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CHS Regeneron ScholarsWe are proud to announce that two of our Commack High School students, Daniel Lee and Anoop Singh, are among 300 high school seniors named as scholars (semifinalists) in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search. Daniel and Anoop’s projects were chosen from 1,818 applicants from high schools across the nation, Puerto Rico, and internationally. The competition is sponsored by the Society for Science & The Public, formerly sponsored by Intel.  

Anoop’s project is titled, “A Multilinear Approach to Forecasting the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).” Anoop’s work combines nonlinear, chaotic and linear modelling approaches in four climate systems to accurately predict the ENSO phenomenon. Understanding ENSO is a critical resource in the effort to deal with climate change, and his efficient procedure could potentially be used to predict all ENSO seasons up to one year in advance.

Daniel’s project is titled, “Sensor Network-based Wind Field Estimation using Deep Learning.” Forecasting of solar irradiance is significant for planning the operations of power plants which convert renewable energies into electricity. Daniel’s study focuses on improving short-term irradiance predictions by utilizing wind field information that commonly includes wind speed and direction. He developed a robust sensor network-based prediction model which takes into account various factors such as topology of sensor placement, wind speeds, cloud cover moving rates, and the number of irradiance sensors deployed.

“We are extremely proud of these two young men and our team of educators,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donald James. “It takes a colossal amount of dedication, effort, and time to complete the research and prepare their projects for such a rigorous competition. These young science researchers are shaping the future.”     

Each scholar receives a $2,000 cash prize, and the high school will also receive an equal amount. Forty finalists will be announced on January 23, and those students will go on to compete in Washington, D.C. in March for prizes ranging from $25,00 to $250,000.  
In photo, Anoop and Daniel are congratulated by the Commack High School Science Research Team and administrators.  From left to right in photo: Dr. Donald James, Superintendent; Dr. Alison Offerman-Celentano, Director of Science; Richard Kurtz, Anoop, Jeanette Collette, Daniel, Dr. Lorraine Solomon, Andrea Beatty, Daniel Kramer, and Leslie Boritz, Principal.
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