There are no dull moments in Sydney Cordeiro’s life. She lives it to the fullest and the Huntington High School senior has compiled a great record over the past four years, taking advantage of every possible opportunity that has come her way.
The teenager leads an exciting life, by any measure. Last summer she earned adventure diver certification and advanced open water certification in July, proving her skills and courage as a scuba diver.
In August, Ms. Cordeiro participated in a two week Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences internship, surveying coral reefs and updating the Institute’s 2021 fish data. She completed 14 separate scuba dives over the summer.
“The marine science internship is dedicated to delivering resume-building skills and training in the foundations of scientific research and science diving,” according to the BIOS website. “This program is geared toward students aged 14-17 looking to pursue advanced studies in science, technology, engineering and math subjects. Through this two-week immersive program students participate in research-based field trips, conduct laboratory investigations and work on team building skills during group activities and projects centered on BIOS’s scientific research.”
While Ms. Cordeiro was doing all of this, her twin brother and fellow Class of 2022 member, Alec was attending a special relativity course through Columbia University.
A splendid athlete and completely at home in and around the water, Ms. Cordeiro swims on the Blue Devil varsity team. She’s also a member of the high school’s vaunted robotics team, having previously served a one year stint as the club’s chief business officer.
Among the courses that Ms. Cordeiro has especially been looking forward to taking are Advanced Placement Physics with teacher Stacey Byrnes and AP Chemistry with Danielle Raguzin. She is also excited to be science teacher Thomas Van Bell’s chemistry lab assistant.
The teenager is interested in Stony Brook University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Johns Hopkins University. She is giving thought to pursuing an academic major in ocean sciences, environmental science or microbiology with possible minors in second education or Latin. She has given thought to eventually studying for a Ph.D.