Top honors in state science competitions were taken recently by two Lincoln Park Academy students. Robert Bacchus, Jr., a senior at LPA, took first place in High School Medical Sciences, and received the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences (FJAS) Senior Scholarship; Haniyah Shareef, a LPA eighth grader, took first place in Middle School Environmental Sciences at the FJAS speaker competition.
Only 10 students were chosen in the state per research category for the competitive contest. Robert was also named a semifinalist in the Intel® Science Talent Search (Intel STS) in 2014, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition.
The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1936 as a non-profit organization. The Academy is the Florida Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the only organization in Florida that represents all disciplines of sciences.
The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. sponsors the Florida Junior Academy of Science to encourage young scientists, publishes the Florida Scientist, a quarterly journal distributed to its members and libraries worldwide, and sponsors an Annual Meeting to give members opportunity to present papers, honor their peers, and participate in multidisciplinary scientific exchanges.
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. It honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community.
From the nearly 1,800 who applied for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, only a select few – 40 truly exceptional high school seniors – were selected as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to present original research to judges, showcase their work, and compete for $630,000 in prizes.
On March 11, Intel announced the winners of the 2014 Intel STS at a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum. Eric Chen, 17, of San Diego, California, won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his research on potential new drugs to treat influenza.
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Lincoln Park Academy students are not just scientific, but also have a softer, compassionate side in everyday common caring for fellow children on the local level as Lincoln Park Academy student athletes delivered stuffed toys to children at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit as part of a Kare for Kids community service team project. Some student participants are Erin Gerlica, Jeffrey Gerlica and Kayla Andrade. The Kare for Kids team more than doubled its original goal of 75 by collecting more than 175 toys! Jeffrey Gerlica plans to continue with the Kare for Kids program so that he can help bring further joy to children in need.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) April 2014