Moss study wins Native Science Fair

Judges looked at scientific soundness, cultural relevance

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2002

A project examining the antibacterial properties of sphagnum moss won the Grand Prize at Saturday's Southeast Alaska Native Science Fair.

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students Myshell Pope, Rena Dalmon, Brandon Roulet and Courtney Wendel, whose experiment found that the moss did not demonstrate bacteria-killing properties, will travel to Anchorage next month to show their work at a statewide science fair.

This year's fair, held at the Tlingit-Haida Vocational Training Center on Hospital Drive, attracted 19 entries. They were judged by two teams, one examining cultural relevance and the other looking at scientific soundness.

In addition to the grand prize, judges also awarded a Best Culture prize to Floyd Dryden Middle School students Amanda Padron and Kami Wright for testing devil's club salve on psoriasis, and a Best Science award to Dzantik'i Heeni students Rachel Searls and Ari McDonough for seeing whether blubber or feathers provided better insulation.

Other teams receiving blue ribbons for culture, science or both included:

• Jeremiah Crockroft and Alex Holloway, Dzantik'i Heeni; project on traditional berry preservation.

• Brock Eidsness, William Howard and Tony Wallin, Dzantik'i Heeni; project on goldfish and their search for food.

• Lisa DeWitt-Narino, Junior Davidson and Ally Harris-Torres, Floyd Dryden; project to see what type of oil burns longest.

• Sammy Roguska and Kael Wanamaker, Floyd Dryden; project studying the relationship between ethnicity and response time to questions.

• Jessica Hales and Alexandria Drazkowski, Floyd Dryden; project to see if moss or toilet paper absorbs more.

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