Siemens science competition honors GHS senior for Ebola work

GREENWICH — Greenwich High School senior Olivia Hallisey was selected as a semifinalist in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology on Wednesday for her work on a rapid, low-cost and temperature-independent field test for Ebola.

Out of the more than 1600 projects submitted, 498 students were selected as semi-finalists.

Although Hallisey was not selected as a Siemens finalist, Hallisey has previously won the grand prize in the 2015 Google International Science Fair and was a first prize winner at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

“I’ve really always been interested in health care and global citizenry,” said Hallisey. “ I’m just trying to do my best to help.”

In January 2016, she appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to discuss her Ebola test and her Google Science Fair win. She also earned a spot on Time magazine’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015” list.

Currently, Hallisey is working on a scientific paper about her Ebola test. She said she hopes to be able to apply the same technology to tests for the Zika virus and Lyme disease.

Hallisey conducts her research in GHS teacher Andrew Bramante’s independent science research course.

Bramante said he was very proud of Hallisey’s recognition and the work of all his students who applied to the competition.

“We are all very proud of you!” he said.

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