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Champions of Change- Young Scientists Bring Home Honors from 2018 Intel ISEF

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 16:24:46-04

Four outstanding students represented Fayette County Public Schools well at the 2018 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, held in Pittsburgh in mid-May. The Central Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair sent these teens to compete on a much bigger stage, and they brought home several honors.

Erik Han, Rachel Seevers, and David Ma of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Theo Ehrenborg of Henry Clay High School were part of Team Kentucky, which gathered 10 category awards and three special awards in a strong showing for the Commonwealth. Third-place honors went to:

·         Rachel, in Engineering Mechanics for “The Virtual Winglet: A Novel Approach to Boundary Layer Manipulation and Wingtip Vortex Suppression” (plus a scholarship to West Virginia University);

·         David, in Translational Medicine for “Assessing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease: Predicting Cognitive Impairments and Amyloid Deposition Through PET and MRI”; and

·         Theo, in Mathematics for “Pythagorean Quintuples and Quaternions.”

Each year at Intel ISEF, about 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in awards. This event unites these top young minds and highlights their talents on an international stage as doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work.

For questions about FCPS participants, please contact Eddie DeMoll at the University of Kentucky.