2 THS students earn nat'l science awards
The five local science students, who participated in off-island fairs and symposiums, have done well — for the territory and for themselves. Remarkable, of course, are the two Tafuna High School students, who have made local history by being the first students to place and receive recognition awards in national science and engineering competitions.
INTEL ISEF 2013
For the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013, the senior at THS, Macella Fitisone won second place overall during the American Samoa high school science fair. Her project title: “Survivorship & Reproduction of Melon Aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover, on Two Varieties of Cucumber, Cucumis sativus, Fed with Turmeric, Curcuma longa, Rhizome Extract”.
Fitisone represented American Samoa in the International Science and Engineering fair, and won first place overall from the American Society for Horticultural Science that took place on May 12- 17th, in Phoenix, Arizona.
She is the first American Samoan high school student to win this recognition, and for First Award she also received $1,000.
According to the Intel ISEF 2013 media release of special awards, in the ASHS category, each awardee and his/her school will also receive a one-year subscription to ASHS "HortScience" and "Hort Technology" plus a mounted certificate.
The American Society for Horticultural Science was founded in 1903. Purposes of the American Society for Horticultural Science are to promote and encourage national and international interest in scientific research and education in horticulture in all its branches.
Other participants from American Samoa were Shikha Sreenivasan from Tafuna High School and Ambika Murali from Leone High School. Of note: both Screenivasan and Murali are 9th graders, and Murali was the first place winner of the American Samoa Science Fair 2013.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is a program of the Society for Science & the Public, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition according to their website. It notes that it is:
“The premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12 provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.”
Students Charu Joserose of THS and South Pacific Academy student Leo Pastorfide Carney represented American Samoa in the Pacific Symposium for science and sustainability, in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
For her project, ”An autocidal ovitrap for container breeding mosquitoes of American Samoa, Joserose, a 9th grader, won third place from the American Samoa high school science symposium, and the opportunity to represent American Samoa in the Pacific Symposium. There, she won third place overall and was selected to participate in the National Science Symposium.
At the NSS, she won “honorable recognition” in the poster session at the National Science Symposium National JSHS. In the poster session all the third place winners from 44 regions of US states compete.
She is the first American Samoan high school student to win this recognition, which took place from April 30-May 5, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement, according to its website. “By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.
“Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), JSHS regional and national symposiums are held during the academic year and reach over 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. Each of 48 university-held regional symposia invites the participation of secondary schools within their region.”
American Samoa participates in the Hawai’i Region.
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