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Local Students Represent N.C. At The International Science And Engineering Fair


June 7, 2018

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ISEF Finalists from Brevard High School (left to right) front row: Nicole Rideout, John Nguyen, Emily Trusler; back row: teacher Jennifer Williams, Matthew Bailey, Fritz Ruppert, and Chase Bishop.

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, millions of students worldwide competed in local and school-sponsored science fairs. The winners of these events advanced to participate in regional and state fairs from which the best won the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.

Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) united these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists reviewed and judged their work.

This year, approximately 1,800 high school students from 81 countries, regions and territories were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research at ISEF and compete for $4 million in prizes.

Emily Trusler, Chase Bishop, Fritz Ruppert, John Nguyen, Matthew Bailey and Nicole Rideout, student scientists from Transylvania County's TIME 4 Real Science Program, recently traveled to Pittsburgh to present their research as finalists at the 2018 Intel ISEF.

The students secured the honor when they competed at the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair with their research projects, where they won the ISEF bid and an all expenses paid trip to represent North Carolina at the international competition.

"We were excited to bring the most students from one school in North Carolina and have some award winners at the international level," said Jennifer Williams, a Brevard High teacher who oversees the TIME program.

During the competition, Trusler presented her work entitled "Isolation of Entomopathogenic Fungi From Mosquito Larvae and Evaluation of Potential for Mosquito Control," focused on controlling mosquito larvae, while Bishop and Ruppert shared their research, "A Novel Method for Determining Culex quinquefasciatus Behavioural Response to Acoustic Stimuli," which targeted the control of adult mosquitoes.

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At ISEF's Public Day, student scientists are the rockstars! ISEF Finalists Fritz Ruppert and Chase Bishop sign autographs for their visitors.

Rideout, Bailey and Nguyen presented their work entitled, "Antimicrobial Activity of Endophytes Isolated from Transylvania County Spray Cliff Plants" at ISEF and secured fourth place in Microbiology in addition to Society for Science and the Public's (SSP) Award for Community Inno-vation.

According to SSP, the Award for Community Innovation is designed to "showcase and celebrate the hard work, dedication and passion that students show for answering questions and solving problems in their local community.

We know that the biggest impact can sometimes be made in the smallest area, especially if that area is your home."

The team gives a big shout-out to all community members who helped with the project, including Steve Pagano of Gorges State Park, biologist Ed Schwartzman and TIME 4 Real Science Program volunteer Kent Wilcox.


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