Science Students Earn Covantage Ecotech Scholarship

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Babylon High School students Sara Mikovic and Meredith Wardell earned a $500 Babylon Covantage Ecotech Scholarship for their science research project, "The Effectiveness of Apricot Kernels as a Natural Pesticide Against Drosophila melanogaster."

Additionally, Maddie Peplinski earned a $750 scholarship and finished in second place for her outstanding project, "The Water Solution," and Babylon High School science teacher Mary Beth Schappert won the "Teacher Advantage" award.  

The team of Drew Anne O’Connor, Samantha Stetz and Cassie Beneville also earned top honors, as they took home a $300 scholarship and finished in fourth place for their phenomenal work on their project, “Which Color Hair Absorbs the Most Oil?”

According to the Town of Babylon website, the town, in partnership with Covanta Energy Inc., awards these scholarships annually to students who create the top-ranking school science projects with eco-tech themes. The projects, which in the past have included themes like alternate fuel generation, emissions reduction, environmental mitigation, sustainable building methods and materials, are designed to help introduce new and creative ways to reduce our carbon footprint.