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Higgins Congratulates WNY High School Students Selected to Participate in Congressional Science Fair

May 9, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor yesterday to congratulate Seamus Degan, Rex Herzberg, and Hakeem Salem, City Honors High School students who were chosen to present their research projects at the Congressional Science Fair, hosted in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. 

The students are members of the City Honors Science Research Program, which pairs them with a research mentor at local research labs to conduct hands-on research and present their findings at regional and national science symposiums.

This marks the first year for the Congressional Science Fair, sponsored by the Dr. Nelson Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair. Set up as a pilot, only students from New York’s Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Clinton, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara, Orleans, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, and Wyoming counties were eligible to participate. 

Higgins Congratulates City Honors HS Students Presenting in Congressional Science Fair

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The text of Higgins’ remarks is below:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise to congratulate 3 highly impressive students from City Honors High School in Buffalo. Seamus Degan, Rex Herzberg, and Hakeem Salem made Western New York proud by being selected to participate in the Congressional Science Student Forum, which was hosted yesterday on Capitol Hill. 

In recent months, these students have worked hand-in-hand with local researchers at esteemed medical institutions in Western New York, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, to research cutting-edge medical issues, form hypotheses, and conduct hands on experiments. 

Mr. Speaker, when students start learning and experimenting with science, technology, engineering, and math as young adults, they are creating a lifelong commitment to learning and dedication to making a difference in the future. It is why it is so critical for Congress to provide adequate funding for STEM education programs in our schools nationwide.

I commend these students for their achievement and I look forward to hearing more from them in their promising careers in innovation in the years to come.