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Sophomore receives special award, scholarship for science project

For her outstanding science project, titled "Change in Algae Growth Using Supplemental Carbon Dioxide," Burnsville High School sophomore Claire Wentzlaff received a Special Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix recently.

She has been offered the New American University Scholarship, a comprehensive and renewable scholarship to Arizona State University.

"This experience was a great opportunity to meet other students from around the world who have similar interests,” said Claire. “It was exciting to hear my name and to see myself on the jumbotrons! I hope to attend again as I learned so much the first time."

Claire Wentzlaff earned the right to compete at ISEF by advancing at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair in late February.

“Claire did an excellent job with her project and I am so proud of her. This is an incredible experience for anyone interested in a science-related field," said science teacher and mentor Jenny Hugstad-Vaa.

Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.

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