Heritage research takes on Barry University

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COVID has limited the amount of in-person science competitions available to high school students, so research director Mrs. Leya Joykutty took a more innovative approach to get her students back into the competition scene. She chose 13 research students who demonstrated exemplary success in past competitions this year and invited them to compete at Barry University’s annual STEM symposium April 8, allowing them to present their research to college professors and PhD students while learning from accomplished scientists in various fields.

As a sophomore, Ella Gohari is entering her second year on the Patriot Post staff as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the print newsmagazine. A lover of words, Ella spends much of her time writing, whether it be an article, poem, short story or science research paper. She often writes while listening (and singing her heart out) to music, and is particularly fond of rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Her ultimate favorite; however, is Queen. Juggling many interests at once, she has been a science researcher with Mrs. Joykutty since 6th grade, and is now a part of the Sigma Xi Science Society. On the weekends, she volunteers with Village Book Builders and OTTER to teach underprivileged children in Florida and around the world. She is excited to co-lead the newsmagazine and can’t wait to see where the year goes.

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