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Way to Go! Levittown student excels in math and science

Summer Looney, a senior at General Douglas MacArthur

Summer Looney, a senior at General Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, was presented with the Rensselaer Medal Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. .. Credit: Levittown School District

A Levittown student's efforts are adding up to success in the fields of math and science.

Summer Looney, a senior at MacArthur High School, has had accomplishments ranging from being published in an academic journal to winning "Best Overall Science Paper" at the 2020 Island Youth Summit. The paper, which she wrote with Oceanside High school graduate Matthew Friedman, explored conservation awareness and support among residents of the Town of Hempstead.

Most recently, Looney received the Rensselaer Medal Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in recognition of her math and science excellence. The award comes with a scholarship of $30,000 annually for four years if she enrolls at the institute.

"Since middle school, I've always been involved in science research," Looney, 17, said. "Following specific steps to get to the answer, it just makes sense to me."

Looney's other achievements include placing third in the Nassau Community College Science Fair and having her conservation-themed paper published in the Middle State Geographer, the academic journal of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers.

She is also co-president of her school's Science Olympiad Club and a member of the soccer and track and field teams, and the National, Math and World Language honor societies. In addition, she has volunteered at her school district's Marine Biology Camp.

— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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