W.T. Clarke HS Senior Named a Siemens Semifinalist

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Alby Joseph, the Class of 2017 valedictorian of W.T. Clarke High School has been recognized as a semifinalist in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. This program, sponsored by the Siemens Foundation, is considered to be the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.
    
“My heart was racing when I found out I was a semifinalist,” Joseph said. “I was receiving recognition for doing something that I loved, and all the hard work I had done had finally paid off.”
    
Joseph was among 498 semifinalists who were recognized from over 1,600 projects submitted nationally. During the summer entering his senior year, he interned in a laboratory at Stony Brook University, where he looked at a new way of treating pain by attacking a certain protein. After learning about the Siemens competition through the internship and receiving hearty support from his research teacher, Erika Rotolo, Joseph submitted his project, titled “Optimized Fatty Acid Binding Protein Inhibitors Investigating the Viability of a Novel Pain Relief Mechanism.”
    
“Alby is a wonderful student to teach and have in class,” said Ms. Rotolo. “I am incredibly proud of his accomplishment in the competition and know he will do great things.”
    
Aside from his love of science, Joseph has another passion — music. Playing the cello since he was a fourth-grader at Bowling Green Elementary School, he gained confidence by making music, being creative and using music as an outlet to unwind from the everyday pressures of school work, extracurricular activities and the anticipation of college. Additionally, he serves as president of the school’s Tri-M Music, Science and National honor societies. He is also a member of the Math Honor Society, the school newspaper, Mathletes, Science Olympiad, and has performed in the pit orchestra for the last three years in the school’s plays.
    
This September, Joseph was recognized as a semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are recognized with a selection index score based on their combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing.  
    
While in college, Joseph plans to study chemical engineering.
    
The East Meadow School District commends Joseph for achieving this honorable distinction and wishes him tremendous success as he finishes his senior year and pursues his interests in college.