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Four from Schreiber named to I-SWEEEP
Congratulations to Paul D. Schreiber High School senior Robert Konoff and sophomores Emma Klein, Melissa Pittard and Dhiya Sani, who have all qualified as finalists for the International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad to be held in Houston, Texas in May.
Robert’s research project achieves record solar cell efficiency by combining the effects of photon upconversion and increasing concentration. He worked under the supervision of science research teacher Tina Gallagher. Emma, Melissa, and Dhiya collaborated on a project that addresses the effects of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycerin on skin irritation with an in-vitro skin substrate. They worked under the supervision of research teacher John Schineller.
For the past 10 years, I-SWEEEP! has inspired students to develop projects to help preserve Earth's resources and create a sustainable planet for everyone. Each year the competition brings together hundreds of the brightest STEM-focused students from approximately 70 countries in a fun and collaborative environment. “Just a couple of months ago, we celebrated six Schreiber students who are prizewinning scholars in the Regeneron science competition and earlier in the fall we recognized three others who were semifinalists in Siemen’s Science Talent Search, so it’s no surprise that a new group of students are being honored,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “These students may one day be responsible for a breakthrough discovery and right now they are giving us reason to believe that the future of our world is very bright.”
Photo A: Schreiber sophomores (L-R) Emma Klein, Dhiya Sani and Melissa Pittard are congratulated by Principal Ira Pernick (left) and science research teacher John Schineller for being named finalists in I-SWEEP!
Photo B: Schreiber senior Robert Konoff is congratulated by Schreiber Principal Ira Pernick and science research teacher Tina Gallagher for being named a finalist in I-SWEEP!