West Shore Jr./Sr. High Senior Calista Foo Co-Winner in Orlando Science Center Competition

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Cornell Commit receives $5,000 scholarship

Calista Foo, a senior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, received a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for her science teacher or a mentor, and an additional $1,000 for her school after she was named one of two winners in the 20th Annual Ying Science Competition.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– Calista Foo, a senior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, received a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for her science teacher or a mentor, and an additional $1,000 for her school after she was named one of two winners in the 20th Annual Ying Science Competition. 

Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying — local scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist — has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students.

Among the four finalists this year, two projects so impressed the judges that these students—Calista Foo and Samuel Baker—were both named Grand Prize Winners at an awards ceremony April 22.

To compete in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, Foo was required to perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. She presented her project to a distinguished panel of judges including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators, and Dr. Ying himself.

Foo researched bioceramic alternatives and enhancements with the goal of healing weak or broken bones.

Calista also won first place in her division at the Brevard County science fair this year.

She will be attending Cornell University in the fall.

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