MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake High School junior Ryan Stasolla recently took home a bronze medal at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering & Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston.
Stasolla, a second year science research student, qualified for the Olympiad with a sustainability project that won first place at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair last month.
First place finishers whose projects were directly related to global sustainability were eligible to enter the ISWEEEP Olympiad.
In Houston, 564 young science researchers entered 385 projects for a chance to win top prizes. Stasolla placed third in the Environment: Health and Disease Prevention category for his research on the cost effectiveness of granite grit in chicken feed. He was presented with a certificate, medal and monetary prize.
Stasolla has been conducting his research at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills and has recently had his research published in the March/April edition of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association magazine "Grit."
Westlake’s science research program is just in its fourth year and has produced two ISWEEEP medalists in the last two years.
Sarah Marino won a silver medal at ISWEEEP last year for her research on Colony Collapse Disorder in bee colonies. Additionally, all of the research students who attended WESEF in 2015 and 2016 came home with awards and medals.
Westlake’s science research teacher Lawrence McIntyre said he is extremely proud of his students showing at these events and of the success of the program.