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Some bright students here at Baker High School geared up this past week to participate in a couple of different academic competitions.

These were the Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair and the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Students proved their hard work and dedication to furthering their knowledge in the sciences by presenting their projects professionally in a variety of settings for these competitions.

Sophia Dulin discussed the “Development of Natural Paint from Clinker Pyro Metamorphic Rock” and received a blue ribbon and advanced to the finals. She then received a bronze medal, the ASM Materials Education Foundation award, the MT Tech-University Mining Dept. Award and the MT Tech University Metallurgy Dept. Award.

Sayge Barkley presented the “Development of Bio-plastic from Feather Keratin” and received a red ribbon, the NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award, the RICOH sustainable development award and the Yale Science and Engineering Award. She also received fourth at the symposium and will be advancing to Nationals!

Harveanna Lee explained the “Exploration of U.S. Cancer Data” and received a white ribbon at the science fair and received third place at the symposium for her poster.

Olivia Gunderson researched the “Bioinformatic Investigation of Prion Protein Sequences from Multiple Species” and received a red ribbon.

At the symposium, the top 18 students from Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Colorado were selected to compete in the oral competition. Sayge, Sophia and Olivia all qualified for this competition! All four of these students will likely continue their efforts and compete at the state science fair at the end of this month. We wish them congratulations on these wonderful achievements and much success in future competitions to come this year!


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