HONORING OUR NATION'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
(Extensions of Remarks - March 02, 1999)

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                HONORING OUR NATION'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST

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                         HON. GARY L. ACKERMAN

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, March 2, 1999

  Mr. ACKERMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor and congratulate four 
outstanding high school students from my Congressional District, who 
were recently named as finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. 
The talent search has given each of these students an opportunity to 
demonstrate their unique talents and capacity for innovation. The 
students will be honored this week in Washington with the thirty-six 
other finalists. Indeed, it is both humbling and inspirational to 
listen to the accomplishments of these dynamic individuals.
  Trevor Bass, of Great Neck, used a genetic algorithm to analyze the 
theory of evolution. At Great Neck South High School, Trevor is the 
coach of the math team and has won several awards in math, computer 
science and physics. He hopes to attend Harvard University in the fall.
  Lauren Cooper, of Roslyn, studied how gender based language 
influences our perceptions of Presidential candidates. At Roslyn High 
School, Lauren is active in student government and president of the 
math club. Lauren plans to attend Duke University in the fall.
  Lisa Schwartz, of Roslyn, examined patterns in two-way sequences of 
positive integers for her project. At Roslyn High School, Lisa is the 
captain of her forensics team and the editor in chief of both her 
yearbook and newspaper. She is currently ranked first in her class of 
221 students and hopes to attend Harvard University in the fall.
  Eric Stern, of Great Neck, has studied the nature of Alzheimer's 
disease. At Great Neck South High School, Eric has led the marching 
band and science club and has won many music, math, and science awards. 
Next year, David hopes to attend Yale University.
  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the 
schools in the Fifth Congressional District of New York. These 
students' achievements underscore our community's commitment to 
excellence in education. These four scholars truly embody the ideals of 
innovation, perseverance, and leadership. I ask all of my colleagues to 
join me in honoring and congratulating these young men and women, on 
their many accomplishments, and extending to them our best wishes for 
continued success in what appears to be a very bright future.

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