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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 Oil Additives."

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.