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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ON EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION IN INTEL SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH

 

         Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Sanford H. Calhoun High School Senior Emma McNamara on being chosen as a national semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.


         “Emma has earned an incredible honor and achieved something of which she should be very proud. After dedicating so much of her time, energy, and effort to her research project, she has earned a place among a very elite group of young men and women. I congratulate Emma on this remarkable achievement, which I am sure is only the first of many more to come,” said Senator Fuschillo.


         Participants from all across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands compete in the talent search, considered the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Emma is one of only 300 semifinalists chosen from entries nationwide.


         Senator Fuschillo presented Emma with a copy of a legislative resolution which was recently passed by the Senate in honor of her accomplishment. With the passage of this resolution, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, Emma’s name and achievement will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record.


         Senator Fuschillo (right center) is pictured as he congratulates Emma McNamara (left center) on being named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. They are joined by (l-r) Teacher Nick Pappas, Science Department Chairperson Rochelle Battersby, Teacher Jennifer Pefanis, and Assistant Principal Nicole Hollings.


    Text of the Legislative Resolution:


    Senate Resolution No. 287

    BY: Senator FUSCHILLO       


    CONGRATULATING Emma McNamara of Sanford H. Calhoun
            High  School  upon  the  occasion  of  being named a
            semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search

      WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend and pay
    tribute  to  those  who,  by  achieving  outstanding  success  in  their
    educational and scientific endeavors, have inspired and brought pride to
    our majestic Empire State; and

      WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
    the  dedication  and  commitment  of  our  young  people who distinguish
    themselves through excellence in science competition; and

      WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  its
    long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
    congratulate Emma McNamara of Sanford H. Calhoun High  School  upon  the
    occasion  of being named a semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent
    Search; and

      WHEREAS, Once known  as  the  Westinghouse  competition,  the  Intel
    Science  Talent  Search  is the oldest of its type in the nation, and is
    the country's most prestigious science scholarship competition; and

      WHEREAS, For more than 60 years, the Intel Science Talent Search has
    recognized and rewarded the country's top young science students; and

      WHEREAS, Over the years, this competition has gained  broad  acclaim
    in  the  academic  and  scientific  communities;  educators, scientists,
    engineers  and   journalists   throughout   the   United   States   have
    enthusiastically supported this annual event; and

      WHEREAS,  Six  former  Intel  Science Talent Search competitors have
    gone on to win the prestigious Nobel Prize; and

      WHEREAS, The Intel Science Talent Search was  created  to  encourage
    high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional ability in science, math
    and engineering through individual research projects; and

      WHEREAS,  Colleges  and universities regard the Intel Science Talent
    Search semifinalist award  to  be  evidence  of  exceptional  scientific
    promise; and

      WHEREAS,  Emma  McNamara, a senior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School
    in Merrick, New York, was recently named a semifinalist  in  the  annual
    Intel  Science  Talent Search which awards scholarships to recognize the
    outstanding science research of high school seniors; and

      WHEREAS, Emma McNamara's 2013 Intel Science  Talent  Search  project
    was  entitled,  "Female Dominance Hierarchies as a Predictor of Relative
    Canine Size Dimorphism in the Macaca Genus"; her research aimed to  link
    levels  of  canine  dimorphism  within  a  specific type of behaviorally
    diverse monkey called macaques; and

      WHEREAS, Emma McNamara's results indicated that there is a  positive
    correlation  between the degree of intolerance in female hierarchies and
    levels of canine dimorphism; this is likely due to the fact  that,  when
    females are more intolerant, the selective pressures lay more heavily on
    females  than  males;  by  confirming  this  correlation,  the selective
    factors for a key evolutionary question have become clearer; and

      WHEREAS, It is appropriate to celebrate and applaud  the  individual
    accomplishments of remarkable students in this great Empire State; and

      WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate Emma
    McNamara of Sanford H. Calhoun High School  upon  the  occasion  of  her
    designation  as  a semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search,
    and  for  her  noteworthy  educational  and  scientific  endeavors   and
    achievements;   her   outstanding   performance   has   clearly  made  a
    contribution to the spirit of excellence which is  a  tradition  of  her
    school and community; now, therefore, be it

      RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
    congratulate Emma McNamara of Sanford H. Calhoun High  School  upon  the
    occasion  of being named a semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent
    Search; and be it further

      RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
    transmitted to Emma McNamara.