Top Science Student Makes Roselle Grandmother Proud

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Byline: Threse Bonnan

Jane Kalivoda is a grandmother who has earned her bragging rights.

A 40-year resident of Roselle, Kalivoda admits she is proud of all her grandchildren's accomplishments, but grandson Jonathan Plaue has given her another reason to boast.

Plaue, 17, was selected as one of 40 finalists in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, the most prestigious high school science competition in the nation. The Westinghouse competition is considered to be a good barometer of the potential of the nation's top science students. Five Westinghouse winners have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

This year, 1,657 students entered the competition. The 40 finalists were invited to Washington, D.C., from March 5 to 10 to present their projects in a scholarship competition. Although Plaue did not win the top award, he did receive a $1,000 scholarship as a finalist. Jonathan, the son of Lake Park graduate Bonnie Kalivoda Plaue, attends Ward Melville High School in Setauket on Long Island. His family moved to New York four years ago.

"We were so excited when we heard the news that Jonathan had been selected as a finalist in the competition," Kalivoda said. "He has been working on his project for three years. …