SHA Senior Bella Guerra Joins Elite Group of HS Students as a Regeneron Scholar

SHA Senior Bella Guerra Advances to Science Talent Search Semifinal Round

Sacred Heart Academy is proud to announce that senior Bella Guerra (Hempstead, NY) has been named a semifinalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 competition, a prestigious secondary competition created to help identify “science talent” in the immediate aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. This historic moment for Long Island Catholic Schools was announced this afternoon.

Bella, whose research project is titled “Assessing gender-based microaggressions present in ‘friend-texts’ at a single-sex school,” is among 300 scholars nationally and internationally selected by the Society for Science to advance in the competition.  She is the only Catholic school representative from Long Island.  She will also receive a $2,000 award for her accomplishment.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive such a prestigious recognition for my project. There was so much intensive planning required and so many logistical challenges due to COVID-19. I couldn’t have persevered without Dr. Sullivan’s help. He consistently supported my efforts even though my project idea was a bit unorthodox. This project has forever changed my perspective on gender-related issues. It underscores the importance of research in providing insight into personal relationships and societal norms.”  

Bella Guerra SHA Class of 2022

On January 20, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The finalists will then compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a week-long competition taking place March 10-16.


In addition to Bella, 13 Sacred Heart Academy seniors had entered their independent research into the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the largest amount accepted in one year at Sacred Heart Academy.