Freshmen Jannel Marroquin and Jose Villatoro are collaborating on an interesting project in Huntington High School’s science research program.
The teenagers are studying the effect of potassium nitrate on tomato seeds to determine if it will help lead to quicker germination
“We chose tomato seeds for the experiment because tomatoes are a very important vegetable on a global scale and also play an important role in economics,” Ms. Morroquin said. “Potassium nitrate will be used for the experiment because other studies have suggested that it helps increase germination in rice and watermelon seeds. So we wanted to see if it would have the same effect on tomato seeds.”
The duo works well together. They both possess an inquisitive nature and each aggressively pursues intellectual growth.
“My interest in the science research course is that I wanted to open myself to new things,” Ms. Marroquin said. “I saw it as a window to open my mind to new things and learn more than just what they teach you in regular science class. I wanted to go more in-depth in a certain area of my interest.”
Ms. Marroquin loves to run. She plans on participating in the Blue Devil cross country, winter and spring track and field teams.
“I’m still not sure what college I want to attend, but I have always been interested in the law field,” Ms. Marroquin said.
The freshman said that Amanda Scott is her favorite teacher “math has always been my strong suit and also because she makes math a fun class,” Ms. Marroquin added. “She is also very nice and respectful.”
Mr. Villatoro plans to play football and be a thrower with the Blue Devil winter and spring track and field teams.
“My goal is to go to the University at Buffalo,” Mr. Villatoro said. “I want to study architecture.”
The freshman’s favorite faculty member is science teacher Marlo Romero. “He understands how we feel and helps me in his class every day,” Mr. Villatoro said. “He has lots of energy and he likes teaching us.”
The teenager is enjoying his experience at Huntington despite the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “So far it is really good and I hope that we can go back to normal soon,” Mr. Villatoro said.