Nobel Laureates & Envirothon Three-Peat Lead Awards News
Ever have lunch with a few Nobel Laureates? Junior Wyatt Horan
has returned from doing just that thanks to a question he submitted as he represented Wheeler with his science research at the Intel ISEF conference in Pittsburgh. Horan was one of only 20 students selected for the special Nobel Laureate luncheon. Read more below about his rare opportunity. Congratulations are also due to 5 Wheeler students who earned the RI Envirothon Championship
for the third consecutive year. Props go to Priyankar Dasgupta, Bobby Gaines, Eric Esposito, Peter Satterthwaite and Alex Saccone.
More on their honor below as well. Need more Awards news such as the list of Language Awardees? Check out the ever-growing list on the Awards web page.Wyatt Horan '13
Representing Rhode Island and The Wheeler School, Wyatt Horan ’13 attended Intel ISEF 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA during the week of May 14th. Wyatt was one of 20 students selected to participate in a special luncheon with this year’s panel of 8 Nobel Laureates. Wyatt took home a Grand Award (Fourth Place) in the category of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also won a Special Award Prize from Florida Institute of Technology. Accompanying Wyatt were former Wheeler biology teacher, Sharon Tatulli Kreamer, who supported and mentored Wyatt’s research during the past 3 years and Wheeler Aerie teacher, alum Paul Fathallah '02. Wyatt plans to continue his research on biochemical pathways involving oxidation and insulin production in pancreatic beta cells in Type I diabetes.
Intel ISEF is the premier global science pre-college competition. Each year 1,400 young scientists from over 70 countries are selected from 480 affiliate science fairs to showcase their groundbreaking work and independent research. The 5-day fair is an opportunity for curious and passionate students to come together in order to share and expand ideas and avenues of inquiry. Judged on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects, students compete for over $4 million in awards and prizes. Students also attend symposia and numerous special events.
2012 Annual Rhode Island Envirothon Competition
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Wheeler Alumni Parent '07) presented at the Awards Ceremony for the Rhode Island Envirothon, Inc. at its annual competition on Friday, May 18, at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, RI. This one-day event marked the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work by high school students from around the State who competed in teams of five to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually. For 2012, the environmental issue was the “Low Impact Development and Nonpoint Pollution.” Six high schools participated in the competition with a total of 12 teams. The high schools included The Blackstone Academy, Coventry High School, The Greene School, Narragansett High School, Scituate High School, and The Wheeler School.
The winning team ranking in first place was from The Wheeler School which will represent Rhode Island in the Canon North American Envirothon which will take place in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on July 22-27, 2012. Teams from Narragansett High School and Coventry High School ranked second and third, respectively, in the competition.
Envirothon is an environmental education program available to high school students where they take classes and participate in workshops on subjects including aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use. The mission of RI Envirothon, Inc. is to cultivate a desire in students to learn more about our natural environment, develop a greater appreciation of our dependence on the environment, and promote a sense of personal stewardship of natural resources to enhance the quality of life for all in Rhode Island. Each year, the one-day competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge working in teams of five to address various environmental challenges