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Three Iowa youth compete for title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year"


AMES, Iowa -- Three Iowa youth were selected as semifinalists in the 2005 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC).


Avanthi Ajjarapu, an Ames sixth grader, and Trevor Beenken and Andrew Heyer, Titonka eighth graders, were selected to compete with 397 students for the title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year."


Iowa student projects were judged in spring 2004 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa, a project of Iowa State University Extension's Science, Engineering and Technology program (E-SET). Ajjarapu completed a study of lung capacities of girls and boys at Gertrude Fellows Elementary School in Ames. Beenken and Heyer completed a physical science project, "Get My Drift." 


The semifinalists come from 43 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and were selected from a group of 1,966 formal entries, initially chosen from a pool of 75,000 students who entered science fairs nationwide. Students in grades 5 to 8 were eligible to enter.


On Sept. 14 the field of 400 semifinalists will be narrowed by the DCYSC judges to the "Final Forty." These 40 finalists will travel to Washington D.C. Oct. 15-19, where they will take part in the DCYSC final competition at the Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. The finalists will compete for more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and special prizes, as well as the title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year."


More than 9,500 children have entered the DCYSC since its inception in 1999. Winners have received more than $500,000 in scholarship awards, federal government recognition and participated in science-related trips that have taken them all over the world.



Contacts :

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu