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Students Showcase Research During High School Symposium

Student scientists and their families from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District gathered in Oyster Bay High School’s library on June 6 for Oyster Bay High School’s 2022 Science Research Symposium. The event was hosted by Dr. Janna Ostroff, K-12 supervisor of science and technology for instruction, and science research teacher Stephen Acquaro.  

During the evening event, students from Oyster Bay High School’s Advanced Placement Science Research program presented their interesting independent research projects. Presenters included seniors Kevin Biggiani, Jonah Gluck, Rachel Singer and Bridget Zahradnik and junior Christian Quintana. Mr. Acquaro also shared senior John Vespe’s project in his absence. After presenting their research topic, hypothesis, research methods and results, the students took questions from the audience. 

Dr. Ostroff thanked the science research students and expressed her appreciation and gratitude for Mr. Acquaro and science research teaching assistant Rebecca Glavan. Both have been instrumental parts of the science research program.   

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni was welcomed to the podium where he applauded the science research students on their hard work. He also spoke to the incoming eighth graders in the audience who are considering joining the science research program.   

“Alone we can only do so much but when we work together, work with great scientists, great leaders and great students, you can be inspired and challenged every single day,” Dr. Ianni told the students.  

Following the presentation part of the ceremony, the AP Science Research students, along with ninth grade Introduction to Research students and seventh grade science fair winners, presented their posterboards to family, friends and staff members. Attendees were able to ask questions about each student’s research and learn something new. 

The event was a great way to showcase the hard work and talents of the aspiring scientists from Oyster Bay High School.