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Four projects by local students to be presented at international event in May

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - For his project, WLHS senior Wallace Milner found a way to reuse plastic straws as reinforcements in concrete. Two hundred-thirty students from Wilsonville, West Linn and Arts and Technology high schools presented their science fair projects to peers, parents and community members at the 2019 CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium March 5 at WHS.

The day before, the students presented their projects to a panel of judges.PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - West Linn High School juniors Ahna Schaper and Karly Durbin present their project, which tested the effects of caffeine and other stimulants on fruit flies.

Four of the nearly 150 projects presented earned "Best of Fair." The student scientists behind these four projects will move on to showcase their work at the International Intel-ISEF fair in Phoenix this May. Best of Fair winners are:PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - WLHS senior Sarah Martin found the best method of composting for people living in urban areas.

n WLHS senior Pooja Jain and sophomore Neel Jain for their project, "A low-cost, 3-D printed autonomous Wi-Fi tracking search drone to locate missing victims of natural disasters;"

n Senior Jessica Yu of WLHS for "A deep learning-based drowning detection method for dynamic swimming pool environments;"

n WHS senior Nathan Tidball for "Acrylate polymerization: formation of novel antimicrobial co-polymers"

n WLHS seniors Rashima Mukherjee and Marlee Feltham for "A 5th generation CAR T-cell: MicroRNA guided radiogenetics for T-cell engineering."

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