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Environmental science students wow judges with research

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03-05-2013 (HHS) - Hoover High School students returned some impressive results recently at the Alabama Junior Academy of Sciences competition. 

  • Destini Smith [1st Place].  Research surrounding impact of ethnicity on academic achievement; (mentored by Heather Darling through the IB [International Baccalaureate] Extended Essay process)
  • Alex McArdle [2nd Place]. Research on the impacts of privet on biodiversity in the Cahaba River watershed; (Advanced Placement Environmental Science & Independent Research Team)
  • Stephen Arroyo [3rd Place]. Measured impacts of humans on Cahaba River watershed; (AP/IB Env Sci, independent research, mentored by Janet Ort for IB Extended Essay)

AP/IB/Environmental Science students Courtney Murr and Erica Carcelen were strong runners-up at the regional level and have been invited to participate at the state level, according to HHS AP/IB/Environmental Science teacher Mrs. Janet Ort.

"These students represent all that is right with the excellent instruction at Hoover High School and the support we receive from the Hoover City School system," Ort said.

Ort's classes have their own website through which they can "house" a virtual trail and database of investigations.

Held at the University of Montevallo, this science research competition was sponsored by the Alabama Junior Academy of Sciences.  It is a part of the National Junior Academy of Science & Humanities competition.

The state competition will be at Samford University March 21-22.  Five students from around Alabama will be chosen to send to a national competition later this year.

-Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations


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