Perkins recognized by USA Today for academics

Juneau-Douglas High School senior one of 43 honorable mentions

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Lindsay Perkins received an honorable mention in USA Today's All-USA High School Academic Team program.

Perkins, 18, and other winners were listed in the national newspaper's edition last Thursday.

The judg-ing panels considered about 1,600 applicants from high schools nationwide and selected 20 students each for the first, second and third teams and 43 honorable mentions, coordinator Tracey Wong Briggs said.

Perkins, who hopes to have a career in international business or chemistry, has a 3.93 grade-point average. She will attend Washington University in St. Louis.

She has been active in choir and has performed in three state, four regional and one national honor choirs.

"It's a really good balance," Perkins said of music. She's sung in organized choirs since fifth grade.

"In all my interest in science and the academic areas, it's a nice balance for creativity. It's something I can be myself in and not worry about how others judge me," she said.

Perkins participated in the 2003 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, placing fourth among teams for a project with Carly Garrison on the effects of freshwater streams on Pacific blue mussels. They also won first place for a team in the 2003 Southeast Alaska science fair.

Perkins and Garrison didn't know what they'd find when they looked into the topic, and, actually, they didn't reach a conclusion. But judges were impressed with their method.

"We took 15,000 pieces of data, so they were really impressed with just the sheer volume we had at our fingertips," Perkins said. "All of our controls were thought of prior to collecting the data."

Perkins has volunteered at Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Juneau Youth Football League. She's also served as a big sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

• Eric Fry can be reached at eric.fry@juneauempire.com.



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