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Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 11:46am Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


Twenty-five Minisink juniors and seniors delivered college-level presentations at the fifth annual SUNY Orange Achievements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Conference on March 11 at the college’s Rowley Center.


Created to foster intellectual/academic curiosity and scholarly research, the SOARS conference was the culmination of research work initiated during the fall semester, in collaboration with a SUNY Orange faculty mentor.


Twenty-one students from Mrs. Russell's college biology classes shared poster presentations summarizing their research. Four students from Mrs. Rufino's college English classes delivered formal presentations of their research papers. 


One Student’s Experience…
“Though the time leading up to the SOARS Conference was a bit nerve-wracking, actually getting up in front of a mostly new audience turned out to be exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about a topic that I am passionate about and being able to learn about subjects that my peers had been researching. Overall, the experience allowed me to take an essential step outside of my comfort zone, and I now have a more secure outlook on giving presentations.” – Brianna Spina, senior, college English

Examples of Student Research…

  • Marlon Brando – Visionary or Tormentor?
  • Relationship between Allergies and Anxiety
  • Lana Del Rey: A Dangerous Woman
  • The Social Identity Theory 
  • Using Nanotechnology for Drug Delivery to Cancerous Tumors
  • The effect of resistance training on enhanced cardiac health
  • Cell Regeneration
  • Infant Iron Levels as a result of Delayed Cord Clamping

Congratulations From MVHS Faculty…
“We congratulate these students on their commitment to scholarship, as demonstrated by their participation in SOARS. Their willingness to take academic risks and seek learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting is commendable.


“These students spent many hours researching, asking and answering challenging questions, and organizing their material to craft an argument. They demonstrated the ability to think critically, communicate their findings, and interact professionally in a college setting. We hope that this conference is only the beginning of rewarding experiences in college and beyond!” – Emily Rufino, English teacher and department chair