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Maria Elena Grimmett, a 2012 alumna of The Weiss School, has been named a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition, one of the nation’s premier math, science, and technology research competitions for high school students. Selected from an application pool of nearly 1,800 research projects, this honor stratifies Maria Elena among the top 3% of all pre-college research students in the United States. The Siemens Competition rewards research that displays originality, creativity, scientific importance, academic rigor, and clarity of communication. On November 7, 2015, Maria Elena will present a research poster, deliver a 12-minute Oral Paper with Power Point slides, and take part in a 15-minute question-and-answer session with a distinguished panel of scientific experts from The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. From the sixty Regional Finalists across the United States, the top six individuals and top six teams will advance to the National Finals on December 4 – 8, 2015 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Scholarships for the top six winning projects at the national level range from $10,000 to $100,000. Photo above of Maria Elena at the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Competition in Herndon, Virginia on June 19, 2015
Maria Elena attended The Weiss School, Kindergarten - 8th grade and is entering her Junior year at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. She is the youngest author to have an original research paper published January, 2013 in The Journal of Environmental Quality. A two-time first place winner in Environmental Science of the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair 2011/2012, Maria Elena has also received first place in mathematics at the National 2012 Broadcom MASTERS competition. She says the most important lesson she learned at The Weiss School is to think outside the box.
Nicolas attended The Weiss School, Kindergarten – 8th Grade, skipping the 3rd grade. In high school, Nicholas attended Clark Advanced Learning Center and Indian River State College where he earned his AA degree. Nicolas was the youngest to graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology at 18 years of age with a degree in Forensic Psychology. He is very proud to have been a student at The Weiss School and to have parents who drove over 27 miles each way to ensure he got the education he needed.
After graduating from The Weiss School, Suneel was class president and valedictorian at Suncoast Community High School. He was a leader of his class at Harvard and is now the CEO of his own start-up company in New York. “If I could make changes in the world today, one would be to give more kids the chances I had at The Weiss School — to engage in meaningful discussion, live a diverse life, and be kind to others," explained Suneel. “Because The Weiss School is filled with so many talented and varied individuals, I never felt self-conscious about being different. The Weiss School cultivated and valued my uniqueness and that helped build my self-esteem from an early age.”