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Young scientists sweep ACT-SO

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by for ACT-SO, Media.

For the first time, Midwood High School entered the New York City Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) and won a medal in each of the five categories: STEM, humanities, performing arts, fine arts, and business. This year's ACT-SO awards were announced on Monday, May 7, at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.

Previously known as the "Olympics of the Mind," ACT-SO is a youth program of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Its goal is to give recognition to students who demonstrate academic, scientific, and artistic achievement. Those who participate in the competition must enter in a project under the five categories.

The winners received medals and cash awards starting at $300.

"This year's competition was great," said Mr. Glenn Elert, a physics and research teacher here at Midwood. "We did really well."

He and Ms. Susan Katzoff, a chemistry and research teacher, served as mentors and offered the students help with their posters, presentation skills, and paperwork.

While only 15 students entered the competition, Midwood won a total of 16 medals: five gold, three silver, and eight bronze. Those who won gold, such as Rana Mohamed '19, Kiandra Peart '19, and Calvin Huynh '18, will be going on to participate in Nationals this July. It will be a three day event taking place at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas where they will be competing against over 8,000 students from other states.

"I am extremely excited for Nationals because it'll be a new experience and I will get the opportunity to meet people from all over the country who are also researching and doing amazing things," said Mohamed.

Kiandra Peart
Kiandra Peart and her entrepreneurship project "Kustoms by Ki".

Peart earned the most medals: a gold in Entrepreneurship for her self-made business Kustoms By Ki, another gold in Poetry for her piece titled "The Nation", and a bronze medal in sculpture.

For Peart's independent business, Kustoms By Ki, she customizes various things such as sneakers, wallets, and purses. To enter this project into the competition, she had to create an 18 page business plan to show marketing strategies such as inventory, cash flow, and two year projections. She then presented the display of her work to a judge who graded her on her content.

"I know the competition will be tougher, but I'm ready for it," said Peart. "Going to Nationals makes me feel like all my hard work paid off."

Mohamed brought home a gold in Engineering for her project of decreasing the energy consumption within a robotic system with the implementation of an energy monitoring system. She used two types of robotic systems: a two degree of freedom robotic arm that she varied the voltage and frequency on to see how those conditions affected the energy consumption, and a passive walker that she will use to vary the stop length and step frequency to see how those conditions also affect the energy consumption.

"Winning gold was very rewarding because I felt recognized for all my hard work," said Mohamed. "I worked on my research for over ten months."

Huynh entered his project, "Conditions that promote the sub-cellular migration of nucleolin (NCL) to the cell surface," under the category of Microbiology. The nucleolin is a protein that migrates to the cell surface in cases of cancer, HIV, and infection. In his project, he tried to find the mechanisms that were responsible for allowing the protein (nucleolin) to migrate. He found that only full-length, non-cleaved variations of the protein are allowed to migrate to the cell surface.

"I'm excited to be going to Nationals in Texas and I'm proud to represent NYC Microbiology," said Huynh. "But I'm also a bit nervous because I know that competitions on the National level are notoriously difficult."

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2018 ACT-SO Gold Medallists: Kiandra Peart, Calvin Huynh, and Saba Iqbal on the far right.

As he conducted this research, he was supervised by Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.

"Winning gold was great because it really was a chance for me to gain some recognition for my research," Huynh added.

Saba Iqbal '18 won a gold medal in the Earth & Space science category for her project on indicating an atmospheric mercury pollution source using moss as a biomonitor. She conducted her project at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she began to intern for her research project around November of 2016. There, her research mentor, Dr. Erin Mann, helped her throughout the two years she was there and made sure everything went smoothly.

"I honestly didn't think I would win because there were so many other great projects there as well," said Iqbal. "Nevertheless, I was really happy."

Although Iqbal received first prize, she will not be attending Nationals due to college orientations and summer classes.

"I'd like more people to participate next year," said Mr. Elert. "Anyone should enter."

Written by Mohima Oishe and Pretee Amin (Class of 2019).
This article originally appeared in the June 2018 edition of Argus.

Midwood Science students collect 3 gold medals at ACT-SO, Kiandra Peart wins gold in Entrepreneurship and Poetry

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 marked the 30th time the three New York City branches of the NAACP sponsored ACT-SO — the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is an "Olympics of the Mind" with up to 32 different categories and chances to win medals and cash prizes. This year's New York City ACT-SO was once again held at George Wingate High School — it's home for most of the past 30 events. Awards were announced on Monday, May 7, 2018 at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.

2018 marks the first time Midwood High School entered and medalled in each of the five major categories: STEM, humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and business. Kiandra Peart lead the team, earning a pair of gold medals in Entrepreneurship and Poetry and a bronze medal in Sculpture. Calvin Huynh, Rana Mohamed, and Saba Iqbal brought home gold in Microbiology, Engineering, and Earth & Space Sciences, respectively. Soanne Saint Victor earned bronze in Biology and Instrumental Classical. The total medal count for Midwood was 5 gold, 3 silver, and 8 bronze.

Kiandra, Calvin, and Rana will be competing in the National ACT-SO July 13–15. The National ACT-SO is a part of the NAACP Annual Convention, which is being held this year at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. With over 8000 delegates expected to attend Kiandra, Calvin, and Rana are sure to have an exciting time.

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Gold Medal Winners

  • Kiandra Peart won a gold medal in Entrepreneurship for her independent business "Kustoms By Ki", a second gold medal in Poetry for her composition entitled "The Nation", and a bronze medal in sculpture.
  • Calvin Huynh won a gold medal in Microbiology for his project "Conditions that promote the sub-cellular migration of nucleolin (NCL) to the cell surface." Calvin worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Rana Mohamed won a gold medal in Engineering for her project "Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems." Rana worked under the supervision of Dr. Joo H. Kim in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  • Saba Iqbal won a gold medal in Earth & Space Sciences for her project "Indicating an atmospheric mercury pollution source using moss as a biomonitor." Saba worked under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Carpi and Dr. Erin Mann in the Department of Sciences at John Jay College.

Silver Medal Winners

  • Jennifer Duong won a silver medal in Chemistry for her project "Loading lauric acid into electrospun polystyrene nanofibers." Jennifer worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Rawan Ghaban in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Sabina Kubayeva won a silver medal in Medicine & Health for a project she completed with her partner Elizabeth Joseph entitled "Layer-specific decreases in hippocampal PKMζ protein in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease." Elizabeth and Sabina worked under the supervision of Dr. Todd Sacktor and Dr. Panayiotis Tsokas in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Benjamin Nguyen won a silver medal in Computer Science for his project "Climate controlled Raspberry Pi Model B video looper via temperature sensor and PC fan controlled by Arduino Uno." Benjamin worked under the supervision of Dr. Xiaohai (Richard) Li in the Department of Computer Engineering Technology at the New York City College of Technology.

Animated group photo

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Soanne Saint Victor won a bronze medal in Biology for her project "The nest composition of monk parakeets." Soanne worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College. She also won a second bronze medal in Instrumental Classical for a performance on the steel pan.
  • Hebah Jihad won a bronze medal in Biology for her project "The effect of symmetry on the perception of beauty." Hebah worked under the supervision of Mr. Glenn Elert in the Physical Science Department at Midwood High School.
  • Albina Kukic & Wendy Lliguichuzhca won a bronze medal in Medicine & Health for their project "Altruism in adolescence measured by empathy, parental influence, peer influence, and societal influence." Albina and Wendy worked under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Dr. Uwe Gielen and Dr. Sung Hun Kim in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Kathy Mania won a bronze medal in Earth & Space Sciences for a project she completed with her partner Beien Lin entitled "Soil structure and heavy metals in engineered soils for stormwater management." Kathy and Beien worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Dr. Maha Deeb Collet in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Naila Mirza won a bronze medal in Biology for her project "Effect of season on the group size of the Myiopsitta monachus." Naila worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Vincent Wang & Jessie Zheng won a bronze medal in Engineering for their project "Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using electrospun nanofibers." Jessie and Vincent worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Simone Murray in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.

Three more things

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Brooklyn College, Miscellaneous.

Steve Jobs of Apple used to end his keynote speeches with the phrase "One more thing". Well I can do better than Steve Jobs. I have three more things I want to tell you. Steve Jobs pretended like he almost forgot to tell you Apple's one impressive thing, but I actually forgot to tell you about Midwood Science's three impressive things. (And probably another three, but we'll save them for another day.)

Amna Aslam wins Gold, Jasleen Kaur wins Bronze at NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Midwood Science students sweep again at Brooklyn College Science Research Day

Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Midwood Science projects strength again at the 2nd Teptu STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Amna Aslam wins Gold, Jasleen Kaur wins Bronze at NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The New York Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (NYC ACT-SO) was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Edward R. Murrow High School. Often called the "Olympics of the Mind", ACT-SO is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Students compete in one of 28 academic categories, including 8 sciences. Midwood had 2 medalists this year — Amna Aslam (Gold) and Jasleen Kaur (Bronze). As a gold medalist, Amna goes on to compete in the National ACT-SO July 20–23, 2017 at the 108th NAACP National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Wish her good luck.

  1. Amna Aslam received a Gold Medal and $500 in Biology/Microbiology for her project "Role of nucleolar stress factors in DNA damage response." Amna worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Jasleen Kaur received a Bronze Medal and $200 in Earth and Space Sciences for her project "Evaluating efficient methods for determining bioaccessible lead." Jasleen worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Ms. Sara Perl Egendorf in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.

Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Midwood Science students received 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 8 bonze medals, 2 special awards, and over $5,000 in prize money at the NYC ACT-SO Awards Ceremony held Monday, May 9, 2016. Gold Medals and $500 went to Nga Ying Lo, Kai Saunders, Yusra AbdurRob, Laila Akallal, and Shanayah Renois. These five students now have the opportunity to compete at the National ACT-SO July 14–17 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a multidisciplinary academic competition for high school students sponsored by the NAACP, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization. Students compete in 27 different categories in the sciences, visual arts, performing arts, humanities, and business. Students may enter projects and performances in multiple categories up to a maximum of 3. The National ACT-SO is held in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention each year.

ACT-SO began in 1976 as a local competition for students in Chicago, but quickly expanded across the United States. There are now approximately 200 local ACT-SO chapters. Much like the Olympic Games, there are bronze, silver, and gold medals for the top students. Again like the Olympic Games, medals are hung around the neck of the winners as they stand on a tri-level platform. When all the medals in a particular category have been awarded, the medalists arms are raised in triumph. ACT-SO’s unofficial nickname is "The Olympics of the Mind".

ACT-SO logo: hurdlers wearing graduation cap and gown

Gold Medal and $500

  • Nga Ying Lo won a Gold Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Kai Saunders won a Gold Medal in Earth & Space Science for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Yusra AbdurRob won a Gold Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm." Yusra worked under the supervision of Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Laila Akallal won a Gold Medal in Physics for her project "Entropy changes in first order and second order materials." Laila worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Shanayah Renois won a Gold Medal for her Original Essay "Colorism".

Silver Medal and $300

  • Rumsha Javed won a Silver Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells." Rumsha worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Victor Lee won a Silver Medal in Biology & Microbiology for his project "Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites." Victor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Xiu Ling Weng won a Silver Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "Cycloaddition of tricarbonyl iron(0) vinylketene complex with methyl 3-iodopropiolate." Xiu Ling worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Roshan Chudry won a Silver Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The effects of blinking exercises on computer vision syndrome." Roshan worked under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rosenfield in the Department of Biological Sciences at SUNY Optometry.
  • Joshua Pilipovsky won a Silver Medal in Physics for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Bronze Medal and $200

  • Emily Hui won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus." Emily worked under the supervision of Dr. Tony Wilson in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Moomitu Kashem won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "Shady herbivores: The effect of urbanization on herbivory rates." Moomitu worked under the supervision of Mr. Jason Aloisio from Project TRUE at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Urooj Ansari won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Jessica Lauv won a Bronze Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "To utilize a new lithium reagent derivative to produce hydrazone vinyl ketenes to create steroids." Jessica worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Nikolas Magloire won a Bronze Medal in Medicine & Health for his project "Hydralazine’s effect on sodium hypochlorite." Nikolas worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.ACT-SO plaque honoring Midwood Medical [sic] High School
  • Bilal Azhar won a Bronze Medal in Physics for his project "Comparison of heat to work conversion in first order and second order magnets." Bilal worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Mie Abouelkheir won a Bronze Medal in Film making for her video "Ode to Home". Mie worked under the supervision Ms. Amanda Madden at Reelworks.
  • Yusra AbdurRob also won a Bronze Medal in Dance for doing an ethnic Bollywood dance to the theme song from the 2007 movie Aaja Nachle (Let’s Dance).

Special Awards

  • Urooj Ansari was awarded Ambassador of the Year and $125 for her exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter. Her work as a liaison between ACT-SO organizers and Midwood High School students and staff were indispensable.
  • Midwood High School was awarded Outstanding School of the Year "In recognition of your dedication and commitment to the education of our youth and your support of NYC ACT-SO".

ACT-SO Paperwork Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Seniors.

We will be dealing with paperwork for ACT-SO on Wednesday, March 23 during periods 7 and 9. Please bring the following items with you to the meeting:

  • Cover Page
    • Name and NYC ACT-SO in the upper right hand corner
    • Title and name of professor and lab in the middle
    • Ms. Ferrarin will take care of the notary stamp.
  • Research Paper
    • All of it (25 pages max.)
    • Mr. Rosenfeld will help you with photocopies.
    • You are responsible for any pages with color.
  • Biography
    • Your name and NYC ACT-SO in the upper right hand corner
    • Everything else is outlined in this worksheet.
  • Scientist Evaluation Paper
    • Use Form 2: Qualified Scienctist from NYCSEF
  • Student Profile
  • Photograph
    • Color
    • 2 x 3 inch

Send a PDF of the following items to the appropriate email addresses as soon as possible:

Rolls of paper for a Heidelberg Contiweb press

Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin and Christopher Chasteau silver at 2015 National ACT-SO

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

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The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students. ACT-SO is an "Olympics of the Mind" spanning 27 categories across the humanities, sciences, and visual and performing arts. ACT-SO began in Chicago in 1977 and now encompasses some 140 local chapters — including the flagship New York City ACT-SO. Every summer, coincident with the NAACP Annual Convention, the local chapters send their top participants to compete at the National ACT-SO for the chance to win cash, prizes, medals, and honor. Midwood High School is proud of all New York City’s participants, but special recognition goes to Hillary Syeda, Sandra Lin, and Christopher Chasteau.

Gold Medal

  • Hillary Syeda received a Gold Medal in Biology and Microbiology for her project "Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche." Hillary worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Silver Medal

  • Sandra Lin received a Silver Medal in Chemistry and Biochemistry for her project "Isolation of isomeric catechols 4-chloro-2-ethoxy-5-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol and 5-chloro-2-ethoxy-4-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol." Sandra worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter at Long Island University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Christopher Chasteau received a Silver Medal an Instrumental Classical piece he played on the steel pan. Christopher is the brother of Midwood Science alumnus Colleen Chasteau and attends Benjamin Bannaker Academy.

3 Midwood students holding an NAACP New York banner
Colleen Chasteau, Sandra Lin, Hillary Syeda

Midwood wins 18 awards and $5,000 in prizes at 2015 ACT‑SO

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by for ACT-SO.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an “Olympics of the Mind”, which was held on Saturday, April 18 at the George Wingate Educational Complex. The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 5, 2014 at St. Francis College.

Midwood received 6 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 4 bronze medals, 3 ambassador awards, and 1 outstanding teacher award. The big winner was Tanisha Williams with 2 gold medals in the humanities (poetry and short story). All medalists receive an honorarium from a New York City branch of the NAACP — $500 for gold, $300 for silver, $200 for bronze, and $125 for ambassadors (student recruiters). Gold medalists go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Philadelphia July 11–15, 2015.


Left to Right: Dina Deng, Carmine See, Samar Syeda, Sandra Lin, Charlynn Trish Ben, Donald Ceus, Samantha Chee, Mr. Glenn Elert, Zainab Iqbal, Rolens Ambroise, Cindy Chee, Hillary Syeda, Aarin Chase

Gold Medal + $500

  • Aarin Chase received a Gold Medal in Microbiology for his project "Study of invasion of human epithelial cells by bacteria from the Neisseria genus: Focus on pathogenic Neisseria gonorrhea and commensal Neisseria elongata." Aarin worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College. Aarin also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Colleen Chasteau received a Gold Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The Comparison of Pulse Wave Velocity and QKD Velocity Methods in Congestive Heart Failure Patients." Colleen worked under the supervision of Dr. Jason Lazar in the Department of Cardiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Colleen also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for her exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter. Colleen’s brother, Christopher Chasteau, received gold medals in Instrumental, Classical and Instrumental, Contemporary for his performances on the steel pan.
  • Sandra Lin received a Gold Medal in Chemistry for her project "Isolation of isomeric catechols 4-chloro-2-ethoxy-5-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol and 5-chloro-2-ethoxy-4-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol." Sandra worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter at Long Island University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Hillary Syeda received a Gold Medal in Biology for her project "Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche." Hillary worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Tanisha Williams received a Gold Medal in Poetry for "Sankofa" and a Gold Medal in Short Story for "Misunderstood".

Silver Medal + $300

  • Charlynn Trish Ben received a Silver Medal in Biology for her project "A shark homolog of REV3, a DNA translesion polymerase." Charlynn worked under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Hsu in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Samantha Chee & Samar Syeda received a Silver Medal in Medicine & Health for their project "Does Media Shape Body Image?" Samantha and Samar worked under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Restrepo in the School of Medicine at New York University.
  • Dina Deng received a Silver Medal in Biology for her project "Determining the Effectiveness of the Biomarker SSEA5 in the Enrichment of Endometrial Cancer Stem Cell Populations Using the Hybrid Spheroid Assay." Dina worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Valeriya Falkovich received a Silver Medal in Engineering for her project "Which Catalyst is Most Efficient for a PEMFC?" Valeriya worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.

Bronze Medal + $200

  • Rolens Ambroise received a Bronze Medal in Biology for his project "A role for amyloids in yeast invasion and pseudohyphae formation." Rolens worked under the supervision of Dr. Peter Lipke in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College. Rolens also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Cindy Chee received a Bronze Medal in Chemistry for her project "The Synthesis of Three Tricarbonyl Iron(0) Vinylketene Complexes." Cindy worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Donald Ceus received a Bronze Medal in Earth & Space Science for his project "The Benefits of Using Reusable Bottles Rather than Disposable Plastic Bottles." Donald worked under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Restrepo in the School of Medicine at New York University.
  • Carmine See received a Bronze Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The Effect of Hydralazine on the Development of Lupus. Carmine worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Teacher Award

  • Mr. Glenn Elert received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

2014 National ACT-SO : Three Midwood students win medals

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 by for ACT-SO.

Three Midwood students received medals at the 2014 National ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the largest number of medals we have ever received at this national event. The National ACT-SO is part of the larger NAACP National Convention held every year.

  • Raquel Hosein
    won a Silver Medal in Engineering for her project "Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy". Raquel worked with Dr. Jonathan Viventi in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
  • Chris Ayala
    won a Silver Medal in Physics for his project "Encoding Information with Light's Angular Momentum". Chris worked with Dr. Giovanni Milione in the Department of Physics at the City College of New York.
  • Akeem Pinnock
    won a Bronze Medal in Medicine and Health for his project "Iron's Involvement in the Diagnosis of Lupus". Akeem worked with Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.


Chukwunonso Nwasike, Akeem Pinnock, and Chris Ayala at the 2014 National ACT-SO

2014 NYC ACT-SO : Midwood wins big

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an "Olympics of the Mind".

On Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Francis College, Midwood received 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals, and 2 ambassador awards — more than any prior year. We also entered in more categories than ever before — the sciences (of course), visual arts, performing arts, and humanities. (The only category we missed was business.) All medalists receive an honoraria from a New York City branch of the NAACP (Brooklyn, Mid-Manhattan, or Williamsbridge). Gold medalists go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Las Vegas July 19–23, 2014.

  • Chris Ayala received a Gold Medal in Physics for his project "Encoding Information with Light’s Angular Momentum". Chris worked under the supervision of Dr. Giovanni Milione in the Department of Physics at City College. Chris also received an Ambassador of the Year award for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Yasmine Brown-Williams received a Bronze Medal in Medicine for her project "The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on Whole-Body and Muscle Insulin Resistance". Yasmine worked under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Axen in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Samuel Genchikmakher received a Silver Medal in Instrumental, Classical for his piano performance of "La campanella" by Franz Liszt.
  • Stefanie Henry received a Gold Medal in Medicine for her project "Promoting Repair of Damaged Corticospinal Tract". Stefanie worked under the supervision of Dr. John (Jack) Martin in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at City College.
  • Raquel Hosein received a Gold Medal in Engineering for her project "Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy". Raquel worked under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Viventi at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
  • Mosammed Tasnin Kabir received a Gold Medal in Microbiology for her project "Anti-cancer peptide PNC-27 associates with Mitochondria in Cancer Cells". Tasnin worked under the supervision of Dr. Josef Michl in the Department of Pathology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Anna Li received a Silver Medal in Painting for her work entitled "Desdemona". Anna worked under the supervision of Mr. Jonathan Pincus in the Department of Art and Music at Midwood High School.
  • Chukwunonso Nwasike received a Gold Medal in Short Story for a composition entitled "1862". Nonso worked under the supervision of Mr. Peter Vilbig in the English Department at Midwood High School. Nonso also received an Ambassador of the Year award for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Akeem Pinnock received a Gold Medal in Medicine for his project "Iron’s Involvement in the Diagnosis of Lupus". Akeem worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Gabrielle Rios received a Gold Medal in Drawing for her work entitled "Many Leaves, One Tree". She also received a Bronze Medal in Painting for her work entitled "España". Gabrielle worked under the supervision of Mr. Jonathan Pincus in the Department of Art and Music at Midwood High School.

If you think so … Then ACT-SO !

Registration day at PS 84 on the Upper West Side.

   

Competition day selfie at the
Wingate High School campus.

Presentation of awards at St. Francis College.

 

The always dynamic President of ACT-SO,
Mr. Anton Tomlinson speaks to the medal winners.

   

ACT-SO Reminder

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Seniors.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 is the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO at Wingate High School from 10:00am–5:00pm. Any student interested will need to go to registration on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at P.S. 84 in Manhattan beginning at 10:30am and lasting till about 12:00pm. Students must bring the following to registration:

  • Six copies of their research paper (seven suggested). Papers can only be 5 pages max. Similar to what we did for NYCSEF, copies of your paper can be made in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200). One of these copies must be notarized. (The school treasurer, Ms. Ferrarin will take care of this. Bring your paper and your Midwood ID to room 255. She is expecting you.)
  • A one to two page autobiography (you can simply use the the autobiography that you wrote in the beginning of the year for college)
  • A small picture of yourself for identification purposes (passport type picture)
  • A copy of your poster (suggested, not necessary)

Students are allowed to work in teams. If students are in a team, only one member of the team is needed to register on Saturday, April 5th, however, an autobiography and picture are needed for both students. (No group pictures.) Also, if a student cannot make it, another student can give in the papers for them. (If you want someone else to register for you they will need your name, address, phone number, etc. so it is suggested that you register yourself.) All you need to do is drop off your papers, sign the registration forms, and leave. You can also go over your board with them if you want. (This is suggested).

Only students in the following categories can enter. Even if your project isn’t exactly in one of these categories, it might be possible to enter in a related category.

  • Biology/Microbiology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Health
  • Physics

For rules on how to format your paper go to this web page. Then click on your category to see the requirements. (They are basically all the same.) On the date of registration be sure to write under “Student Ambassador” the name of one of the Midwood recruiters: Chukwunonso Nwasike, Christopher Ayala, M. Tasnim Kabir, or Raquel Hosein.

2013 National ACT-SO : Ryan Fraser wins Gold

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 by for ACT-SO.

Ryan Fraser received a Gold Medal in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the 2013 ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in Orlando, Florida. The event was part of the larger NAACP Annual Convention.

2013 NYC ACT-SO : Ryan Fraser wins Gold

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Ryan Fraser was declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2013 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the Chemistry/Biochemistry category for his project “Immobilization of Photosystem II Core Complexes onto Titanium Dioxide Surfaces”. The award includes a $500 scholarship and the chance to compete in the National ACT-SO in Orlando, Florida July 5–9. Ryan worked under the supervision of Dr. Michele Vittadello in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Medgar Evers College.

2013 ACT-SO
Ryan Fraser (center) with his dad (right) and
NYC ACT‑SO Chairman Anton Tomlinson (left)

2011 NYC ACT-SO : Five Midwood students receive medals

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an “Olympics of the Mind”. Five Midwood students competed this year in four different categories. There were three gold medalists and two silver medalists. Gold medal winners go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Los Angeles July 20 – July 24, 2011.

  • Humera Mohammad
    received a gold medal in biology for her project "The Effect of Outcome Uncertainty on Conditional Learning". She worked under the supervision of Andrew R. Delamater of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Rose-Ann Thomas
    received a silver medal in biology for her project "Effect of Extinction on Conditioned Flavor-Preference Learning in Water Deprived Rats". She worked under the supervision of Andrew R. Delamater of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Nafi Shabnam
    received a gold medal in medicine for her project "The Effect of Inflammation on the Electrical Conditions in the Atrium". She worked under the supervision of Dr. Adam Saltman, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center.
  • Tik Lam Sze To
    received a gold medal in sculpture for her work entitled"Ferris Wonder". She is a student of Mr. Jonathan Pincus of the Department of Music & Fine Arts at Midwood High School.
  • Gaelle Marin
    received a silver medal in painting for her work entitled "Memories". She is a student of Mr. Jonathan Pincus of the Department of Music & Fine Arts at Midwood High School.

ACT-SO Meeting

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 by for ACT-SO, Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Mr. Anton Tomlinson will be here on Monday, February 28th, 2011 to speak about the New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). All juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend this presentation. The meeting will take place period 9 in room A318.

The ACT-SO program has two major components — regularly scheduled enrichment workshops and the “Olympics of the Mind” competition and ceremony. During the workshops, which are held during the academic year, volunteer coaches work with students on projects and assignments designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and skills in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Additional components of the workshops are seminars and trips designed to introduce students to their cultural heritage and other workshops to prepare them for college and employment. The program culminates with the “Olympics of the Mind” competition and awards ceremony which give the students an opportunity to showcase their projects and to be recognized for their achievements.

For more information visit the NYC ACT-SO website and read this pdf.

ACT-SO 2011 Flyer

2010 National ACT-SO : Nafi Shabnam wins Silver

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Nafi Shabnam received a Silver Medal in Medicine and Health at the 2010 ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in Kansas City, Missouri.

2010 NYC ACT-SO : Nafi Shabnam wins Gold

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Nafi Shabnam was declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2010 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the Medical & Health category. The award includes a $500 scholarship and the chance to compete in the National ACT-SO in Kansas City, Missouri July 7-10.

2009 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA.

  • Anika Ahmed
    was awarded Honorable Mention in the DNA Day competition sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.
  • Avner Aronov
    was awarded first place in the Con Edison Go Green Essay Contest and received $200.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry at the Brooklyn High School Chemistry Day held on October 23rd, 2009 (10/23 a.k.a. "Mole Day") at Brooklyn College.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was also declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2009 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the biochemistry category.
  • The teams of Farhana Pinki & Lima Nusrat and Sharmin Rahman & Michael Pimpinella
    were semifinalists in the NASA Dream Experience contest.
  • Farhana Pinki
    was selcted to participate in NASA’s INSPIRE Online Community and received a laptop computer. (INSPIRE stands for Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience.)

2002 NAACP ACT-SO

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is one of the only programs of its kind that recognizes, rewards, and showcases academic and artistic excellence among high school students of African-descent. The NAACP salutes the young achievers who have made a commitment to excellence through their participation in the ACT-SO program.

  • Jason Atkins won a first place award in Biology at the NAACP’s ACT/SO Competition this May. He will represent NYC at the National NAACP Convention in Texas this summer.
  • Oluseyi Fashusi won a third place award.