East Researcher Wins Top Essay Prize

 East Researcher Wins Top Essay Prize Photo
Jillian Pesce, a senior in the High School East Science Research Program, won first place and was awarded $500 in the Science and Society essay contest. The contest aimed to challenge students to write thoughtful, scientifically accurate responses to 10 iconic images from Brookhaven National Laboratory’s history. She read her essay aloud during the lab’s 70th anniversary celebration.

 For her essay, Pesce chose an image of a scientist sitting next to large magnets about to be installed on what would be the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron, a key accelerator for particle experiments later conducted on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons said, “Jillian Pesce is an ardent researcher who embodies the best qualities required for success as a future scientist. BNL’s recognition of her efforts serve as a strength in embracing the partnership that exists between our school’s and BNL’s scientific communities. Programs, such as this, highlight what is possible and attainable through diligent perseverance for each of the young researchers who were in attendance.”