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Science Research Students Win Contest

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Hampton Bays High School sophomores Lily Simpson Heavey and Kristina Georges have been awarded $1,000 for the winning video presentation they created as part of Northwell Health’s Spark Challenge.

The two science research students were challenged to create a video presentation of their poster submission after the original in-person presentation that had been scheduled was canceled due to COVID-19. Their project began on Jan. 13, when they, along with their classmates, shadowed medical professionals at Peconic Bay Medical Center as part of the Spark Challenge. Taking the information from that experience, they collaborated virtually to present, through video, an informative poster about lab technologists — the career that they chose to highlight after the shadowing experience.

“The event was for students to shadow medical professionals and choose a career that was most influential to them,” said science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg. “This was quite forthcoming of our students, since a lab technologist is someone who could run COVID-19 swab/test samples using microbiology techniques — a crucial job in our current pandemic.”