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Way to Go! Syosset student's animated film wins national honors

Lawrence Hon, a student at Syosset High School,

Lawrence Hon, a student at Syosset High School, created an animated film about protecting the environment. Credit: Lifetouch

A Syosset High School student has accumulated achievements on the national stage that range from winning awards for a film he created about the importance of environmental awareness to being a finalist in the National Science Bee.

Lawrence Hon, a freshman, won awards in both the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the National PTA's Reflections Program for his animated film, "Nature Matters." He received a silver medal in this year's Scholastic Awards and an Award of Excellence in the middle school division's film production category in this year's Reflections Program.

His four-minute film, created using 3D software, was also selected by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to be displayed this past summer at The New School in Manhattan.

"During the pandemic, I started seeing news about wildfires in California and mass flooding, so I started thinking about the effects of climate change," Hon, 13, said of the inspiration for his film. "I decided to make the film to reflect on how we should really protect our world."

Hon's other achievements include being named one of six national finalists in last year's National Science Bee and earning a gold medal for his research paper on distribution curves in this year's Long Island Math Fair.

Hon is also a member of his school's track team and plays violin in the school’s orchestra.

— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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