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2 Plainview JFK Students Named Intel Semifinalists


Two Plainview JFK seniors have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

Sunny Zheng and James Shamul are among 300 students whose projects were recognized for the competition:

  • Zheng worked two summers at NYU-Poly in the BioCatalysis and BioProcessing of Macro-molecules:  His Lab director is Richard Gross, a Plainview parent and his direct mentor is, Stephen Spinella. His project title: "Cellulose Nanowhiskers: Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Incorporation in Epoxidized Polymers."
  • Shamul worked three summers at Stony Brook Biotechnology Program, including the lab of Dr. Valentina Schmidt, assisted by Jason Littman, a Plainview JFK graduate. His project title: "A Search for Novel MicroRNAs Triggering Liver Cancer Development."

"Congratulations to the entire research team and to the amazing 23 projects that were submitted," said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview's superintendent of schools. "It takes a great deal of effort to reach this zenith. I am enormously proud of our students, staff and administrators."

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