Lexington Students Take First Place At National Science Fair
Students from The Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights recently took first place in the High School Team Division at the prestigious 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Sergio Carrillo of Staten Island, Shyiann Baksh of Ozone Park and Gabriel Carino of The Bronx, won for their project: Lactase Pills: Rate of Dissolving Effect on Lactose Break Down. Each team member received a collegial award certificate, a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a share of the $500 first place award.
More than 50 deaf students from across the U.S. and Canada showed off their projects at the RIT fair held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York from March 25-27. The science fair, now in its fifth year, encourages students in grades six through 12 who are deaf or hard of hearing to become interested in technology, science, engineering and math.
“This award not just recognizes the work of these outstanding students, but it teaches them that deafness need not be a barrier to pursuing their dreams and realizing success in life,” Superintendent of the Lexington School for the Deaf Dr. Regina Carroll said. “We are so very proud of our students for their hard work at the RIT National Science Fair.”
Also participating from the Lexington School for the Deaf were Raymond Devarvez of Ozone Park and Tyler Horner of Fresh Meadows, who proudly presented their project called, Separating H2O.