Three West Shore Jr./Sr. High Students Earn Grand Prizes At International Science Fair

By  //  May 27, 2016

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Three West Shore Jr./Sr. High students brought home major awards from the 2016 Intel International Science Fair, which was held from May 8 – 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (BPS image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Three West Shore Jr./Sr. High students brought home major awards from the 2016 Intel International Science Fair, which was held from May 8 – 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

River Grace, a junior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, was named best of category in the area of animal sciences for his project titled “Shining a Light on the Blind: Evolutionary Regression and Adaptive Progression in the Micro-vertebrate Ramphotyphlops braminus, a Model for Understanding Brain Organization and Complex Neurological Disorders.”

The award earned him $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, as well as $1,000 for his school and $1,000 for the Brevard Mainland Science Fair.

In addition, Muhammad Abdulla received a third place award of $1,000 in the category of mathematics and a $500 special award from the American Mathematical Society for his project titled “Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Identifying Acute Myocardial Infarction.”

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Margarita Cruz-Sanchez received a fourth place award in the area of cellular and molecular biology for her project entitled “rAAV Mediated Delivery of shRNA in a Canine Model of Autosomal-dominant Retinitis pigmentosa.”

In addition to West Shore, students from Edgewood Jr./Sr. High, Palm Bay Magnet High and Satellite High also attended the fair representing Brevard.

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