SHS' Rachel Joseph Wins Prestigious Regeneron Prize
For the fourth year in a row, a Somers High School student has been named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search competition. Senior Rachel Joseph is one of 300 students selected as an STS Scholar by the nation's oldest science and math competition for high school seniors.
Joseph's environmental engineering research project, which explores ways to make wastewater treatment more energy efficient, was one of 1,964 entries in the competition. Her research wasn't the only accomplishment that caught the eye of the contest judges.
"One of the reasons this contest is unique," says Science Research teacher Bill Maelia, "Is that it takes into account not only the research, but the whole child. They look at transcripts, test scores, extracurriculars. They're searching for well-rounded scientific minds - the STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] minds of tomorrow."
As part of her award, Joseph won $2,000 for herself, and for Somers High School. Congratulations Rachel!