Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

On January 30, 2021, twenty-three HGHS seniors participated virtually in the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Due to constraints presented by the pandemic, this year’s competition was only open to senior speaker presentations, with 340 students from Westchester and Rockland counties participating.

Each student presented a 12-minute, uninterrupted PowerPoint to a panel of judges who are scientists or connected with a scientific or medical profession, followed by a Q&A period.


Riley Card - 3rd place - Medicine and Health
The Effect of Age on Speech Perception in Background Noise with Processed and Spectrally-Reduced Signals

Karinna Cvijanovich - 3rd place - Biology 
Fecal glucocorticoid fluctuation and compatibility among Canis lupus

Jonathan Zhou - 3rd place - Physical Science
Methanol Disproportionation to Formaldehyde on VO+ Modified Reduced Rutile TiO2

Riley, Karinna and Jonathan have advanced to complete as speakers in the Upstate New York JSHS Competition being held virtually and hosted by SUNY Albany on March 10-11, and pending the results, they may be invited to Nationals.


Ryan Guber - 2nd place - Math, Engineering and Technology
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Virus & COVID-19 Breath-Borne Biomarkers Using a DNA-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Sensor Array: A Breath-Based COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

Keegan Li - 2nd place - Physical Science
The Effect of Surface Area Between Hammer Throwing Shoes and Ground on Hammer Throw Progression

Anna Paskowitz - 2nd place - Medicine and Health
High Intensity Prolonged Endurance Activity Correlation to Abnormal Cardiac Strain as Measured by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

Zoya Yan - 1st place - Behavior
The Role of Cognitive Control Mechanisms in Overcoming Event Boundaries in Episodic Memory Formation



Kaitlin Blakeslee - PPS Maculopathy: Retinal Toxicity Associated with Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium

Anna Callaghan - The Significance of Mindful Eating for Patients Suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease that have Discontinued their Proton Pump Inhibitors

Skylar Choi - Improvement of Renewable Bioenergy Production in Microbial Fuel Cells with Saponin Supplementation

Raphael Coffino - The Effect of the Ketogenic Diet on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Health

Anna Hallac - Using Time Lag Cross Correlations and Real Power Differences as Possible Metrics for Solar Power Forecasting

Jason Kang - The Effect of ARM210 on Calstabin-2 levels in various ex vivo SARS-CoV-2 infected brain tissues

Saranda Lulgjuraj - The Effect of The COVID-19 Pandemic Related Quarantine on Sleep

Eleanor Lynch - The Effect of Prenatal Betamethasone Exposure on Postnatal Behavior of Rats in Elevated Plus Maze

Sumer Moudgill - Removal of Power Line Noise in LIGO Data

Monica Rosu - Exploring the Encoding of Increasing Differentials of Error Parameters in Purkinje Cell Discharge

Lori Saxena - Circadian Process in Prostate Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes

Mia Scott - Nuclear condensates and cytoplasmic filaments of murine Mx1

Daniel Seong - Fitting a Logistic Model on Positive Cases of Various States in the United States

Noa Souccar - DeepFake Video Detection Using Eulerian Video Magnification

Katharine Wohl - PTSD Participants Demonstrate More Volatile Responses to Conditioned Stimuli During Fear Conditioning

Young Zheng - The Use of Cost Efficient Voronoi Diagrams Graphics Algorithms in Generating 2-Dimensional Virtual Worlds

Thank you to all the teachers and parents who have devoted their time to listen to them present and act as judges and volunteer for these competitions.