Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray recognized the accomplishments of 11 students from the town at the February 7th board meeting. The students are semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.
“We have such an extraordinary amount of talent in the Town of Hempstead and these students exemplify the best and brightest,” said Murray. “The high level of research they did is extraordinary.”
The Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is often considered the “Junior Nobel Prize” and is America’s oldest (since 1942) and most prestigious pre-college science competition. The Intel competitors are considered the next generation of scientists and engineers. Intel STS finalists were selected based on their research ability, scientific originality, creative thinking and ability to apply science to the world around them. New York had more semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search than any other state, 105 among 300 young people from across the United States named semifinalists. Long Island captured 61 semifinalist slots and 11 of those students are from the Town of Hempstead.
In addition to honoring the students themselves, Murray recognized the 7 schools from which the champions hail. John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore had three semifinalists; General Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown and Oceanside High School both had two semifinalists; and George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, and Valley Stream South High School in Valley Stream each had one semifinalist.
The semifinalists each received $1,000 in recognition of their scientific achievements. The schools where the semifinalists attend will also receive $1,000 per semifinalist. The Supervisor also commended the teachers and parents of the students for their contributions to the success of all 11 students.
“The Town of Hempstead is very proud of these elite students,” said Murray. “I would like to congratulate the students, their families and schools for this outstanding achievement. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”