Winners of Nobel Essay Contest announced

06/16/05

3 NYC students from Bronx, Brooklyn & Staten Island win trip to Sweden for Nobel ceremonies

The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to announce that three NYC high school juniors from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have been named the winners of the first annual Nobel Essay Contest. The winners were honored earlier this week at a ceremony held at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Manhattan.

All three received the Grand Prize: a free, all-expenses paid trip to Sweden to attend the Nobel prize ceremonies in December.

They are:

Winner Physics
Mr. Jedtsada Laucharoen
Horace Mann School, The Bronx
Essay title: "Heike Kamerlingh Onnes and the Liquefaction of Helium"

Winner Chemistry
Ms. Alina Fradlis
Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island
Essay title: "Paul Berg: Redefining Our World Through Genetics"

Winner Medicine
Mr. Michael Vishnevetsky
Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn
Essay title: "Gunter Blobel, 1999 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology/Medicine and Pioneer in Protein Targeting Within/out of the Cell"

The competition, open to all juniors in NYC public, private, and parochial schools, required students to write essays examining the impact on science and society of major scientific achievements by Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry or physiology/ medicine. The 27 finalists (from 19 different city schools) also had to defend their essays before a panel of scientists and journalists.

The contest is a collaboration between the Consulate General of Sweden, New York Academy of Sciences, Nobelprize.org – the official website of the Nobel Foundation, the New York City Department of Education, and CUNY. It is also supported by Sony Ericsson, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

"The Nobel Monument inspired the Consulate General of Sweden to propose this contest, as we want to encourage local high school students to envision the possibility of one day having their own names engraved onto the monument. It is also our hope that this will lead to an increased knowledge about Sweden", said Ambassador Kjell Anneling, Consul General of Sweden in New York.

The Nobel Monument was raised in 2003 in a joint project initiated and overseen by the Consulate General of Sweden and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation with the purpose of honoring all American Nobel Laureates as well as the founder of the Nobel Prize, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

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