Five Seconds to First Place at State Science Congress

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School student Giselle Rasquinha, who took home Highest Honors at the New York State Science Congress Junior Division at the University of Buffalo, sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State. This followed her first-place award for the same project in the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology at the Long Island Science Congress last month.

Giselle’s project “The 5 Second Rule” explored the validity of the old adage, if you drop food on the floor it’s safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds. Giselle tested different foods after being dropped on different surfaces, recording the amount of bacteria in each culture. She then developed a survey from her results, which she administered to eighth graders. Giselle won $300 and $500 at the Long Island and state competitions, respectively. 

Teacher Linda Stollow coached and mentored Giselle. Six other South Woods students won High Honor or Honors awards at the L.I. Congress under Stollow’s tutelage: Jade Maracic, Sachi Sethi, Michele Shleimovich, Alexa Trapani, Emma Van Dorn and Lara Weinberg.
During the State Science Congress, students present their research to judges, community observers and other students in a lecture format. They are selected based on their presentations at various regional competitions, such as the L.I. Science Congress.