Long Island students took two of the top three awards in a prestigious international science fair this month.
Albert Kim, 18, a senior at Manhasset High School, and Raymond Yin, 17, a senior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, both won a Grand Award in the seventh annual International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad, also known as I-SWEEEP.
As victors, the two teens each received a $1,500 check.
This year's competition, which took place from April 28 to May 4 in Houston, drew 385 projects from nearly 70 countries. Finalists were selected to compete after winning at state or national science fairs.
"This is one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me," Kim said.
Kim's project, which won in I-SWEEEP's environment category, proposed a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease using the HTB-11 human neuroblastoma cell line by demonstrating the potential effects of an environmental toxin called 4-nonylphenol. He also was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to present at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar in September.
Yin's project, which won in I-SWEEEP's energy category, explored the creation of a membrane that can be used to dehydrate ethanol -- thereby "significantly increasing" the ability to produce ethanol in a less expensive way, he said.
I-SWEEEP was organized by Harmony Public Schools, a group of 40 college preparatory charter schools in Texas.
A team from The Green Vale School was ranked this spring among the top 100 teams nationwide in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
The ranking, among more than 700 squads participating, qualified the Old Brookville school's team to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
This year's contest challenged students to design and build a rocket that would climb to 825 feet and stay aloft for between 48 and 50 seconds, using two same-sized parachutes as a recovery device. Two eggs had to be transported and returned to the ground unbroken.
The annual contest was sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.
The Green Vale School is an independent school for early childhood through middle school ages.
Show choir competition
Uniondale High School's show choir -- Rhythm of the Knight -- placed sixth nationally last month at the 2014 FAME Show Choir National Competition in Chicago.
The 46-member show choir, accompanied by a nine-member jazz band, was the only New York group from among about two dozen ensembles from schools across the country.
The show choir's performance consisted of song and dance routines based upon the 1988 movie "Coming to America." Uniondale senior Kenyo Baly won the event's Best Male Vocalist Award.
To reach the national level, the show choir placed third in a regional contest in Manhattan.
Eight Nassau County teenagers were among 20 statewide to receive a 2014 Achievement Award in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English.
The awards are intended to encourage high school students in their writing and publicly recognize some of the nation's best young writers.
The local winners are Struan Coleman of Friends Academy in Locust Valley, Emily Gold of Great Neck North High School, Elaine He of Syosset High School, Taylor Kang of Jericho High School, Grace Lee of Manhasset High School, Casey Li and Jay Zussman of Great Neck South High School, and Jaime Marvin of Wellington C. Mepham High School in North Bellmore.
Twelve Long Island students are among about 1,000 high-school seniors nationwide winning corporate-sponsored scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Some of these scholarships provide a single payment of between $2,500 and $5,000, while others are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that can reach $10,000 a year.
The local winners are: Greta Huang of Commack High School, Bernadette Haig of Herricks High School, Evan Komorowski of Rocky Point High School, Bryan Wehner of Smithtown High School West, Donald Mathews of St. Anthony's High School in Melville; Austin Chen of Syosset High School; Patrick Zakrzewski of Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, and Charlotte Broadbent, Luran He, Harrison Li, Raymond Yin and Jennifer Zhong of Ward Melville High School in East Setauket.