Team takes third at science fair

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2005

Juneau-Douglas High School students Joey Bosworth and Erika O'Sullivan took third place in the botany category at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Bosworth and O'Sullivan were among six JDHS students to attend the 56th annual science fair, which was held May 8-14 in Phoenix.

More than 1,400 young scientists from around the world attended the event. Students had the opportunity to talk with Nobel laureates and to get acquainted with fellow students from around the globe.

Bosworth and O'Sullivan's project was "The Effect of Age and Succession Type on Forest Overstory and Understory Composition."

Other JDHS participants were: Sara Bogert with her project "How Carbon Source Affects the Process of Microbial Sulfate Reduction in Mine Tailings," and Sam Post with "How Wing Curve Affects Lift Force."

Clay Werthheimer and Brenna Heintz also attended the event as observers, having qualified for Phoenix at the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair the month before. Their project, "Seasonal Dynamics of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Gastineau Channel," won the regional Stockholm Jr. Water Prize.

Werthheimer and Heintz went on to win at the state level and will compete at the national level in Portland, Ore., for the chance to go on to Stockholm, Sweden.

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