RWA student receives prestigious science awards at the NYC Science & Engineering Fair

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RWA high school student Andriana Lamendola was honored with both the Environmental Quest Award and the Sarah & Morris Wiesenthal Award at the NYC Science & Engineering Fair last week. 

Andriana is a Junior at Scholars Academy High School and worked on the study last summer with partner student Adriana Chandler through the RWA Environmentor Program. 

Adriana Chandler is presently a Senior at Forest Hills High School and was recently accepted at Cornell University where she will continue her studies in Environmental Science in the fall. 

Environmentor is a year long science research mentoring program at RWA that partners high students with colleges and scientific institutions to take part in science internships. Environmentor is part of the Pinkerton Science Scholars and AMNH Science Research Mentoring Consortium.

Both students established this study on their own to use oysters to determine the amount of microplastics in Jamaica Bay. RWA partnered the students with Brooklyn College mentor Dr. Brett Branco to oversee their research. The students have continued their work with Brooklyn College this year collecting data and research on their study.

RWA would like to thank the Pinkerton Foundation and the AMNH Science Consortium for their support of the Environmentor Program. Their support has enabled high school students like Andriana and Adriana to work directly with science researchers and professionals along the Rockaway shoreline, using our natural resources as an educational benefit for young people to gain experience in fields of science. 

Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

In 2007, Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends college. Hear more about Jadel's story.