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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Copiague Student Takes Home Top Prize in Town’s Earth Day Scholarship Contest

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Winners of annual Babylon Covantage EcoTech Scholarships unveiled; over $3,000 in funds awarded

Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez recently announced the winners of the 2017 Babylon Covantage EcoTech scholarships at the Town’s annual Earth Day Celebration, where 11th grader Brittany Faustin of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School was awarded the top prize of $1,000 in scholarship money. Brittany’s project examined the effectiveness of the antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles on the growth of Aspergillus niger, commonly known as black mold. She was commended by Deputy Supervisor Martinez, as well as other elected officials and representatives including Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, Councilman Tom Donnelly, Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, and Town Special Assistant Terence McSweeney. In addition, Deputy Supervisor Martinez presented a Special Recognition Award to Renee Locker, Science Department Chair at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, for overseeing the highest number of project submissions and highest percentage of winning projects.

The Babylon Covantage EcoTech scholarship contest is a public/private partnership between the Town and Covanta Energy, which operates the energy-from-waste facility in West Babylon. The program is designed to encourage students who are studying environmental science to explore areas related to renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas reduction, alternative building materials, or any other means to mitigate climate change and environmental degradation. This is the 10th consecutive year that these scholarships have been awarded.

The full list of winners for the 2017 Babylon Covantage EcoTech contest is as follows:

1st Place-$1,000: Brittany Faustin-Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
• “The Effectiveness of the Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles on the Growth of Aspergillus niger”
2nd Place-$625: Katherine Bencivenga, Abigail Erickson & Margaret Hoge-Babylon Jr./Sr. High School
• “Argyle Lake: Invasive vs. Native Trees”
2nd Place-$625: Brayan Pena & Osazuwa Eghafona-Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
• “The Systematic Investigation of the Wavelengths Reflected when Magnesium Aluminate Spinel is Doped with Various Metals”
4th Place-$250: Erhumwunse Eghafona-Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
• “The Effect of Rising and Falling Temperature on a Species of Treehopper”
4th Place-$250: Jade Dickenson & Sofie Wilson-Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
• “A Novel Investigation surrounding Geukensia demissa as a Probably Control Mechanism for the Invasive Species Phragmites australis”
6th Place-$125: Claudia Motley-Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
• “Cultural Orientation and its Effects on Secondary Education in Japanese and American Students”
6th Place-$125: Olivia Healy-Copiague Middle School
• “Which Material Insulates Heat the Best?”
6th Place-$125: Dylan Bedell-Copiague Middle School
• “How Can Drones Be Utilized to Monitor the Decaying Status of Coastal Erosion?:
6th Place-$125: DaVeyah Williams-Copiague Middle School
• “Could Nanosilver in Consumer Products Affect Pond Life?”
Honorable Mention-$50: Alia Naqvi-Robert Frost Middle School
• “Insulation Efficiency”
Honorable Mention-$50: Bryce Waszmer-Lindenhurst Middle School
• “I Need Clean Water Fast”
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