2 Siemens semifinalists at NSHA


Two students at the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School were named as semifinalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition.

They are among 491 semifinalists in the math, science and technology contest, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. It recognizes achievements in math, science and technology among the country’s brightest students.

North Shore Hebrew Academy High School students Jason Kurlander and Dylan Makani are the only two students from a Long Island yeshiva to become semi-finalists.

Asked how it feels to be a semifinalist, senior Jason Kurlander said, “Having spent numerous hours on this important research, I am excited to be a semi-finalist but am even more excited about the possibility that my research will help people in the future.”

Sophomore Dylan Mak-ani shared a similar sentiment, reporting, “It was exciting to perform novel research on such an interesting topic, and it means a lot to be contributing to science in such a meaningful way.”

According to its website, the Siemans competition “seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.”