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SFP's Intel Semifinalist Recognized by Local Elected Officials

Monday, February 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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Congresswomen Grace Meng (the first Asian American elected to Congress from the East Coast) visited us at St. Francis Prep on Friday, November 8th. She presented a commendation to Aishvarya Arora '13, who was the ONLY student in all Queens schools (both public and private) to be named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. (Grace's brother, Andy, graduated from Prep in 2003.) Congresswomen Meng was accompanied by New York State Senators Joseph P. Addabbo and Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew Hevisi, (28th District) and Assemblywomen, Nily Rozic, (25th District) and Yolanda Delacruz-Gallagher from the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association. Click here to view the photo gallery.



In a related story, Intel announced a new "digital badging” program to recognize the students who were not named as Semifinalists, but are worthy of recognition for producing and submitting exceptional work. Intel asserts that the concept of ‘digital badging” serves as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.  The following 10 St. Francis Prep students earned the Research Report Badge in recognition of their exceptionally well-written college-level report covering the research they submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search:


Gina Baglieri

Project: The Effects of Household Corrosive Chemicals on Pig Bone and Human Tissue

Mentor: Dr. Kristen Hartnett


Sal Cocchiaro

Project: Implications for Childhood Obesity: Addressing the True Motivation Behind Enrolling an Overweight or Obese Child in a Nutritional Program

Mentor: Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.


Caline Gin

Mentor: Dr. Charles Levinthal

Project: The Effects of Emotions and Message-Framing on the Decision Making Process.


Alexis Nicole Gaviola

Project: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Depression on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez


Brianna Dillon

Project: The Effectiveness of CIMT and Habit in the Rehabilitation of Children with Hemiplegic  Cerebral Palsy

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.


Kendra McCalla

Project: Determining the causes of injuries for diamondback terrapins in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Mentor: Dr. Russell Burke


Shaminy Manoranjithan

Project: The Effects of Bec-1 Tissue Specific Overexpression in Caenorhabditis Elegans

Mentor: Dr. Alicia Melendez


Michael Moravek

Project: The Effect of Air Pollution and Viral Infections on the development of Asthma Symptoms

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Perzanowski


Justin Reyes

Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tettelbach Ph.D.

Project: Predator-Prey Size Relationships and Rates of Predation of the Bay Scallop by Channeled Whelks. 


Rossella Scarpa

Project: Folic Acid Supplementation Up-Regulates Stress Response Proteins in Lymphoblastoid Cells. Implications in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Mentor: Dr. Mohammed Junaid



It’s worth noting that St. Francis Prep students have been selected as Intel semi-finalists in 10 consecutive years and in 12 of the past 15 years (including 2013).  Moreover, St. Francis Prep is the only Catholic high school in the nation that can make this claim.  This is a wonderful reflection on our students, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our outstanding Science Program. We are very proud of all of our students and we also congratulate our Science Research faculty advisors Mary Ann Spicijaric (Science Department Chair), Jim Boylan, and Megan Sullivan.  We would like to add a special note of thanks to Liz Prohaska, Jane Lynch and Eric Hafker of our English department who helped edit the seniors' Intel papers, and the entire Prep community for their encouragement, support and contributions to our students intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth.