Kerry Yang, a Grade 9 student from Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, featured her award-winning science fair project on Parliament Hill at the 2nd Annual Prime Minister’s Science Fair Sept. 19.
The event brought together 40 of Canada's brightest young talents to connect, learn and discuss their projects with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Science and Sport, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan.
Kerry’s project “Fighting Heavy Metals and Bacteria: Dandelion is the Key” examined the severity of antibiotic resistance in human health and determined that one of the causing mechanisms is heavy metal exposure.
She studied the beneficial role of dandelion extracts on heavy metal-induced antibiotic resistance. Kerry determined that bacterial antibiotic resistance could be induced by heavy metals and dandelion root could be used to help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
During the fair, Kerry had the opportunity to discuss her findings with Trudeau, Nobel Prize winner Arthur McDonald, Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre, and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré.
“On behalf of Rainbow District School Board, I would like to congratulate Kerry on her exceptional achievement,” said board chair Doreen Dewar. “To be honoured among our nation’s best and brightest young Canadians is a tremendous accomplishment for which she should be incredibly proud.”
Duncan congratulated all students who participated in the fair.
“The incredible work showcased is an inspiration to people of all ages across Canada and demonstrates what can be accomplished with hard work, determination and encouragement,” she said. “Their inventions, curiosity and creativity have the potential to build a better world for all."
Kerry took home numerous accolades at the Sudbury Regional Science Fair, including First Place, Junior Division, Life Sciences, the Founding Members’ Award; the Laurentian University Biology Award and the Laurentian University Chemistry/Biochemistry Award.
She went on to garner Gold at the Canada Wide Science Fair, and was also awarded a $4,000 scholarship to the University of Western Ontario.