W.T. Clarke Senior Selected as Regeneron STS Scholar

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Abishek Ravindran, a senior at W.T. Clarke High School, was named one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020. He was selected among 1,993 applicants for his research project titled “Implementation of Novel Sector Weight and Google Trends Data Objectives using MOEA/D Curtails Systematic Risk for Quintessential Investors.” 

Abishek broadened his perspective as a student by conducting research in a field he hadn’t examined before. "Though I always thought of research as only relevant to natural and physical sciences, conducting research within economics and behavioral science has been really eye-opening in terms of the possibilities,” he said.

Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. The scholars hail from 192 American and international high schools in 39 states and Guam.

Erika Rotolo, Abishek’s science research teacher at W.T. Clarke High School, was a trusted advisor during his research journey and she is proud of his prestigious accomplishment. "Abishek has dedicated a great deal of time and hard work to his astonishing research project, and this recognition is well deserved,” she said. “We are all so proud that he has been recognized as a highly esteemed Regeneron Scholar.”

Abishek thanked his school community for allowing students like himself to explore new topics and dive deep into research. “I cannot thank Mrs. Rotolo and the Clarke community enough for supporting me throughout this process,” he said. “They truly cultivate each individual's interests."

As a reward for being selected, Abishek and W.T. Clarke High School will be awarded $2,000 each. On Jan. 22, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. Finalists will compete in Washington, D.C., in March for more than $1.8 million in awards. The district congratulates Abishek on this impressive achievement!

For more information on the Regeneron Science Talent Search, visit: https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts.