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Calhoun’s Fiona Wang Nabs First In Science Symposium

Photo courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

Fiona Wong, Calhoun High School’s class of 2024 valedictorian, placed first in the chemistry category of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on Feb. 11.

Her project, Computer-Aided Drug Design of Sterylglucosidase A Inhibitors to Treat Aspergillosis, focuses on creating new drugs to inhibit the respiratory fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, in immunocompromised populations.

“Software was used to simulate the efficacy of these designed drugs before additional steps are taken to synthesize the chemicals,” explained Advanced Science Research Director Jennifer Pefanis.

Wong advanced to the regional final symposium, which was held on Feb. 24 at York College. While her JSHS journey ended there, she finished in the top of the category for all of Long Island competitors.

JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia.

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