Two Locust Valley High School students advanced to round two in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). Anastasia Cassisi and Emily Schlicht, students from Mr. Hoppner’s Independent Science Research Program were chosen from more than 600 students who presented 425 projects.  

Their project was entitled, “On Site Monitoring of Dissolved Oxygen and Nitrogen to Assess Effects of the Invasive Species, Trapas Natans (Water Chestnut) on a Local Pond.”

Fourteen Locust Valley students presented individual and group projects at the fair, which was sponsored by the Society for Science and the Public.  Students were judged by local professors, doctors, and scientific academia on the planning, execution, and results of their experiments.  The top 30 percent were then selected to move on to round two, which will be held in late March at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Anastasia and Emily’s project contained data and results which were collected and analyzed using techniques learned the previous summer when they worked with Mr. Hoppner and Friends of the Bay, under the direction of the organization’s Director, Patricia Aiken.

The girls will now be in the running to win an all-expenses-paid trip to ISEF 2012, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

Congratulations to Anastasia and Emily, as well as to all of the students who participated, and their teacher Mr. Hoppner.