Student Scientists Bring Home the Prize

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Three Benton Middle School students represented Prince William County at the 2018 Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Research Symposium at Longwood University. Nico Morgan (eighth grade), Arman Lateef (seventh grade), and Tony Bright (seventh grade) presented their science fair projects and research at the symposium in front of panels of renowned Virginia scientists.

“The students have worked for months on their projects,” said Debra Peterman, Benton VJAS sponsor. “They lost sleep and missed fun on weekends, all to represent Benton at this event. Just being accepted at VJAS to present is quite an achievement. I’m so proud of their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments.”

Each student conducted multi-week experiments, submitted 10-page research papers for scholarly review (complete with citations), developed multi-media presentations, and practiced for weeks presenting to teachers, classmates, friends, and family.

Their work did not go unnoticed by the judges. With more than 1,000 submitted research papers, each Prince William County student placed in their categories. Morgan’s presentation, Composting is the way to GROW earned second place in the Ecology and Earth Sciences category, while Lateef and Bright’s presentation From Waste to Wealth: Making Millivolts from Microbes! earned top prize in their category, Plant Sciences and Microbiology.

Each project abstract will be published in June in the VJAS Annual Meeting Proceedings publication.

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