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Strong Showing in Local and National Science Competitions

For the first time, a Packer student has achieved national recognition for her science research. Zoe R. ’20 placed third at the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), a competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force that promotes original research and experimentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Her research, presented in the Physics Poster Presentation category, resulted in a novel way to determine the range of particles in a data set. 

Zoe is only the second student to represent Packer as a JSHS national delegate. (The first was Alex Stutt ’16.) She placed first in the physics category in the semifinals round of the regional JSHS at York College in February, where Harrison R. ’20 and Claire F. ’20 also presented their research. Zoe advanced to the finals where she ranked fourth out of 12 finalists. This secured her a spot to represent the New York City Metro region at the JSHS national competition in Albuquerque, N.M. this month. 

“I am very thankful for the support from my research professor at NYU, Dr. David Grier, and my Packer Science Research teacher, Mr. Lutz Holzinger,” said Zoe. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the national competition, network with other scientists, and meet student researchers from all around the country.”


Leo P. ’20, Zachary R-L. ’20, Claire F. ’20, Harrison R. ’20, Zoe R. ’20, Josh W. ’19, and Luca C. ’19 all participated in the preliminary round of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). The high school research competition, sponsored by the New York City Department of Education and City University of New York, is the largest high school research competition in New York City. 

Josh, Leo, Zoe, and Luca advanced to the finals. (Josh was unable to attend.) Zoe won the Sarah and Morris Wiesenthal Foundation Award, which is given to engineering-related projects demonstrating excellence, and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, which is awarded to an excellent project by an Eleventh Grade student in computer science, engineering, physics, or chemistry. Leo won a first place award and Zoe and Luca both earned third place awards in their respective categories.  

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