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Yorktown Student Honored by County Legislator

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- A Yorktown High School student was not only honored by the Westchester County Board of Legislators, but also had a day named after her throughout the county.

Priya Mohindra, a student in Yorktown's science research program, was most recently named as a regional finalist in the Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition.

County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), who represents the district where Mohindra's family resides, presented the student with a proclamation based on her achievements as a student scientist, and delcared December 13, 2011 to be Priya Mohnidra Day in Westchester.

“This remarkable student reminds us that the great innovations and discoveries of tomorrow will come from the young men and women who are being taught and inspired in our schools today,” Kaplowitz said. “We will be rooting for Priya in the Siemens competition, and look forward to seeing where her ingenuity, hard work and determination take her in life.”

Mohindra is the only student in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties to be named a regional Siemens finalist. In November, she presented her research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

“I essentially created a new strategy to target cancer,” she told the legislators before thanking “everyone in Westchester,” her parents, science research teacher at Yorktown High School and members of the radiology department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for help with her research.

In the hope of being able to detect cancer at cellular levels, she is working on utilizing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to create a database of various agents interacting with cells for faster diagnoses—which can potentially save lives.

The Siemens competition, administered annually by the College Board, awards college scholarships for high school students involved in original math, science and technological research projects.

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