Alex Devarajan HHH Student Named Intel Semifinalist

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The Half Hollow Hills Central School District is very proud to announce Alex Devarajan, a senior at High School East, was one of

Intel Semi Finalist Alex Devarajan

Intel Semi Finalist Alex Devarajan

only 300 students nationwide to be recognized as a Semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2014. The Intel Science Talent Search is one of the nation’s most prestigious science competitions. High school seniors from all over the country typically spend months, or even years, researching the latest in cutting-edge science and technology.

Alex spent two summers working at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (North Shore – LIJ) with Dr. Kevin Tracey’s group. Alex was awarded for his Biochemistry topic titled, “Ethyl Pyruvate Attenuates Systemic Inflammation via Inhibition of Inflammasome Activation”.

“This accomplishment is truly remarkable and the Half Hollow Hills community could not be more proud of Alex,” commented Mrs. Kelly Fallon, Superintendent of Schools. “Dr. Michael Lake and the district’s research program are to be commended for their on-going focus on and commitment to STEM education.”

Each of the 300 semifinalists will receive a $1000 scholarship and the opportunity to be selected as one of the 40 Intel Finalists on January 22nd. All 40 finalists are awarded at least $7500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to present their research to some of the country’s top scientists and compete for the top ten awards.

Dr. Michael Lake coordinates the Half Hollow Hills Research program. The district has produced a total of 15 Intel Semifinalists over the last seven years. Alex joins this distinguished list.

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