Senior Alina Mattson Reflects on her Second Trip to Haiti
I had an opportunity to travel to Haiti with an organization called Work my junior year at Sewickley Academy. What struck me about this organization was their integration into the communities and their promise to make families self-sufficient instead of offering outside solutions that would fix their problems short term. They do this by making sure both parents are in stable jobs and their children are placed in school. While in Haiti, we got to see first hand how Work functions and what they strive to achieve.
Senior Selected as Candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Senior Aydin Turkay has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.
Srimayi Mulukutla won first place in the state at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) competition on May 19, 2018.
Her project, entitled "Increasing the Efficiency of Non-Electric Refrigeration," was in the ecology category. “Basically I made a non-electric refrigerator out of two clay pots, some sand, and water,” Srimayi explained. “Since the non-electric refrigerator (zeer pot) has already been made before, I tested three materials I could use in the pot to make it more efficient and found that charcoal is really efficient. So, potentially, people in countries with hot climates and no electricity could use it to cool their food.”
Srimayi enjoys science and likes solving problems. Winning at the state level was reaffirming for her. “I was very excited when I won first place in the state because it means that my ideas and the project were conveyed to the judges in a good way,” she said. “Since the results were successful, it made me wonder how I could use my findings in real life.”
This summer, Srimayi plans to study science through a Zero Robotics program which involves problem solving, learning more about space, and coding.