RWA high school students win competitive award at NYCSEF

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High school juniors Oluwapelumi (Pelumi) Oloyedewere and Jahneal Francis were honored to come in second place last week in the extremely competitive Earth and Environmental Science category of the NYC Science and Engineering Fair. 

Both students are Juniors at Scholars Academy High School and worked on the study last summer through the RWA Environmentor Program. 

The Environmentor Program, is a science research mentoring program that provides high school sophomores and juniors paid internships to participate in an intensive, year-long environmental science program and to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of field scientists from local colleges and scientific institutions. Environmentor is part of the Pinkerton Science Scholars and AMNH Science Research Mentoring Consortium.

The students focused on enterococci levels (fecal contamination) in sediment and water from Jamaica Bay and Rockaway's beaches. RWA partnered the students with Brooklyn College mentor Dr. Jessica Joyner to oversee their research.

RWA would like to thank the Pinkerton Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the People's United Community Foundation, and the AMNH Science Consortium for their support of the Environmentor Program. Their support has enabled high school students like Pelumi and Jahneal 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.