Teachers and students participate in annual Schreiber Research Fair

Luca Barbosa and Derek Livingston

On Tuesday, March 5 the students in social science, math, and science research all gathered for a fair in order to present their various areas of study.  The fair enabled Schreiber students from various grades to display their knowledge in their given fields. 

For each research concentration, different seniors helped oversee the event. The fair lasted the entire school day, and the involved students were excused from their classes to present and judge the projects. 

For science research, seniors Emma Levin, Dhiya Sani, and Emma Klein were mainly in charge of organizing the fair and the various activities during the day.

Due to the fact that the judges were viewing the projects before the upcoming national and state competitions, students were able to get feedback on their projects before the chaos of competition season begins.

“Some projects that really stood out include one that had to do with making bread, one where the social hierarchy of crayfish was studied, and the first place winner, which addressed a natural method of dealing with invasive plants,” said senior Jacob Keller.

Although the fair serves a variety of functions, it generally is done in order to give sophomores competition experience in a constructive and familiar environment, while the juniors are given the chance to display their new projects.

For math research, seniors Joe Melkonian and Kushal Upadhyay helped direct the fair.  First place math research student winners include Jeannie Ren, Zach Hay, and Noah Loewy. 

In second place for math research was Phoebe Christake, Ben Helman, Ashley O’Neil, and Rajen Parekh.  Following closely behind included third place winners David Gold, Ryan Kesler, Julia Muratore, and Nate Senders.  Lastly, students who were awarded honorable mention included Tiffany Guo, Kayla Hill, Daniel Ruskin, Dylan Schor, Maansi Shroff, and Jeffrey Sung. 

This year also changed things up from previous years, as social science students in their junior year happened to be competing in the fair for the first time, which was facilitated by senior Dalia Bercow.

Jaime Levin won first place with junior Nikki Stern taking second, and Sally Hirschwerk following close behind with an honorable mention.  Ava Fasciano also was given a shoutout as her project won the most applicable to future studies award.

“I think the competition was really beneficial for younger students; they’re able to take judge’s corrective criticism to better their individual areas of study, as well as improve for later competitions,” said senior Nick Kapoor.

Although Schreiber Fair had specific rankings for each research concentration, it also had overall winners.  First place for the entire fair was given to junior Max Goldman, and second place was awarded to juniors Adam Salzman and Eric Epstein.  Meanwhile, Charlie Dash, Dan Hart, Abby Hurt, and Lokesh Vasanthakumar were all in third place.

Students who were given the title of “highest honors” included Lindsey Feinstein, Madeline Competello, Isaac Goldstein, Aidan Spizz, Trey McDermott, and Katie Winter. 

Honors were also given to Cheryl Chang, Micah Golan, Sami Gibbons, Shira Freilich, Samantha Radinsky, Aminya Suwannatat, and Hope Lane.

“The event was really organized, and I feel like even the older students who were judging got a lot out of the fair,” said senior Megan Day.

Many students and teachers alike who were involved in the fair believes it was a success, and the overall consensus from research students was a positive one. Many of those who presented their projects in front of the judges also commented that after this fair, they feel as though they will be able to enter future competitions with greater confidence, knowledge, and experience.