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High school students honored at annual science symposium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five student presenters at the 35th annual Iowa Junior
Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Feb. 21-22 at the University of Iowa
earned a trip to the National JSHS in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and a $500 scholarship
to the University of Iowa.
The Symposium was hosted by the Iowa Secondary Student Training Office for
250 Iowa high school students and teachers.
Anna Wilhelm of West Central High School took first place with her presentation,
"Bacillus thuringiensis: Nature's Insecticide," earning
a $4,000 scholarship to a college of her choice. She will present her paper
at the National JSHS May 1-4. Wilhelm will compete with 47 other student researchers
for a chance to participate at the World Symposium in London and a chance
to receive either the London International Youth Science Fortnight Award or
Academy scholarships totaling over $100,000.
Wilhelm's science teacher will be given a $500 award to be used for books,
supplies or equipment.
The other finalists are: Courtney McCauley, Central Lee High School, Donnellson,
who placed second with "Robotics -- Phase III;" and, in alphabetical
order, Collin Dyer, George Washington Sr. High School, Cedar Rapids, "Analysis
of Taste Sensitivity Abnormalities in the Drosophila melanogaster Second
Messanger Mutants Dunce and Rutabaga;" Mark Scuffham, Algona
High School, Algona, "The Bottom Line;" and Eldon Whetstone, West
Central High School, Stuart, "Thermo-Oxidation: The Destroyer of Motor
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for more
than three decades and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army, the
Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and
by the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.