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Governor Proclaims “Staples High School Day” to Mark Science Achievements

Gov. M. Jodi Rell proclaimed Thursday “Staples High School Day” in Connecticut to recognize the science achievements of Westport’s high school. Simultaneously, she proclaimed it “Shane E. Mulligan Day” to honor a Staples senior who won a top science award.

The governor’s proclamations were announced at a dinner Thursday night in Rocky Hill hosted by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering that honored the state’s most talented young scientists and engineers, including two Staples students.

Mulligan received the Joseph H. Gerber Medal of Excellence for his science research efforts. Sophomore Nina Lintermans was honored for her studies of global warming and bird migration which won first place at the 2005 Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

Mulligan received a $1,000 prize in addition to a certificate, while Lintermans was awarded a certificate and Staples was awarded a $300 prize for its science department.

Staples science teacher Dr. A.J. Scheetz said he was proud of both students and noted that Nina’s sister Sophie also won a prize last year in the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Here is the text of Rell’s proclamation on “Staples High School Day” as provided by Rell’s office:

“On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I, M. Jodi Rell, Governor, take great pleasure in congratulating Staples High School Science Department as you are being honored for having the First Place Winner at the 2005 Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

“This is a tremendous distinction that I am certain will greatly increase school pride and further motivate your students. I commend your perseverance and dedication to science education.

“The winning project, ‘Global Warming: Analysis and Modeling of Bird Migratory Patterns as a Predictive Tool’, by Nina Lintermans, is certainly an outstanding accomplishment and a testament to your expertise and ability to inspire your students.

“Your school is a fine example of science education in the State of Connecticut and it is an honor to join with your faculty and students in recognizing and rejoicing in this achievement.

“Therefore, I, M. Jodi Rell, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim May 26, 2005, as Staples High School Day in the State of Connecticut. I urge all citizens to join me in applauding your achievements and in wishing you the very best for continued success.”

The text of the Mulligan proclamation: “On behalf of the State of Connecticut,
I, M. Jodi Rell, Governor, take great pleasure in congratulating Shane E. Mulligan as you are being honored as the First Place Winner in the 2005 Connecticut Science Fair Life Sciences-Senior Division. This is a tremendous distinction that I am certain you will carry with pride and honor.

“I commend your perseverance and dedication to the study of science. Your project, ‘The Construction of a Self-Assembling DNA Nanohexagon Capable of Protein Storage and Release,’ is certainly an outstanding accomplishment and a testament to your expertise, originality and creativity.

“You are a fine representative of the State of Connecticut and it is an honor to join with your family and friends in recognizing and rejoicing in this achievement.

“Therefore, I, M. Jodi Rell, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim May 26, 2005, as Shane E. Mulligan Day in the State of Connecticut. I urge all citizens to join me in applauding your achievements and in wishing you the very best for continued success.”

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