Mar 22, 2004 — Two students at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (SWHSG) – freshman Mara Hershkovitz of Kew Garden Hills and junior Michal Soskel-Lozanov of Riverdale – were both awarded second prize in a recent March of Dimes essay contest. Students had to respond to the following topic: “Describe stem cell research and also discuss the social, medical, and ethical implications.”
Ms. Hershkovitz and Ms. Soskel-Lozanov were two of 180 students who participated in the competition. Ms. Hershkovitz was awarded second prize in the ninth- and 10th-grade level and Ms. Soskel-Lozanov in the 11th- and 12th-grade level. Both will receive a $400 award.
“Each of our students submitted excellent research papers, but our winners truly encapsulated the double-edge sword that each scientific advancement poses,” said Ruth Fried, chairperson of the SWHSG science department. “There is much hope in stem cell research, yet there is so much controversy surrounding the harvesting of these cells.”
In addition to Ms. Hershkovitz and Ms. Soskel-Lozanov, 49 other SWHSG students received honorable mentions.
“I am so proud of our young women and their commitment to the study of Torah and science,” said Rochelle Brand, principal of SWHSG.
Ms. Hershkovitz is the daughter of Elyse and Doron Hershkovitz and Ms. Soskel-Lozanov is the daughter of Ms. Sheryl Soskel.