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WSHS students place at science fai (05/27/2007)
The 58th Annual International Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF) was held May 13-18, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at ISEF by winning top prize at local, regional, state, or national science fair. Over 1500 students from fifty-one countries and territories competed this year at ISEF. Special awards were presented by over 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations and include scholarships, summer internships, book and equipment grants and scientific field trips. Many awards are also given by governmental agencies including the military branches. The highlight of the week included the Intel ISEF Grand Awards valued at nearly $1 million in scholarships, tuition grants and scientific fieldtrips. The ISEF is sponsored by Intel and has been administered by Science Service since its inception in 1950. Science Service is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages. A complete listing of all awards can be found at www.sciserv.org/isef, the Science Service website.

Four projects from Winona were among 30 projects competing from Minnesota.

Seven Minnesota projects achieved Grand Award status. Ken Mann, WSHS Science Club Advisor, is proud to announce that all three WSHS projects placed in the Grand Awards. The team project of Mitch and Matt Weegman placed 3rd Grand Award in the team project category. This earned them $1000 from the Science News published by Science Service. Their project on Lesser Scaup ducks also was selected as the top Technical Communication team project earning them a $1000 special award from the Society for Technical Communication. Shiyu Xu competed in the Behavioral and Social Science category. His project, using Six Sigma Methodologies to raise

money for the United Way, placed 3rd Grand Award. The third grand award earned him $1000 presented by the Intel Foundation. Ari Klages-Mundt worked on a project attempting to store hydrogen using an ammonia system.

Ari placed Second Grand Award which earned him $1500 from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. Ari also received a 4th place award of $1000 from the American Chemical Society. He was also honored to receive the 1st award of $1000 from the AVS Science and Technology Society, New Mexico Chapter. Yoonji Shin, Winona Cotter student, also competed at the Intel ISEF. All of these students were among the best high school projects in the world. These Winona students represented their schools by showing the world that Winona, Minnesota is a great place to do scientific research at the high school level.

Additionally, Matt and Mitch Weegman are the first high school students to ever have a paper published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. The publication is based on their science fair project that they started two years ago titled "Chromium and Selenium in Inveterate Prey of Lesser Scaup". The link to the publication can be found at




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