Half Hollow Hills Student Selected For National Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

Cassandra Ye Is One Of Only Five Delegates Chosen From Long Island

DIX HILLS, NY, March 12, 2018 – The Half Hollow Hills Central School District is proud to announce that High School East sophomore Tong ‘Cassandra’ Ye has been selected as a delegate for the 56th National Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). She is one of only five delegates that were chosen from Long Island to travel to the event which will take place in Hunt Valley, MD, from May 2-5, 2018.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is a tri-service – U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force – sponsored STEM competition which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.

“I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to meet people who have similar research interests as me,” said Ye. “I hope to continue my research throughout my junior and senior year.”

Her project suggests the existence of a stress-response pathway in an aquatic plant, which could be used to alleviate the harmful effects of heavy metal pollutants on plants. Heavy metal pollutants are especially dangerous to aquatic plants because they can be found in sunscreen lotions used by many people at beaches.

Ye first advanced to the regional level by invitation after an initial review of all submitted projects. She presented her work along with over 100 other student researchers invited from Long Island. She was one of 11 finalists that was invited to present on Feb. 24th at the Regional Finals.

“We are so incredibly proud that Cassandra was selected as a top 5 delegate to represent our region at the national symposium,” said Dr. Michael Lake, the academic research director at Half Hollow Hills.

Continuing a history of excellence in academic research at Half Hollow Hills, Ye is the third student from the district to advance to the prestigious national JSHS event in the last ten years.

By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.


An education-oriented community with high academic expectations, the Half Hollow Hills Central School District is located in a residential area of 50,000 people in the central part of Long Island, approximately 40 miles from New York City. Providing for the education of more than 8,000 students, the school district has five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Half Hollow Hills High Schools are fully accredited by the New York State Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The District is committed to providing students opportunities to excel in academics, athletics and the arts.

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