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Release: May 2, 2001

Iowa high school student wins national science symposium

Amber Hohl of Central Lee High School in Donnellson won first place at the 39th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) April 28 in Orlando Fla. In addition to receiving a $16,000 scholarship, she will travel this summer to the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum where she will she will be one of eight students to represent the United States in a scientific and cultural exchange program composed of some 400 students from more than 70 countries.

In February she won a $4,000 scholarship for her first place finish in the Iowa JSHS. Hohl's research is titled: "Evidence and Documentation Describing a New Tardigrade Species and Anhydrobiotic Capacities of Three Species of Tardigrada."

Four other Iowa students accompanied Hohl to the National JSHS and received $750 scholarships to the University of Iowa. They are: Arielle Hardre, West Liberty High School, Nichols; Brennan Johnson, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines; Gretchen Wilson, West Central of Stuart High School, Stuart; and Sarah Woller, Cascade High School, Cascade. Hohl's teacher and sponsor, Ernest Schiller, also accompanied Hohl to the National JSHS.

The JSHS competition annually includes more than 10,000 high school students and is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Concord, N.H.