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03-31-01

Contacts:
Howard Shapiro, Provost Office, (515) 294-6365
Andrea Spencer, Science Fair, (712) 359-2437
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


SEVERAL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE IOWA STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR

AMES, Iowa -- Amber Hohl of Donnellson, Iowa, and a senior at Central Lee High School, won a $5,000 scholarship for her project, "Anhydrobiotic Capacities of Three Species of Tardigrada and Evidence and Documentation Describing a New Tardigrade Species" at the 2001 Iowa State Science and Technology Fair.

Tardigrada are eight-legged micro-metazoans no longer than one millimeter in length that occupy a wide range of habitats in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments throughout the world. Hohl determined the survivability of three species of Tardigrada by first having them dry out completely over a period of seven days then hydrating them and recording their re-animation. A second part of her project reported a new species of Tardigrada found in Missouri.

The scholarship, provided by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, can be used at Iowa State, Iowa, Northern Iowa or Drake universities.

Several other Iowa middle and high school students picked up awards at the fair, which was held at Iowa State University, March 30 and 31. The Iowa State Science and Technology Fair is the only statewide general science fair for middle and high school students in Iowa. Nearly 400 students had science projects displayed at the fair.

Prizes are awarded at the seventh- and eighth-grade levels. High school winners receive scholarships as well as other prizes. Also, many topical awards are given by state, federal, university and industrial groups. Following is a list of many of the winners at this year's science fair and the schools they attend.

Iowa Space Grant Consortium Scholarship ($5,000)
  • Amber Hohl, Central Lee High School
Iowa State Science and Technology Scholarships
High School - Biological
  • Heather LeFleur, Stuart-Menlo High School ($1,000)
  • Gretchen Wilson, Stuart-Menlo High School ($800)
  • Erin Peterson, Adair-Casey High School ($600)
High School - Physical
  • Amber Hohl, Central Lee High School ($1,000)
  • Blake Forsythe, Harmony High School ($800)
  • Charlie Lenze, Stuart-Menlo High School ($600)
High School - Team
  • Matthew Dahms and Matt Lamb, Central Lee High School ($1,000)
  • Erin Denny and Megan Ernst, Algona High School ($800)
  • Melissa Stork and Morgan Bock, Glidden-Ralston High School ($600)
Middle School Awards
Eighth Grade - Biological
  • Rachel Simpson, St. Katherine's-St. Mark's
  • Eva Tavernier, Glidden-Ralston Middle School
  • Danielle Wilson, Stuart-Menlo Middle School
Eighth Grade - Physical
  • Andrew Schlievert, O.B. Laing Middle School
  • Micah Bates, Manson NW Middle School
  • Chad Lane, O.B. Laing Middle School
Seventh Grade - Biological
  • Mauree Gibson, Central Lee Middle School
  • Megan Weirather, Central Lee Middle School
  • Adam Bennett, Pekin Middle School
Seventh Grade - Physical
  • Jamilee Lightfoot, Central Lee Middle School
  • Brittany Beach. O.B. Laing Middle School
  • Sarah Rock, North Kossuth Middle School
Junior High School - Team
  • Emma Flemming and Heather Daniel, Glidden-Ralston Middle School
  • Matthew Stellmaker and Peter Larson, Roland-Story Middle School
  • Jeff Hall and Ryan Bunnell, Glidden-Ralston Middle School


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