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Whitman student wins University Women science award

“I couldn’t wait until I got to high school so I could take all the science classes I wanted,” said Whitman senior Laura Sharpe. “By the time I graduate I will have taken every science class Whitman offers.”

A passion for science is not surprising in this year’s winner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Annual Science Award. Sharpe joins an illustrious group of previous winners, including Rachel Carson, the biologist and writer whose book Silent Spring touched off a major controversy on the effects of pesticides in its day, and Barbara McClintock, the 1983 Nobel Laureate and Huntington resident who conducted research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

On hand to present Sharpe’s award was Doris Lessuck, representative of the AAUW. “Laura has distinguished herself as an outstanding student and embodies the qualities of her predecessors, many of whom excelled in the field of science,” Lessuck said.
Sharpe has had an especially busy year with her Advanced Placement science courses and extracurricular activities at Whitman. “I’ve enjoyed being a member of Mathletes and the Science Olympiad,” said Sharpe. “But I’ve also really enjoyed being part of Whitman’s Women's Chorus and choral groups.”

If her hard work at Whitman is any indicator, there is little question that Sharpe will succeed as a chemistry or environmental engineering major at Geneseo State College next fall. “Laura is one of those students who works hard and truly enjoys all of the sciences,” said Whitman Science Chairperson Warren Cohen. “This is an incredible opportunity for one of our students to become a member of the prestigious AAUW.”

In the photo above are Cohen, Sharpe, Lessuck, and James Polansky, principal of Walt Whitman High School.

Steve Bartholomew handles public relations for the district.

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