Rhinebeck scholars will observe surgeries

RHINEBECK -Three Rhinebeck High School students will observe surgeries at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie after winning an essay contest sponsored by the Rhinebeck Science Foundation

High School junior Nicole Cassarino was the winner of the contest, and seniors Alora Sansola and Lauren Aber were runners-up.

Students were asked to research and describe the angioplasty they saw at the foundation’s Science Discovery Festival in November.

Cassarino said she decided to enter the contest because “I’ve always been interested in becoming a doctor. I was really thankful that the opportunity was available in the first place.”

Cassarino will observe open-heart surgery with Dr. Peter Zakow, a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The Rhinebeck Science Foundation will coordinate the students’ visits to Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

High school Principal Ed Davenport said, “We are truly fortunate to have the support of an organization like the Rhinebeck Science Foundation as they expand opportunities for our students.”

Working with teachers, administrators and the school board, the foundation creates and funds programs that use hands-on learning and innovative teaching methods to help students explore their worlds and connect science, math, engineering and technology to their everyday lives.