LVHS Team Takes Top Honors at LI Science Congress

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Three LVHS scientist received High Honors Awards at the 62nd Annual Long Island Science Congress Awards. The team of Jaime Jaget, Hope Craig, and Emma Gugerty received the award for their work in Science Research. 

To qualify for this honor, their presentation needed to receive a score of at least 95 percent and their actual scores are not divulged. This award puts the Locust Valley students in the top five percent of all projects entered in Science Congress across Long Island, and earned Locust Valley High School an Outstanding Participation Award for the fourth year in a row. The girls’ presentation was one of more than 600 entries by823 students from 73 high schools across Long Island.

This award is given to schools which have student research projects which are deemed the “Best of the Best” in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Jaime, Hope and Emma carried out their research at Stony Brook Universities’ School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences under the direction of Professor Demian Chapman and Shannon O’Leary.  Their research, which was titled“Bimini Bay Resort: Should We Stay or Should We Go- Assessing Lemon Shark Dietary Habits as a Result of Anthropogenic Habitat Changes,” examined the stomach contents of 50 Lemon Sharks from Bimini, (in the Bahamas) using DNA techniques.  By identifying the diet of the Lemon Sharks, they were able to track movement in the mangroves resulting from the construction of a large vacation resort.

Congratulations to our fine young scientists!