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BHS sophomores headed to international science competitions

Once again, Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend both the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) after presenting their research at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair recently.

Students competing at ISWEEP, from left: Robbie Wedan, Fiona Chow and Kaylee Martynow

Students headed to ISEF, from left: Claire Wentzlaff, Greg Johnson and Jadyn Smith

Three sophomores are headed to ISWEEP in Houston in May. Fiona Chow (“All About Those Blades”), Kaylee Martynow (“Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Their Effects on Wetlands”) and Robbie Wedan (“Phantom Energy Consumption in Suburban Homes”) will be presenting their work and competing with top science students from around the world.

Additionally, three sophomores qualified to participate in ISEF in Phoenix in May. Claire Wentzlaff (“How Does Supplemental Carbon Dioxide Affect the Growth of Algae”), Jadyn Smith (“How Changes in Acidity Affect the Survival Rates in an Invertebrate Population”) and Greg Johnson (“Effectiveness of Limonene from Citrus Fruit as a Natural Alternative in Reducing Polystyrene”) will be representing Burnsville High School. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which brings together more than 1,600 high school students from many countries to showcase their research and interact with top scientists. This is the 22nd time since 1992 that Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend — a remarkable record.

“Our students have performed admirably in their science research. I am so proud of how well they represented Burnsville, not only with their intelligence, communication skills and research excellence, but also with their respectful and mature behavior,” said Jennifer Hugstad-Vaa, BHS science teacher and mentor. “This group was amazing and we’re proud of all of them.”

Burnsville High School students submitted 125 research papers and 85 projects for the Twin Cities Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Twenty-four papers and 30 projects were selected to advance to the state competition.

Link to list of students' papers and projects moving on to state

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 07:15