Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

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.

22 Responses to “Biographies”

  1. maricate c Says:

    Maricate Conlon is a senior at Newtown High School where she is enrolled in the Honors Applied Science Research course taught by Mr. Frank LaBanca. Last year she conducted research on the bioremediation of wastewater and contaminated soil with the use of chitin. Her work was selected as the CT finalist to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Competition, held in Atlanta in June 2006. This year her research focus is the bacterial degradation of PCBs in the Housatonic River. Maricate is a member of the National Honor Society, and the student chairperson of Lead Out Loud! Teen Leadership Conference. She is also a nationally ranked competitive swimmer for the Wilton Wahoo National Team. Maricate will attend Lafayette College in the fall of 2007 where she intends to pursue studies in environmental geosciences and engineering.

  2. Grant Kurtz Says:

    Grant Kurtz is a sophmore at Newtown High School where he is currently doing a applied science research project involving the enhancement of image recognition software for security purposes. Grant didn’t start this way however. At first he was doing a projcent of the effects of plasma radiation from the sun on the ionosphere. However, after seeing that his real passion was in the infinitiy of the virtual world that is the computer and not space, he went to do the project he is working on now. Grant didn’t know much programming, so a majority of the project is learning Java, and then applying that knowledge to enhance image recognition software.

  3. allison c Says:

    Allison Conley is a senior at Newtown High School. She is pursuing a career in marine sciences and will attend Stony Brook University in the fall. Allison was certified for Scuba when she was eleven and continues to dive on shipwrecks in the Atlantic. She was the only girl on the Connecticut Barnacles, a competitive under water hockey team. During her sophomore year Allison attended Project Oceanology. This science and environmental program was based around the preservation of the sound at Avery Point in Groton. Her project involves studying invasive species and was encouraged by her passion for the ocean and Long Island Sound.

  4. scott r Says:

    Scott Regnery is a senior at Newtown High School. He has pursued his love of the outdoors in an Applied Science Research Class. Here he is hoping to find out more about the famous native North American Salvelinus fontinalis (brook trout). He considers it the best fresh water fish to catch and believes it is a fish worth perserving for future generations. Along with the outdoors he enjoys playing sports. His senior league basketball team the East Coast Killas, are favored to win the park and recreation title this year.

  5. Wesley H. Says:

    Wesley Hood, a Junior at Newtown high school and member of it’s swim team. Wesley has swum year round since the age of eleven and uses his understanding of swimming and its techniques to give swim lessons during the summer. He has joined the applied science research class due to his interest in science and the lack of science courses provided in high school. Having completed all the required courses Wesley turned to this class to further his studies. Wesley prefers physics over other areas of science because he enjoys them as much as he is adept at them. Upon graduation Wesley aspires to get a degree in electrical and software engineering so that he may become a robotics engineering.

  6. drew t. Says:

    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 a golf instructor as well as Southington Mountain as a snowboard instructor. Drew is also Vice President of student council and a president of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. Last year he won the Science Horizons Regional Science Fair, which gave him a bid into the CT Science Fair where 4 students joined him to go to the International Science and Engineering Fair. There Drew competed against people from 50 different states and over 45 different countries.

  7. Crystal Y Says:

    Crystal Young is a senior at Newtown High School where she is currently involved in Applied Science Research and is trying to prove that the underwater camera (splashcam) is a more efficient way of search and rescue efforts. Crystal has recently been accepted to UConn hoping to receive a bachelors degree in biology and then go to medical school. Currently, Crystal is volunteering with the Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue team as well as Southbury Ambulance Association.

  8. Alex Albritton Says:

    Alex Albritton is currently a senior at Newtown high school. He is on the swim team and has been for three years. Alex has been interested in science since an early age. He first joined the Applied Science research program last year. He has continued with it this year to further explore his skills as a researcher. Alex hopes to continue to do research at the college level and to maybe pursue a career in the field. Alex is currently working on a project to study the effects of a genetic bottleneck on a population of Drosophila melanogaster.

  9. jason h Says:

    Jason Howell went to Saint Rose kindergarten through fourth grade, but moved to public schools in fifth grade and now is a freshman at Newtown High School. Jason is currently taking an Applied Science Research class. He is trying to see whether or not one-way glass could be a possible way to reduce or eliminate headlights from a car from blinding drivers. He plans to replace windshields with one-way glass in the hope that it will reflect the light from headlights away from a drivers eyes. Jason likes to swim, ski, and play basketball, he also likes math and science. He did not always like science but his interests greatly grew for the subject during seventh and eighth grade. In eighth grade his science teacher recommended him to take the Applied Science Research course, so he did. Jason hopes to continue learning about science.

  10. Ivan Says:

    Ivan Virovets is a Junior at Newtown High School, and is part of the Applied Science Research class. He is currently doing research on a potential treatment for cancer, based around causing a reduction in tumor size using ultrafast high voltage pulses in the range of tens of kilovolts. He is interested in electronics in general, and modifies and builds them in his free time. He is planning to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering.

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