Two Copiague students named Siemens semifinalists

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For the first time in Copiague School District history, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Sofie Wilson and Jade Dickenson were named semifinalists in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Wilson and Dickenson were selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects. Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science chairperson Renee Locker and science teacher Tracy Wenzler, John Borghardt of Bergen Point Waste Water facility, and Joshua Perry of the South Shore Nature Center were among those who mentored the students on their project “A novel investigation surrounding Geukensia demissa as a probable control mechanism for the invasive species Phragmites australis.”

“This is an amazing accomplishment for our district and for the community,” Locker said. “It really is a testament to the passion, hard work and dedication of these students and we are so proud of this honor.”

Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology and is recognized by colleges and universities as the premier math and science research competition in the United States. More than $600,000 in college scholarships is awarded to students annually through the Siemens Competition during regional and national events administered by Discovery Education.