Breck students receive recognition at Tri-state symposium
Twenty-eight students from Breck School’s Advanced Science Research program competed at the 50th Annual North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held in Saint Paul, MN on March 24. About 95 students in grades 9-12 participated from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with the awards being announced April 10th in conjunction with the Minnesota State Science Fair.
The top five projects at the North Central Regional JSHS receive the competition’s highest award and will advance to the 56th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which will be held May 2 - 5, 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. There they will compete against students from across the nation for additional recognition and awards. Breck ASR students named include:
- 2nd place and a $1,500 award went to Cole Maxwell ’18 for his project titled More than skin deep: Deciphering the role of Bartonella henselae infection in melanoma metastasis (Phase 2).
- 3rd place and a $1,000 award went to Thomas Peterson ’19 and Kylie Spangler ’19 for their project titled The Key to a Cure: Unlocking new cancer treatments using immunotoxins.
Alex Anderson ’19, Samuel Leville ’19, Siyuan Ma ’18, Cole Maxwell ’18, and Abigail Roh ’20 received the prestigious Minnesota Academy of Science Outstanding Achievement Award, which is given to six students who conduct exceptional scientific research. The students received a certificate and $50 award.
When reflecting on his experience, Cole Maxwell said “Presenting my work at the JSHS symposium provided me with the opportunity to practice my communication skills in a professional setting and share my work with experts in a variety of fields. I am honored for the opportunity to represent not only Breck but also the North Central Region at the national competition in Maryland this coming May.”
Participation in the 50th North Central JSHS is a tremendous achievement. Dr. Bill Heidcamp, President of the Minnesota Academy of Science shared with the students, “Those of us who will judge your presentations want to encourage your curiosity, enthusiasm and joy in learning about the world around you and how it works. Whether it’s a new way of generating electricity, finding the next breakthrough antibiotic or figuring out a new mathematical proof, it’s about the journey and what you learned, not about who wins. No matter the outcome of JSHS, we hope that you will continue to pursue your dreams. The world is waiting for you.”
Among Breck’s most important signature programs is Advanced Science Research. The Advanced Science Research Program enables Upper School students to participate in professional research experiences. Breck believes that the stimulation of doing research and working with mentors will encourage talented students to pursue careers in science, engineering or mathematics.