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Editorial: LI's young scientists

Nevin Daniel, a Ward Melville High School senior

Nevin Daniel, a Ward Melville High School senior

Long Island high school students once again are stars in the Siemens national competition to find the most talented math and science students, an achievement that reflects well on the excellent network here of teachers, mentors and leading research facilities.

Congratulations to Nevin Daniel of East Setauket, who came in second in the individual competition, and Nikhil Mehandru and Sonya Prasad of Roslyn, who placed fourth in the team contest. Their many hours of anti-cancer research at Stony Brook University laboratories, fueled by personal passions to find cures to the illnesses that have hit those close to them, is inspiring.

While such recognition is limited to just a few, we hope their contributions represent the outstanding science and math education that should be taking place at all of our schools. That's what will be needed to maintain a sizable and well-educated workforce to draw the top science and technology firms that are key to our economic growth.

The cost of living here is high, but so is the quality of our lifestyle, our schools and our institutions, both academic and cultural. Sometimes, it's nice to stop for a moment and appreciate it all. hN


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