May 13, 1999
UPTON, NY - Five local high school juniors, pictured here in the front row, recently competed in the finals of the first annual Science in Society essay contest sponsored by Brookhaven National Laboratory and the independent organization Friends of Brookhaven.
All the finalists had won their own schools' preliminary competitions at the Center Moriches, Longwood, Rocky Point, Shoreham-Wading River and William Floyd high schools. At a recent ceremony at the Laboratory, they were congratulated by Brookhaven director John Marburger, second from right; Friends of Brookhaven President John Shanklin, far right; and their families and teachers.
Each finalist read her essay aloud and received $200 in cash, a certificate of achievement and a medal. The grand champion, Meghan Flanagan of Rocky Point (center), took home an additional $500 cash award. Runners-up were: Carolyn Fellrath, Shoreham-Wading River; Sabrina Gardner, Longwood; Danielle McGrory, Center Moriches; and Nancy Oberinger, William Floyd.
The contest, which was open to juniors from selected schools around Brookhaven, aims to challenge students to question and deliberate the purposes and social implications of scientific research. Prize money was donated by Friends of Brookhaven, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research.