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Fox Lane Students Present to School Board

BEDFORD, N.Y.— The Board of Education meeting for Bedford  schools had a scientific flavor on Wednesday, as the Fox Lane Science Research program displayed a short summary of their hard work while describing the motivation behind it.

The three-year program includes students who are heavily invested in the field of scientific inquiry. Those who make it through the program present an original research project, “centered on authentic laboratory or field experiences provided by a professional scientist mentor in a field chosen by the student,” the program’s website explains.

On Wednesday, Jessica Pucila, Camille Swersky, Charlotte Herber, Camille Curry, Matthew Bruck, Giuliette Pfeiffer and Kurt Wasserman promoted their research, which the board took in with great enthusiasm and interest. The program, guided by Erin Rent, the scientific research teacher at Fox Lane, and science department coordinator Stacy Haynsworth, had given the students a way to flesh out their heartfelt passions.

“My work in NYU also allows me to network and acquire skills that will set me on the path towards becoming a doctor in the future,” said Swersky. “We would be at a severe disadvantage without it, because one of the best parts is the networking capability.”

The students were able to find mentors after defining a scientific field that interested them, and then delved deeply into the subject manner. Once they chose an area of inquiry, the school helped them locate a mentor who is a professional in the field and who was willing to guide them toward their final project.

For Pucila, a senior at Fox Lane who studied bioluminescence in single cell marine organisms, it was the aspiration of making a good first collegiate impression that made her truly value her time spent.

“It helped me having a professional experience; I feel more prepared for college now,” she said. “It really helped a ton with time management because I was balancing the time for that, an internship at the maritime aquarium, and schoolwork.”

Her father, Frank, agreed, as the time given to the program was one that helped prepare her for the rigorous academic expectations she faces when she starts Skidmore next fall.

“She’s just tremendously well rounded, she’s self sufficient, her time management  skills are great, her social life is great, along with scholastic aptitude,” he said. “We’re tremendously proud, and the program has been very valuable.”

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