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Global Scholars Students Support Human Rights

First-year students from the Byram Hills Global Scholars program made a shift from last year’s in-school art installation on Yemen human rights, to a virtual art show on the conflict and abuse in Myanmar.

The tenth-grade students studied the injustices taking place in Myanmar as part of the quarter-long unit on human rights. “One objective of this assignment was to teach students about getting the word out and taking action. Art is one way to do that,” said Kim Gewitz, Social Studies/Global Scholars teacher.

“We have worked on other ways to demonstrate support including podcasts, editorials, and volunteering, but agreed on art as the form for students to express themselves for this project,” said Lisa Squadron, English/Global Scholars teacher.  “We discussed famous paintings, photos, music, videos, short stories, and poems related to human rights so students would think about how to use their own creativity and talents to defend or promote human rights.

As a result, students presented powerful art projects ranging from drawings, graphic design pieces, an original piano composition, and even a project that was baked in an oven.

The culmination of the unit was a virtual art show edited to an impactful music track with the message to support and celebrate human rights in the country of Myanmar.

Myanmar Digital Art Show

NYS Triple C Award Recipients
Byram Hills High School is pleased to announce Farran Horowitz and Alexander Behar as this year’s recipients of the New York State Attorney General’s Triple C Award.

The award has been presented since 2006 to deserving graduating seniors across New York State in recognition of three primary traits: Courage, Character, and Commitment.  The NYS Triple C Award was established to honor seniors whose high school journey included unique circumstances and achievement.  Whether overcoming personal obstacles, succeeding in academic pursuits, participating in community service, or displaying leadership skills, these students provide us with hope for a brighter future. 

Farran Horowitz defied all odds in the summer of 2018 after suffering a near-fatal accident.  Her recovery and resilience remain an inspiration to the Byram Hills community.  Farran hopes to pursue a career in education or physical therapy after college.  She intends to continue her love of fine arts and will attend Bard College in the fall.

Alex Behar underwent brain surgery during the summer of 2018 to address an underlying illness which was causing great discomfort. Alex handled his illness and recovery with grace and dignity and demonstrated tremendous patience as he worked to return to full capacity as a student and an athlete. He returned to wrestling and continued to stand out on the team as a competitor and a leader to other wrestlers. He will be attending NYU next fall where he will further pursue wrestling.

HHREC High School Living History Program

Jordyn Jacobson, 12th grade, and Arielle Goldman, 10th grade, participated in the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center's High School Living History Program this year.  This was a new opportunity for students to participate in an intergenerational program connecting Holocaust Survivors and teenagers.

Jordyn Jacobson, 12th grade, and Arielle Goldman, 10th grade, participated in the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center's High School Living History Program this year.  This was a new opportunity for students to participate in an intergenerational program connecting Holocaust Survivors and teenagers. Each student met with a survivor numerous times throughout the year to document and share their stories.  The High School Living History Project not only impacted the individual students, but also the community as students documented survivors’ stories so they will live on, for generations to come, and never be lost. 
Jordyn Jacobson
Arielle retold the story of Holocaust Survivor, Judith Altman, and published it on a webpage.  She also created artwork, inspired by Judith. Judith Altman: Her Story

After meeting with Holocaust survivor, Betty Knoop, Jordyn will tell her story through a series of diary entries from her perspective, beginning with her 6th birthday and going all the way to her life after the war in the United States. This project will be posted on the HHREC’s website soon.

Great News About Byram Hills Science Research Students

Two Byram Hills High School seniors in the Authentic Science Research Program participated in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).  The competition was originally scheduled to take place on March 25-26th at SUNY Albany. The organizers of the event altered the format of the competition so that students could present their work virtually.  Owen Skriloff (Physical & Computational Science) and Sam Aberman (Biochemistry) were awarded first place in their respective “rooms” during the initial round of the program.

Their initial success enabled them to present to a panel of experts who judged their work against other students from across the state.  Owen Skriloff placed second in the state and Sam Aberman placed fifth.  Owen’s performance has landed him a $1500 scholarship from the US Army, Navy and Air Force.  Owen and Sam will now move on to compete at the national level.

Stephanie Greenwald, Director of the Authentic Science Research Program said, “It is times like this that should make us feel confident that our future is in capable hands.” Sam’s work on CAR t-cell therapy could lead the way to innovative cancer treatments; while Owen’s work brings us closer to an implant that would treat osteoporosis, as well as aid in healing broken bones through the piezoelectric properties inherent in all human bodies.  

In a separate competition, three seniors have been selected to participate in the International Youth Research Conference this fall at Harvard University. This conference provides an avenue for aspiring high school scientists to present their research within a wider community including eminent teachers, scholars and industry professionals.

Congratulations to Meagan Eickelbeck for her work on dog allergens, Taleen Postian for her work on emotional intelligence and political opinion, and Ariana Dan who studied sustainable fashion.

The Dr. Pavlica Authentic Science Research course enables students to perform authentic, original scientific research in an independent manner throughout a three-year program.

Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalists

Byram Hills High School is proud to announce that six members of the class of 2020 have been recognized as semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.  These students, Sam Aberman, Spencer Karp, Meredeth Mayers, Alexa McGrath, Carolina Pedraza, and Owen Skriloff were chosen from a pool of 1,993 students from 659 high schools, across 49 states, and 8 countries.  This is one of the most prestigious science and math competitions in the nation and Byram Hills High School led Westchester County with six scholars.

Byram Hills High School Regeneron Science Talent Search SemifinalistsTitles of the six Byram Hills semifinalists Regeneron Science Talent Research Projects are:

Sam Aberman: “Facilitation of an orthogonal IL-2 system for CAR T cell therapy through the novel knockout of  the human IL-2 gene.”

Spencer Karp: “A step towards energy-efficient infrastructure: A weekly supervised approach to energy signal labeling in commercial buildings.”

Meredeth Mayers: “An evaluation of network-informed disease transmission parameters for the California puma population.”

Alexa McGrath: “An investigation of the medicinal value of the baboon diet: A comparative study across five species and six study sites.”

Carolina Pedraza: “Heightened anxiety in children and adolescents with tic disorders.”

Owen Skriloff: “An in vitro evaluation of the relationship between stress and mineralization through the use of a piezoelectric barium titanate composite.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search was founded in 1942 and is considered the oldest contest of its kind.  It provides high school students an opportunity to present original research on scientific topics of their choice.  This competition focuses on engaging motivated and promising young scientists who are looking to help solve societal and global issues.  Regeneron awards each semifinalist and their school $2,000 to support ongoing research.