Elmont Class of 2016 Valedictorian Named Intel Science Talent Search National Finalist

Elmont Senior and Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, has been named as an Intel Science Talent Search National finalist. Augusta and 39 other students from across the country will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 10-16 to compete for more than $1 million in awards provided by the Intel Foundation. (Source: Newsday)

Source: Elmont Memorial High School

The [Sewanhaka Central High School] District is thrilled to announce that Elmont Memorial valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a 2016 Intel Science Talent Search finalist.
Augusta was recognized for her project, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications,” which she conducted in the Civil Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Shiho Kawashima. The project analyzed oil well cementing practices, particularly those linked to the 2010 Gulf spill.

The blowout was caused by the poor mix design of the cement in the well, so she tested a novel cement design modified with nanoclays. Her results indicate that cement slurries modified with these nanoclays show great potential for offshore oil wells.

Augusta is one of 40 finalists who will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March, and will appear before judging panels to vie for additional prizes, including the top three awards of $150,000 each.

Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie, Elmont Memorial Principal Kevin Dougherty and members of the district’s administration applaud Augusta on this prestigious achievement.

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