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Yanze Ryan Zhu '23 Receives Recognition in the New York Times STEM Writing Contest

Yanze Ryan Zhu '23 Receives Recognition in the New York Times STEM Writing Contest

Yanze Ryan Zhu '23 was honored as a runner-up in the New York Times 2nd Annual STEM Writing Contest. Ryan's essay, The Unexpected Sequela of Coronavirus informs the reader of an ecological issue that has arisen from mask usage.

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When asked about his achievement, Ryan referenced his education at Rumsey Hall School, saying, "I give credit to my teachers as well because I learned from the school how to write research papers and how to do citations."

Ryan's essay on the dangers that discarded masks pose to the environment sheds light on an issue that will affect the earth for years to come. 

"Nowadays, we need to wear masks to go everywhere," Ryan stated. "If people do not dispose of these contaminated masks properly, it will cause other types of pollution. I wondered if there could be a better system like there are in hospitals. For instance, the medical wastes always go to the yellow bin. So, that became the topic of the essay."

Mr. Linn, Ryan's English teacher, is thrilled about Ryan's nod from the New York Times. "Ryan’s always had a knack for writing," commented Mr. Linn. "He’s the first student to share his writings in class and always stays behind to ask me how he can improve. I’m very proud of him for taking in this challenge. Add it to the resume!"