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May 30, 2003

Iowa High School Student Places Third In National Science Symposium

Rachael Collier of Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, Iowa, placed third at the 41st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held May 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo. and won a $6,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.

In February, Collier won first place and a $4,000 scholarship to the school of her choice at the Iowa Regional JSHS competition in Iowa City, Iowa. She will also receive a $750 scholarship from the University of Iowa, where she plans to enroll in 2005, for her research, titled: "Comparative bioassay of Bacillus thuringiensis Zea mays pollen to non-Bacillus thuringiensis Zea mays pollen, rotenone, and carbaryl on Danaus plexippus Larvae."

At the national competition, Heather LeFleur of West Central Valley High School in Menlo, Iowa, and first runner-up at the February Iowa competition, presented her research, "The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Lactura sativa Phase III," during the non-competitive session. In addition to LeFleur, other top Iowa regional presenters who received a free trip to the national symposium and a $750 scholarship to the University of Iowa were: Sara Weirther and Arie Schiller of Central Lee High School in Donnellson, Iowa, and Erin Peterson of Adair-Casey High School in Adair, Iowa. Adam Forshier from West Central Valley High School in Redfield, Iowa, also a top presenter, was unable to attend.

Also attending the national competition was Nancy Carter of Mediapolis High School, who received the 2003 $500 faculty award.

The JSHS is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The National JSHS Symposium is administered by the Academy of Applied Research a non-profit organization based in Concord, N.H. The Iowa Regional JSHS is administered through the Opportunity at Iowa office at the University of Iowa. For information about next year's symposium, contact Will Swain, Opportunity at Iowa, at 319-335-3876.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, 319-384-0009,