Local high school students shine at national science fair

Journal Staff

Local students scored big at the Canada-wide Science Fair this month, taking home major awards, including Annabelle Rayson whose entry was named one of the best in the country.

Annabelle Rayson

The St. Patrick’s high school student won Best in Fair: Discovery, for her project, “Plankton Wars: An Innovative Analysis of Daphnia Genotype Biomanipulation for Algae Bloom Prevention.”

The Best in Fair, one of seven, earned her a ticket to the European Fair in the Netherlands this fall.

Rayson also won the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Weather Network Award, Senior; and the Canadian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Senior.

More than 370 youth competed at the 60th annual national science fair held virtually in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Kiran Prasad, of St. Patrick’s, and Arushi Rawat, of Northern Collegiate, teamed up to win senior bronze for their project, “A Novel Approach to Increasing the Carbon Dioxide Absorption and Alkalinity of the Ocean.”

And Krish Modi, of Northern, won Senior Gold and Youth Can Innovate for his project “Pee Xylophone: A Novel Non-invasive System to Measure Bladder Pressure.”