1976). “I have deep respect and appreciation for each student who conducted extensive scientific research and completed a Regeneron Science Talent Search application. I look forward to what the finalists will achieve, as they add to the list of world-changing accomplishments started by Science Talent Search alumni before them. It is my honor to congratulate and support these inspiring young people today.”

 

“This year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are some of the best and brightest young scientists and mathematicians in our country,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “Their projects demonstrate the remarkable power of scientific curiosity, commitment and the desire to make the world a better place. We are eager to see how they shape the future of STEM in our country and impact people all across the globe.”

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states.

 

Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.

 

Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population.

 

For a list of this year’s finalists, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts-2018-finalists.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Lincoln Park Academy Senior Haniya Shareef has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the 40 finalists will receive at least $25,000 in awards, and selection from the pool of highly qualified entrants was based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.

 

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, focuses on identifying the next generation of scientists and engineers who will provide critical leadership in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges while shaping the future of research and development for our nation and the world.

 

Shareef will go to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. She will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share their projects with the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. While in D.C., this year’s finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in top awards. The top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000 for the first-place winner. Winners will be announced at a formal awards gala at the National Building Museum on March 14.

 

“The recognition alone says it all, said Henry Sanabria, Shareef’s principal.  “Being selected as one of the top 40 finalists is a direct result of Haniya’s hard work, dedication and passion for research.  Haniya has always demonstrated her love for science since she was in middle school.  Since sixth grade, she always excelled in Science Fair, which quite honestly, prepared her for opportunities such as this through middle school and high school. This is a true testament of her devotion to scientific research and helping to make the world a better place through her work.”

 

“The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and their projects address some of the most urgent challenges we face as a society. Our world has no greater or more important resource than these bright young minds,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and Science Talent Search winner (1976). “I have deep respect and appreciation for each student who conducted extensive scientific research and completed a Regeneron Science Talent Search application. I look forward to what the finalists will achieve, as they add to the list of world-changing accomplishments started by Science Talent Search alumni before them. It is my honor to congratulate and support these inspiring young people today.”

 

“This year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are some of the best and brightest young scientists and mathematicians in our country,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “Their projects demonstrate the remarkable power of scientific curiosity, commitment and the desire to make the world a better place. We are eager to see how they shape the future of STEM in our country and impact people all across the globe.”

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states.

 

Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.

 

Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population.

 

For a list of this year’s finalists, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts-2018-finalists.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org

Featured Artist Thomas H. Lewis

Featured Artist Thomas H. Lewis

Tallahassee-based artist Thomas H. Lewis aims to create one-of-a-kind colorful, detailed, complex and exciting works of stained glass art that capture and translate images in a manner that reflects the reality, emotion and true nature of the subject being presented.

Lewis has worked in the medium of stained glass for more than 23 years. His concentration has been in perfecting the copper foil technique, which allows the subject to be translated onto glass in realistic detail. The objective in all of Lewis’ work is to achieve a detailed realistic presentation of the subject; be it humans, flowers and plants, animals or birds.

Lewis was selected to present his work in juried shows beginning in 1998. In 2012 “The Queen and Her Baby” and “Hold Me Forever” were accepted for inclusion in the Fourth Annual PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition sponsored by the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at Florida A&M University. His work “The Queen and Her Baby” was selected as the “Best in Show.”

Lewis was commissioned by Anheuser-Busch Corporation to complete three pieces for the corporate officers of Essence Communications. These three stained glass panels were presented at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana to Susan Taylor, Senior Vice President of Essence Communications, Edward Lewis, Publisher of Essence Magazine and CEO of Essence Communications and Clarence Smith, President of Essence Communications. These works are in the private collections of the recipients and on public display in the corporate offices of Essence Communications in New York City.

In 2002, Lewis was commissioned by the Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs Art in State Buildings Program to design, create and install the signature work of art for the entrance lobby of the South Walton County Health Department in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The twelve-foot long, four-panel piece of work is titled “The Estuary on the Emerald Coast.” It is a detailed four-panel copper foil stained glass presentation of the water, sky, plants, animals, birds and aquatic life indigenous to Walton County, Florida.

In the spring of 2002, Lewis was selected as the featured artist in the FLA-VOUR Magazine. A quarterly statewide publication that captures Black Florida life and style.

In 2007 and again in 2011, Lewis was selected to present in the City of Tallahassee’s Town Show. The Town Show is a juried selection and his piece “Yellow Sundress” was selected a favorite of the show. In 2011, his work “Hold Me Forever” was selected a favorite of the show and was featured in the 2011 City of Tallahassee’s art show at the Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts.

Lewis is a graduate of Kentucky State University with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics and he received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. Following a 43-year career in community development, urban revitalization and education at the local, state and federal government level, Lewis retired in 2012 as the Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Tallahassee.

STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

St. Lucie Public Schools seventh graders don’t just talk about perceived problems in the community, they seek solutions and find ways to put their plans into action in this year’s Project Citizen Showcase.

 

Distinguished judges from area municipalities, research centers, and community organizations will speak to students about their projects and discern award status.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at IRSC’s Kight Center on the Fort Pierce campus from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

 

Kate Ems, coordinator for this event, explains that seventh grade students work to identify a problem in their community, research public policy, contemplate solutions to the problem, and create an action plan.  She said, “This is an outstanding opportunity for students to learn to work collaboratively and learn about government through a new lens.  It gives them great perspective on how they can be contributing members of society and change-makers.”

 

The top three projects will be placed on display in the State Capitol Building with other seventh grade projects from across Florida to be viewed by State Representatives.  Of these projects, a select number will then compete for state-level accolades.