Greenwich Time: Five high school students from Greenwich recognized as top science scholars

Greenwich Time: Five high school students from Greenwich recognized as top science scholars

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Greenwich boasts five of the top 300 high school science researchers in the country: four hail from Greenwich High School, and one Sacred Heart Greenwich.

Regeneron, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, has announced its 2020 scholars. To compete, students must have completed an independent science research project before the fall of their senior year. Regeneron also requires a 20-page research paper on their project, academic records, essays and recommendations from teachers and mentors.

GHS’s four scholars are Raina Jain, Cynthia Chen, Hiba Hussain and Justin Speaker, and the student representing Sacred Heart Greenwich is Caroline Badagliacca.

Badagliacca, of Sacred Heart Greenwich, researched the ideal doses of music that would help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia improve their cognition and quality of life.

Mary Musalino, Badagliacca’s teacher, said her student’s volunteer experiences informed the project.

“She played piano at nursing homes for several years and noticed that personalized music really helped the residents,” she said. “That was the beginning of her study idea to collect data to determine the benefits of personalized music for nursing home patients in terms of memory, cognitive function and quality of life.”

Badagliacca played personalized music, or music that is meaningful to her listeners that they choose, or that their family knows they will like and will hold meaning, Musalino said.

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