Advanced Math/Science Research Update

by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program

January 15, 2013

Since our last update, Berkshire School hosted student researchers from Belmont Hill, and all-boys prep school outside of Boston, for a 1-day mini-symposium on Student Biomedical Research. The goal was to foster collaboration, communication and community outreach with our students.  AMSR students Liza Bernstein '13, Sissi Wang '13, Lars Robinson '13, Elsie Guevara '13, Ernest Yue '13, and Nate MacKenzie '14, gave short talks about their work in the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science lecture hall. The talks were followed up by break-out sessions where Belmont Hill students described their research projects and students discussed commonalities between the projects and future goals.

The second semester of AMSR started with some terrific news. The AMSR program was awarded a grant from The Chinchester Dupont Foundation for the purchase of an EVOS fluorescence microscope.  This piece of equipment will expand the types of experiments and analyses that can be done by AMSR students this and future years.  The microscope should arrive shortly, and Dr. Burch has invited everyone to stop in for a look next time they are on campus. 

One new, exciting project that is underway in the winter season of AMSR in the afternoons is being spearheaded by Elif Kesaf '14.  Elif is from Turkey and seeks to identify novel viruses of non-pathogenic strains of Legionella bacterium from travertines in Pamukkale. In collaboration with Dr. Sunny Shin at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she will be working to isolate viruses of this bacterium with the hope of identifying new agents to combat Legionnaires' disease caused by a pathogenic form of Legionella.

Look for more news from Dr. Burch in the next issue!

Who We Are: Competitors
Posted 05/22/2014 03:46PM

On Wednesday at Morning Meeting, Mr. Driscoll announced this spring's awards. See them below.

Spring 2014 – Junior Varsity Awards
Award Athlete
MVP Henry Thomas
MIP William Perekslis
Coach's Max Miller
Award Athlete
MVP Nathaniel MacKenzie
MIP Dennis Medeiros
Boys Lacrosse  
Award Athlete
MVP Yuze Zhang
MIP Kevin Crabtree
Coach's Tyler Smith & Andrew Koudijs
Girls Lacrosse  
Award Athlete
MVP Nicolette Friedman
MIP Erin Dillon
Award Athlete
MVP Colleen Devanney & Jenalyn Rembish
MIP Quyhn Ahn Phan
Coach's Neeka Daemi 
Boys Tennis  
Award Athlete
MVP Jeffrey Meeker
MIP Ryan Zang
Girls Tennis  
Award Athlete
MVP Sophie Needles
MIP Alexandra Duryea
Coach's Lucy Ewert

Spring 2014 – Varsity Awards

Baseball 13 - 4  
Award Athlete
Victor Michale Allen Trophy - MVP Ishiah Nunez & William Aldam
Francis Earle Jr. Award - MIP Nathan Summers
William M. Moran Memorial Award - Unselfishness/Dedication Bryan Gerstenfeld
Coach's Johnny Grogan & Jonathan Chudacoff
Softball 8 - 0  
Award Athlete
Margaret Valentine Beattie - MVP Krissy Govertsen
Berkshire Softball Trophy - MIP Camryn Biasin
Mary Ellen Welch Bowl - Sportsmanship Lauren Henman
Coach's Award Jamie Ernst
Crew - Boys 5 - 2  
Award Athlete
David P. Madio Bowl - MVR Eric Smith
Berkshire Crew Trophy - MIR 3rd Boat: Molly Coleman, Pedro Escobar, Ivan Kulchitsky, Milton Martinez, Jared Renzi
W. Chattin Wetherill Trophy - Spirit Austin Hovey
Coach's Award Nicholas Asaro, Roy Faigenbaum, Dylan O'Connor
Crew - Girls   
Award Athlete
David P. Madio Bowl - MVR Olivia Good
Berkshire Crew Trophy - MIR Mary (Molly) O'Neill & Annette Key
W. Chattin Wetherill Trophy - Spirit Arwen Neski
Career Achievement Award Sophie Perekslis
Golf  8 - 10  
Award Athlete
Berkshire School Handicap Golf Cup - MVP Edeline Loh
Lewis W. Nick Knerr Plaque - MIP Bryce Schuler
Coach's - Spirit George Blinick
Boys Lacrosse  9 - 8  
Award Athlete
Berkshire Lacrosse Trophy - MVP Charles Corcoran
David H. Neal Award - MIP Hunter Reynolds
Kellam Lacrosse Cup - Dedication Sam Hahn & George Fowlkes
Girls Lacrosse  
Award Athlete
Anne E. Buck Cup - MVP Sydney Beldock
Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Cup - MIP Natalie Harrington
Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Bowl - Spirit MacKenzie Lancaster
The Jean Maher Unsung Hero Award Sandra Stephan
Track - Boys 4 - 3  
Award Athlete
Berkshire Schools Boys Track Trophy -  MVP Another Kushaina
Edward McClure Peters - MIP Terryl Wilson
Dan Goodyear Shotput Trophy - Longest Distance Lavante Wiggins
Reid M. Mosman Track Trophy - Determination Luke Lockwood
Track - Girls 7 - 1  
Award Athlete 
Berkshire Schools Boys Track Trophy -  MVP Keunna Dill
Edward McClure Peters - MIP Paige Rabb
Dan Goodyear Shotput Trophy - Longest Distance Hannah Cooke
Reid M. Mosman Track Trophy - Determination Sarah Kinney
Coach's Award Olivia Silverman
Boys Tennis 9 - 3  
Award Athlete
Festival Trophy - MVP Peter (PJ) Webb & Noah Wilson 
Berkshire Tennis Plaque - MIP Yanno Fernandez
Coach's Award Peter Warsinske
Girls Tennis 10 - 1  
Award Athlete
Billie J. Mmoore Bowl - MVP Clementina Davila
Berkshire Tennis Plaque - MIP Hadley Laskowski
Coach's Award Alexandra Brazo
5th form Athlete Boy Justin Donawa
5th form Athlete Girl MacKenzie Lancaster


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Berkshire School is a co-ed, New England college preparatory boarding and day school offering a rigorous academic course of study in the northeast United States. Our campus, located in Massachusetts, has state-of-the-art academic, artistic and athletic facilities on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.

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