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Lakeland Teens Finish on Top With Science Projects

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Three students from the Lakeland School District science research program placed in the top five in a science and humanities symposium and will now participate in another engineering and science research fair.

The students, Elizabeth Sillcocks and Tanay Bhandarkar of Walter Panas, with Lakeland senior Michael Perrone received awards in the 11th annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in February.

Sillcocks, a junior, presented her research project titled "Is Nutritional Education in Schools Causing an Increase in the Rate of Children Diagnosed with Eating Disorders?" and secured third place. Bhandarkar presented "Dark Matter Detection in Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies" for third place. Perrone, a senior, presented "Improved Physical Modeling: A Nonlinear Model Alternative to Compute-Intensive Absorbing Boundary Conditions" and took fifth place.

According to the school, the symposium challenges students and engages them in science, technology and engineering. The students present the results of their own original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

Students in the Lakeland District Science Research students will now participate in the Westchester Engineering and Science Fair (WESEF) on March 10.

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