Area high school students honored for GENIUS at SUNY Oswego

Students from Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, Central Square’s Paul V. Moore High School and Manlius Pebble Hill School were among competitors from around the globe taking home honors in the recently concluded third annual GENIUS Olympiad at SUNY Oswego.

2013 GENIUS Olympiad gold medalistsThe environmental science, art, writing and design competition held June 17 to 20 welcomed 330 high school students and 186 mentors from 44 countries and 30 states, according to the event’s founder and organizer, Dr. Fehmi Damkaci of SUNY Oswego.

Among Central New York finalists, two Manlius Pebble Hill School students won silver medals and special awards from sponsor SRC Inc. in the resource and energy category. Emerson Czerwinski Burkard of Jamesville won for “Application of Renewable Wind Energy to Improve Aircraft Efficiency.” Olivia Sheppard of Skaneateles won for “Alternative Energy: Using Nanotechnology to Transfer Energy Between Bioluminescent Firefly Proteins and Fluorescent Quantum Rods.”

Bronze medalists included Shaheed Blackmon of Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School for “The Struggle,” in the satirical illustration category, and Parker Wells of Central Square’s Paul V. Moore High School for “Solutions to the Pollution in Onondaga Lake” in the environmental quality category.

Honorable mention went to five Syracuse Academy of Science students for three projects: Alperen Sirin and Kaeden LaFrance for “Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Thiazolidinedione Compound Library” in the environmental quality category; Jackson Nguyen for “The Wrong Kind of Green” in the satirical illustration category; and Courtney Chavis and Jahni Hurt for “Destroy Build Destroy” in the short film category.

First-time sponsor National Grid presented the National Grid Sustainability Award to Connor Provost of Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut for his project, “A Study of Thermoelectric Effects and Their Application for Harvesting Energy from Dissipated Body Heat” in the resource and energy category.

“National Grid is thrilled to work with SUNY Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation on such a meaningful program that delivers a positive impact on the lives of students, their families, and educators alike,” said Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive of National Grid’s Central New York division. “National Grid looks to support programs like this to help inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, writers and designers and to look at innovative solutions for environmental sustainability. Congratulations to all the competitors in this year’s GENIUS Olympiad.”


PHOTO: Medalists celebrate—Gold medalists in the SUNY Oswego GENIUS Olympiad gather on stage June 20 at the Campus Center arena. The third annual high school environmental science, art, writing and design competition attracted 330 competitors and 186 mentors from 44 countries.


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(Posted: Jun 25, 2013)

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