County Executive Awards Blind Brook Students Acorda Scientific Excellence Award

Acorda Scientific Excellence Award promotes STEM education in Westchester County

Acords Scientific Excellence Award Winners/Photo courtesy of: Berry & Company Public Relations, LLC
Acords Scientific Excellence Award Winners/Photo courtesy of: Berry & Company Public Relations, LLC

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino joined with representatives of Acorda Therapeutics and WFAS-AM broadcaster Lisa Wexler to congratulate Blind Brook students and other Westchester County students who have received the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award.


Blind Brook students who have received this award are: Jason Rosenberg, Kyle M. O’Neil, Justin Cray, William Saunders, and Josephine Yalovitser.

The Acorda Scientific Excellence Awards program highlights Westchester and Putnam County high school students who are engaged in highly significant, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) research.


“The so-called STEM subjects are a strong focus of high schools throughout Westchester, and many local students are conducting exciting and often groundbreaking original research. This is what makes Westchester New York’s Intellectual Capital, and I am proud to partner with Acorda and WFAS on this initiative,” said Astorino.


Acorda Therapeutics, is a biotechnology company based in Ardsley, launched the program in partnership with WFAS as well as the Westchester County Youth Bureau and Office of Economic Development. The goal of this program is to spotlight some of the impressive scientific research being done by students, and supporting the next generation of scientists and encouraging them to consider careers in related fields.

“Acorda Therapeutics sponsors the ASEA program to recognize the innovative and impressive research that so many of our local high school students are doing in the area of STEM.  We hope that these inspiring students will become part of the next generation of leaders in medical research and in all areas of science, math and technology,” said Tierney Saccavino, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Acorda.

All Westchester County high school students are eligible for the award, including students at public, parochial or private schools as well as students who are home-schooled. Applications are evaluated by a committee comprised of scientists from Acorda Therapeutics, Westchester science educators, Wexler and a representative from Westchester County government. Winning students and their schools will each receive a plaque recognizing and honoring their achievement.

Astorino emphasized that more awards will continue throughout the 2013-2014 school year and students can submit their research for consideration at www.acorda.com


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