Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Who are you as a student and a scientist? 

Post a biography here for our symposium program book. Please note: I will NOT correct spelling errors – be sure to edit your work.
Samples below:

Alex Albritton is a junior at Newtown High School. His passions in life are science reading and swimming. Alex’s favorite subject in science is biology and he is especially interested in viruses. He is currently working of a project involving bacteriophages. His love of reading is what actually led him to his interest in biology and viruses. He became interested in viruses when he read an extremely interesting book called the Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This book painted a very real and terrifying image about some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. Alex also enjoys swimming and is on the Newton High Schools boy’s swim team.

Maricate Conlon is a junior at Newtown High School. She joined the applied science research course to further her interests in environmental and biological sciences. She competitively swims year-round and is a part of the girls’ varsity swim team. She is also involved in clubs at school; she is a member of the Guidance Honors Association and is her student class council secretary. In the future, she plans to pursue a degree in biological or environmental areas of study.

Drew Taylor is a junior at Newtown High School. He plays on the varsity soccer and golf team. He works at Rock Ridge Country Club as well as Southington Mountain as a snowboard instructor. He took Applied Science research to further his interests in ecology and the Long Island Sound. Drew is also Vice President of student council and a member of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is presently looking to apply to the Air Force Academy, where he wants to become a pilot.

Ivan Virovets is a sophomore at NHS. He joined Applied Research class due to his interest in physical and biological sciences, which started many years ago, at least the physical part, when he discovered plans for a tesla coil on the Internet and built one. From then on he loved high voltage, and then with the high school science program, also developed an interest in microbiology.


25 Responses to “Biographies”

  1. Stephanie V. Says:

    Stephanie Vitka is a sophomore at Oxford High School. Her interest in engineering led her to sign up for the applied science research class. From this she has designed and created her own magnetic generator. She wishes to major in mechanical engineering at Penn State or West Point. Stephanie is also on the cross country team, wrestling team, and track team and trains year round.

  2. Amy P. Says:

    Amy Persson is currently a junior at Oxford High, she became a part of the Applied Science Research class this year as a way to further her interests in science. Amy is on the cross-country and indoor/outdoor track teams; as well as being an active member in student council. Amy will continue her lifelong aspiration of becoming a doctor and studying medicine by attending college with a biology focused major.

  3. Emily S Says:

    Emily Seibert is a senior at Oxford High School with the intention of pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and musical theatre. She joined the Applied Science Research Class to experience a classroom setting where she could choose to independently study a topic of her choice. As an avid dancer, she decided to take her passion of dance and incorporate her project around it. Blisters are a common dancer’s injury, and she therefore decided to work toward an effective remedy for treatment. In addition to her many extracurricular activies, Emily is also the Vice President of the National Honor Society and the Class of 2010.

  4. Alicja Z Says:

    Alicja Zajkowski is a senior at Oxford High School with ambitions to become a physician assistant. She has always expressed an interest in medicine. Her favorite topic in medicine is pediatrics. Her passion for pediatrics was what led to the development of her project. However, she expresses in many other areas of science, which fueled her to join the Applied Science Research class so that she may broaden her knowledge in the sciences, and develop skills that will help her in college.

  5. Charles W Says:

    Charles Widmer is a junior at Oxford High School. He plays on the Junior Varsity Volleyball Team as well as recreational basketball for two different leagues. His personal interests include both those in theater and music in general. On the side, he plays the guitar as well as sings. His interests in science were first sparked freshman year when he met his mentor and teacher Dr. Frank LaBanca. He and a few friends joined a research club in which they proceeded to compete in a science fair. This club was run by Dr. LaBanca who instilled an interest in the sciences within him. Since then, Charles has taken the Applied Science Research class up until this point, wishing to further his step into the science world as well as his own personal knowledge of the sciences. His future goal is to possibly major in Chemistry as well as to experience the Intel ISEF one day.

  6. Kathleen M Says:

    Kathleen Mifflin is a junior at Oxford High School. This year, she participated in the Applied Research class and explored one of her favorite topics in biology, genetics, through her search for a certain genetic modification in rice. Her favorite classes are Chemistry and English. After graduating high school, she intends to pursue a career in engineering. Outside of academics, Kathleen enjoys participating in track,
    volleyball, and chorus. She also belongs to various school clubs such as the National Honor Society, Student Council, and FBLA.

  7. Dan S. Says:

    Dan Spicer is a senior at Oxford High School. He plays varsity football and volleyball while working for Dunkin Donuts and Maggie McFly’s. He is the first senior class president at OHS and is an active member of the school’s National Honor Society. Dan joined the Applied Science Research class to further explore the human body’s tendons from a close-up perspective. Following high school Dan plans on furthering his interests even more by studying biomedical engineering at the collegiate level.

  8. Joe G Says:

    Joe Greco is a sophomore at Oxford High School. He is an active member in the school system by participating in school sports year round. Joe plays football in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and finally outdoor track in the spring. He decided to join the Applied Science Research class in order to expand his scientific knowledge in a specific area. Joe is looking going to college for a sports related career such as orthopedics, or sports medicine.

  9. Tyler W. Says:

    Tyler Williams is a Junior at Oxford High School. He has practically been in love with computers for as long as he can remember. For the past two years he has taken the Applied Research class in order to further his skills with computers and as a scientist. He plans on studying Computer Science and Network Engineering in college in order to one day land a job as a System Administrator. Aside from his scientific interests, he is an avid theatre enthusiast, and enjoys the little things in life.

  10. David T. Says:

    David Truax is a Junior at Oxford High School. Video games and the video gaming industry have been his main interests for the majority of his lifetime. He joined Applied Research for the opportunity to work with gaming before going to college. His plans for college are to study Game Art and eventually Game Design. He wishes to eventually become a Game Artist after school.

  11. David S. Says:

    David Samuelman is a junior at Oxford High School. His passions in life consist of golf, football, and science. He took applied science research program to further his knowledge in all fields of science. As a result of this his project involves many fields including Biology and Chemistry. His future plans in life consist of going to college and pursuing a job in the medical field.

  12. Joe B Says:

    Joe Bonavita is a junior at Oxford High School. He is passionate about science, and culinary and one day hopes to open his own restaurant. He has been working in Applied Science Research since freshman year as a club and is now taking the class during his junior year. He is currently working on a two-step arsenic water filter that remediates the levels of aresnic in drinking water to safe consumption levels. He hopes one day he could use this filter in the real world and install it in areas that have high levels of arsenic in the water but they could not afford the current filters out today.

  13. Brian B. Says:

    Brian Baker is a sophomore at Oxford High School. He moved to Oxford when he was eleven years old and since then has loved working with numbers. He would like to become an architect and hopefully will be able to attend the University of Vermont so he can be near some mountains and continue doing one of the other things he loves, snowboarding. He also enjoys playing soccer and plays for the OHS soccer team. This is his first year in the Applied Science Research class with Dr. LaBanca and so far has enjoyed it. He decided on his project because he knew there would be some equations involved in it, and numbers are his strong point.

  14. Jared S. Says:

    Jared Schulman is a sophomore at Oxford High School. He joined the Applied Research class at OHS to further deepen his understanding in the field of genetics, which he is very interested in, and based this year’s project on. Jared is an all year competitor in the sport of wrestling, as well as a holder of the varsity 145 weight class spot during the school’s wrestling season. In addition, he is a member of Oxford High School’s boy’s soccer team. He is the treasurer of the sophomore class representatives and a life scout, very close to attaining the rank of eagle, in Boyscout Troop 65 Oxford/Seymour. In the future, Jared plans to pursue a productive career in the culinary, liberal arts, or medical sciences field.

  15. Skyler W Says:

    Skyler Werner is a sophomore at Oxford High School. She has taken the Applied Science Research course this year to further her knowledge in astrophysics, and intends to pursue her interest by majoring in physics following high school. Aside from academics, Skyler participates in many activities in hopes of a potential scholarship. She actively competes in swimming and cross country teams year round, and enjoys taking part in independent races such as triathlons and road races.

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