NHS Student Earns 1st Place with High Honors at NYS Science Congress

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Northport High School student Vivienne Cierski earned highest honors at the junior division Long Island Science Congress last month. As a result, she was chosen to compete in the New York State Science Congress held June 11 at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse, NY. This is the premier NYS science research competition and Vivienne’s science research project entitled, ‘The Impact of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes onGlycine maxGrowth & Health’ earned her one of only two first place, highest honor awards in the junior division! 

Vivienne’s research hypothesized that increasing concentration of environmentally-friendly carbon nanotubes in soybean plants would support overall growth and health. In the Northport High School greenhouse, Vivienne measured plant height daily and monitored plant health by using a leaf spectrometer to assess greenness and chlorophyll content. Results seek to inform the agricultural community of potential benefits of multi-walled carbon nanotubes. 

Chairperson of Science and Technology David Storch noted Vivienne’s “phenomenal result” and noted that the Northport High School science research program “continues to thrive as our students work in collaboration with content specialists and coordinators supporting advanced experimentation in the life and physical sciences!”