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No potato clocks here: Battling ocean garbage, fighting cancer with dandelions, Sudbury students earn honours at nat’l science fair

Two students won bronze medals and one took home a silver medal
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Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School student Kerry Yang with her project “Reversal of Bacteria-driven Colon Cancer Cell Growth by Dandelion Root.” She won a silver medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for the project.

Three of the six local projects entered in the 2021 Canada Wide Science Fair last month earned some hardware at the virtual event.

The seven students behind these projects earned the right to enter the science fair through their participation in the Sudbury Regional Science Fair.

The week proceeded in similar fashion to previous years, with judging on Monday and Tuesday. The students spoke with several panels of judges at the beginning of the week. The remainder of the fair was set aside to interact with other participants from across the country. 

Three of the six projects received excellence awards:

Bronze Medal Intermediate

Annika Matusch, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board, Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Designing a Sustainable System Using Pyrolysis 

Bronze Medal Intermediate 

Edward Xiong, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board, Autonomous Prevention of Bus Overcrowding and Mask Detection 

Silver Medal Senior 

Kerry Yang, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board, Reversal of Bacteria-driven Colon Cancer Cell Growth by Dandelion Root 

Also participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair were Gaïa Dhatt of École St. Denis (L'impact de la Covid-19 sur notre génération), Mary Leigh of Marymount Academy (The Best Acoustical Set-Up) and Cameron O’Daiskey and Isaac Jeanveau of St. Anne Catholic Elementary School (Snuffed Out).

“The Sudbury Regional Science Fair Committee congratulates the medal winners and all of the Sudbury students who attended the CWSF as they represented the city, their school board and their school very well among the 374 finalists at the CWSF,” said a press release.