GCHS Students STEP Up with 1st Place Award

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Congratulations to Glen Cove High School students Lindsey De La Fuente, Maria Pita and Pierina Grispo for winning 1st place in the Social Science category at the 15th annual STEP (Science, Technology Entry Program) conference in Albany.

Lindsey, Maria and Pierina collaborated on a research project titled “The Prevalence of False Memory in High School Students” in which they tested 10 juniors (five boys and five girls) using a list of 15 different words from 10 different categories. Each test subject was read the list of words, with each word read repeatedly, then asked to repeat them a short time later. Their results showed that the boys had better recollection than the girls, which was contrary to their hypothesis. They concluded that additional research was necessary to determine how the female mind works. The girls also noted that false memory/recall can impact testimony in court, educational testing, and medical procedures, justifying the need for further research.

STEP, which is represented by more than 50 colleges and universities from across New York State, provides middle and high school students with practical experience in the scientific, technical, and health‐related fields and prepares them for the rigors of college and beyond. More than 400 students and 125 program directors/advisors regularly attend this conference annually.

Lindsey, Maria Pita and Pierina are pictured here with their first-place trophy, alongside their science teacher and project mentor, Brendan Clements.