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Niskayuna High School senior Patrick Trant wins a GE STAR Award

picture of Patrick Trant and Carl DeCesare
Patrick Trant and teacher Carl DeCesare

Niskayuna High School senior Patrick Trant has been named a GE STAR Award winner for 2014, which will result in scholarship toward his own education and an award to help further STEM education in Niskayuna.

Each GE STAR Award recipient identifies a current secondary school teacher to recognize, Trant has selected high school engineering technology teacher Carl DeCesare for this honor.

Trant will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute next fall. At Niskayuna High School. He has taken many courses in the district's Engineering Technology program and is currently in the Senior Research & Development class. In that course he is working with a team to engineer a device to reduce the effects of essential tremors, which his research shows affects people with Parkinson's Disease and many elderly people. Trant is also a member of the Robotics Club where he earned a spot to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Tournament.

STAR Award finalists are determined in a highly selective global competition independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. Students are selected based on academic achievement and potential, extracurricular and community activities, personal experiences and goals, and a reference.

The GE Star Award provides a one-time $3,500 scholarship toward the student's education and a $500 contribution to the students' current secondary school. DeCesare said the award will benefit students who participate in a growing number of (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities in the district.