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Tangier Smith Elementary First Grader Wins 1st Place at BNL Science Fair

BNL First Place Winner (first grade) Greg Ross Jr. with Tangier Smith Elementary School Principal Toni Komorowski (left), Assistant Principal Ed Schneyer and teacher Carolyn Lamar.

BNL First Place Winner (first grade) Greg Ross Jr. with Tangier Smith Elementary School Principal Toni Komorowski (left), Assistant Principal Ed Schneyer and teacher Carolyn Lamar.

Greg Ross Jr., a first-grade student in Ms. Carolyn Lamar’s class at Tangier Smith Elementary School, took first place at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Elementary School Science Fair held on May 7 at BNL headquarters. Greg’s project, “Egg Count,” focused on finding out if the amount of time hens are left inside their coop affects the number of eggs that they lay. The experiment revealed that hens laid fewer eggs when they were left inside their coop for too long.
Greg’s project earned the overall First Place Award for his grade level for the entire county, scoring better than approximately 80 projects from various Suffolk County schools. In total, more than 500 science projects were entered into the competition from 125 schools.
“We are very proud of Greg’s success in taking first place for his grade level at the Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair, as it demonstrates the intellectual accomplishments the students at Tangier Smith Elementary School strive to achieve,” said Toni Komorowski, Principal, Tangier Smith Elementary School. “With great pride we plan on hanging the banner within the building to serve as a constant reminder for all students that they too, with hard work and effort, can achieve any goal that they set their minds to.”
Additionally, two William Floyd students received “Honorable Mention” awards for their projects out of only 50 presented to students throughout Suffolk County for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Mikayla Mentz, a fourth-grade student at William Floyd Elementary School received an Honorable Mention for her project, “Who’s Your Mama?” and Christina Girardi, a sixth-grade student at William Floyd Middle School was recognized for her project, “The Fly Wheel Experiment.” Both received first place in their school science fairs.
The BNL Science Fair was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and coordinated by the Lab’s Office of Educational Programs. Additionally, BNL scientists, engineers, technical staff, and teachers from local elementary schools judged the projects.
Congratulations to Greg, Mikayla and Christina on their accomplishments!

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