Students from Greely, Mt. Ararat High Schools win Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory

Date: March 26, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine—Meagan Currie, a freshman at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine, was the grand prize winner of the 2012 Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory on Saturday.

Megan Currie“I’m surprised!” said Meagan. “It’s really exciting--I just wasn’t expecting it! I want to thank my dad for his never-ending support, and of course my teachers who helped me finalize my idea.”

Meagan’s winning project was “Oxygen production of brown and green seaweeds ascopyllum nodosum and fucus vesiculosus under different colored lights.”

Meagan and second-place winner Sam Wood of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham will also be the first Maine high school students qualified to participate in the prestigious INTEL International Science Fair, to be held in May in Pittsburgh.

“I think it’s great that Maine students finally get a chance to compete in the international competition,” commented Associate Professor Rob Burgess, Ph.D., chair of The Jackson Laboratory’s education committee, who handed out the awards.

The Laboratory took over coordination of the Fair in late 2010. Billie Cunningham, organizer of this year’s event, said, “The Maine State Science Fair gives our children a chance to express themselves in the field of science, which is the fastest-growing field in terms of employment. We need our kids to do this.”

Jackson Director of Educational Programs, Randy Smith, Ph.D., added, “The people who put effort into putting this to work were tremendous this year. We had a great time, the kids had a great time and now we’re already planning for next year.”

The Laboratory received applications from 153 students representing 10 Maine high schools and several home-schooled students this year, a 47 percent increase over 2011 Fair registrations.

Participating schools were Deer Isle-Stonington High School, George Stevens Academy, Greely High School, Lawrence High School, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Morse High School, Mount Desert Island High School, Mt. Ararat High School, Scarborough High School and Thornton Academy.

Sponsors include Bank of America, The Betterment Fund, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, the Dorr Foundation, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the University of Southern Maine, Northeast Institute of Food Technologists, Bowdoin College, Hannaford and WCSH/WLBZ-TV.

The Jackson Laboratory is a nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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