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Yorktown High School Boasts Two Siemens Semifinalists

James WoMa, left, and Andrew Amini were recognized by the National Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
James WoMa, left, and Andrew Amini were recognized by the National Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown High School students James WoMa and Andrew Amini, members of the Science Research Program, were recently recognized by the National Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for their multiyear research projects.

The students were two of only seven recognized in Westchester County. The only other high school with two semifinalists was Pelham. There were 466 semifinalists nationwide.

The teachers of the Yorktown Science Research Program, Michael Blueglass, Rachel Koenigstein and Dominic Guazzo, said they were very proud of the students' dedication to research and noted that Yorktown has been successful in this competition for more than a decade.

“This has been an amazing year,” Blueglass said, noting that there have been a range of creative projects from the more than 60 students within the Yorktown Science Research Program.

The teachers said they were excited that these two student projects, which are focused on finding medical advancements and innovations to improve the quality of life for those with specific medical conditions, have gotten national recognition.

WoMa’s project is to identify trends with current patients who required a pacemaker in order to determine if future patients are appropriate recipients. WoMa was also recently named the high school salutatorian.

Amini’s project is to find a method that would better predict when someone with epilepsy might have a seizure, which would afford the patient fewer daily restrictions.

The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The competition is one of the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.

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