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Iowa high school student places second at national science symposium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anna Wilhelm of West Central High School of Stuart, winner of the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held at the University of Iowa in February, recently placed second in the National JSHS competition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Her prize, a $6,000 scholarship to attend a college of her choice, is in addition to a $4,000 scholarship she received for winning the Iowa competition.

Wilhelm presented her paper, "Bacillus thuringiensis: Comparing Effectiveness of Two Cryl Protein Toxins and Spore-Toxin Combination," an investigation of the use of bacterial proteins to protect cabbage plants from certain insects, at the National JSHS April 30-May 3. Wilhelm and 47 other student researchers competed for a chance to participate at the World Symposium in London to receive either the London International Youth Science Fortnight Award or Academy scholarships totaling over $100,000. Wilhelm's science teacher at West Central High School is Larry Schwinger.

The Iowa JSHS was hosted by the Iowa Secondary Student Training Office for 280 Iowa high school students and teachers. The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for more than three decades 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.