6 GHS students win scholarships in national science talent search

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GREENWICH — Six Greenwich High School students were recognized for their outstanding scientific abilities by the Regeneron Science Talent Search this week.

Seniors Olivia Hallisey, Ethan Novek, Sanju Sathish, Derek Woo, Devyn Zaminski, and Madeleine Zhou were among the 300 “scholars” honored by Regeneron, chosen from more than 1,800 applicants from around the country and from American schools abroad. They will each be awarded $2,000 in prize money from Regeneron.

The Regeneron competition, formerly known as the Intel Science Talent Search, is a competition for high school seniors that have completed an independent science research project prior to the fall of their senior year. Applicants submit their academic records, various essays, recommendations from teachers and mentors, as well as a 20-page research paper on their science project.

Caitlin Sullivan, the director of Outreach and Equity Programs with the Society for Science & the Public, who helps coordinate the Regeneron Science Talent Search, said the judgment process was “holistic.”

“The evaluators are looking for passionate individuals who are exceptional scientists,” she said. “All of the scholars are students that are well-prepared for a future in science.”

On Jan. 24, Renegeron will choose 40 finalists from among the 300 scholars. The finalists will receive additional awards and travel to Washington D.C. to compete for the grand prize: a $250,000 scholarship to cover all expenses for a student to attend a private, four-year college.

Over the past ten years, 18 Greenwich High students have been selected as scholars in the science competition. Two GHS students were chosen as finalists in the competition during that time.