Aspiring Big Island student-scientists compete at International Science and Engineering Fair

Hilo High School students Jared Goodwin and Shwe Win both recently placed third in their respective categories of earth and environmental sciences and plant sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix.

The awards came with a monetary prize of $1,000.


Goodwin was also awarded a four-year scholarship to Arizona State University. His project involved “Mapping the Arsenic Movement due to Tsunami Events: Developing a comprehensive hot spot map of arsenic contamination in Wailoa State Park-Hilo, Hawaii.”

Win investigated the “Susceptibility of various growth stages of Metrosideros polymorpha (Ohia) to Ceratocystis lukuohia (Rapid Ohia Death) Infection.”


Hilo High senior Elizabeth Atkinson also participated in the competition as a finalist, presenting her work on “Development of a Recombinase Polymerase Amplification, Lateral Flow Assay to Detect Angiostrongylus cantonensis (nematode causing Rat Lungworm Disease) in Slug Tissue.”

Among the other Hawaii Island students who placed include a team from Kealakehe High School, comprised of Alexander Bell, Evan Curry and Nicholas White.

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