Oviedo High School Student Named Among Top Ten Young Scientists in the Nation

Oviedo High School Student Named Among Top Ten Young Scientists in the Nation
Posted on 03/13/2024

Ella PilacekSanford, FL: Seminole County Public Schools is proud to announce that Oviedo High School senior, Ella Pilacek, was named among the top ten young scientists nationwide in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search. This competition is the oldest and most prestigious in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields for high school seniors.

Ella's accomplishment in reaching the top ten among thousands of participants across the United States underscores her innovative thinking and passion for scientific exploration. Her project involved researching ways to teach non-native honeybees how to pollinate an endangered native species of orchid. By mixing the compounds of the flower’s scent with a sugar solution that bees naturally love, Ella was successfully able to train the bees to be attracted to the scent, potentially making increased pollination and species survival more likely.

This project not only demonstrated a deep understanding of complex scientific concepts but also showcased Ella’s ability to creatively apply these concepts to a real-world challenge, making her stand out among her peers, and providing a $70,000 prize.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, organized by the Society for Science, recognizes and celebrates the brightest young minds in STEM fields and provides them with opportunities to showcase their research on a national stage. Ella’s success not only reflects her personal work ethic and achievement but also highlights the robust STEM education opportunities for students in Seminole County Public Schools.

"Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search," said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science and Executive Publisher, Science News. "The remarkable intellect and ingenuity of these students serves as an inspiration for us all. Their groundbreaking innovations are vital in uncovering the crucial solutions we need now to address our most intractable challenges."

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