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Five Yorktown High Students Excel at Science Fair

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Five Yorktown High School students recently participated in the world's largest international pre-college science competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Priya Mohindra made YHS Science Research program history by earning awards totaling $14,000 for her research and presentation on "Novel Strategies for the PET Imaging of Colorectal Cancer Using the A33 Antibody."

Mohindra received a second place award in biochemistry valued at $1,500 and special honors including the AVASC (Chetty Foundation) award valued at $500, the China Association for Science & Technology award valued at $3,000, the Army Research award valued at $1,000 and Navy Research award valued at $8,000.

Laura Anderson won $1,000 for her third place award in behavioral science for her research and presentation on "The Effect of Group Therapy on Communication in Aphasia."

Meanwhile, brother and sister Frank and Lily Cao teamed up to research and present "Paracellular transport of various solutes through an in vitro blood-brain barrier," while Kathleen Mavrommatis researched and presented "Examining the Social Cognizance of Rett Syndrome Patients Using Eye Gaze Technology."

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in grades nine through 12 and encompasses more than 1,500 high school students from approximately 70 countries, regions and territories.

All students in the YHS Science Research program will present their research at a year-end symposium May 31 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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