Clarke MS students qualify for LISC State Competition


Three teams comprised of eight W.T. Clarke Middle School eighth-graders have qualified to compete in the state competition of the Long Island Science Congress, Junior Division, to be held in Buffalo on June 4.

Sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the Long Island Science Congress exhibits the science projects of middle, junior high and senior high school students in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Projects encompass the fields of behavioral science, biology, chemistry, earth, energy, space, ecology and physics.    

To qualify for states, the East Meadow teams conducted original research in chemistry and ecology, along with a three-month experiment. They presented their research at the Long Island Science Congress, Junior Division, held at Saint Anthony’s High School on April 12. The regional competition required them to deliver an eight-minute presentation on their experiments, followed by a Q&A session.   

Sherin Davis and Deeti Patel placed first in chemistry with their experiment, “What is the Effect of Varied Acidic Fertilizers on the Metal Intake of the Filter?” Placing second in the same section were Mark McMahon, Ankit Sayed and June Yeup Seong with their project, “What is the Effect of Temperature on the Efficiency of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell?” Arianna Fracchioni, Ana Pinto and Fardeena Yousuf placed first in ecology with their research project, “What is the Effect of Filter Type on the Hardness and Clarity of Contaminated Water?”

The district wishes all three teams the best of luck as they compete in the state competition.