Three Middle Schoolers Win EcoTech Scholarships

Eighth-graders Samuel Escobar, Samantha Howe and Alan Korsiak were selected as finalists in the Babylon Covantage EcoTech Scholarship Competition and presented with their awards at the town’s annual Earth Day celebration held at Babylon Town Hall.

Event sponsor Covanta, which operates an energy-from-waste facility in West Babylon, offers the townwide scholarship opportunity each year as part of an ongoing initiative to encourage young scientists to research renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas reduction and the development of alternative building materials.

More than 50 projects by students in grades 7-12 from districts across the town were submitted, and 10 prizes were awarded. All three Deer Park winners were from Robert Frost, and their research projects were selected and submitted by Living Environment teachers Mike Barrigas and Dawn Ferro. Escobar’s project, “Heating Oil,” earned him fifth place and a $200 scholarship prize. Korsiak was awarded seventh place and $125 for his project, “The Effects of Garden Insulation on a Building Rooftop.” Howe received honorable mention and a $100 check for her research, titled “Flaming Peanuts.”

Officials presenting the scholarship awards included Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, Councilman Tom Donnelly, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma and Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino.