Peace students pick up medals, scholarships at national science fair

Three students from the Peace are returning home from the Canada Wide Science Fair with medals around their necks and a pocket full of scholarship cash.

North Peace Secondary student Kyra Taylor, North Peace Home Educators' student Emilia Dyksterhuis, and Devereaux Elementary student Hollis Mattson all earned judge's honours at the fair, held at the University of New Brunswick this week.

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Taylor, in Grade 12, won a bronze medal in the senior excellence award category for her project, Keeping the Balance: The Correlation Between Diet and pH in the Equine Hindgut.

The project earned Taylor a $1,000 entrance scholarship from Western University, and another $1,000 entrance scholarship from the University of Ottawa.

Dyksterhuis, in Grade 7, won a bronze medal in the junior excellence category for her project, Spare Our Air: The Use of Algae Scrubbers in the Oil and Gas Industry.

South of the Peace River, Mattson, in Grade 7, won a silver medal in the junior excellence award category for her project, Underwater Soundscape. 

The project earned Mattson a $2,000 entrance scholarship from Western University.

Haley Korfmann, a Grade 9 student at Freedom Thinkers, and Amy Crandall, a Grade 12 at Dawson Creek Secondary also represented the region at the fair.

There were 70 students from 13 regions throughout B.C. and the Yukon presenting their projects in Fredericton this week. Those students received 140 awards and scholarships valued at $194,550, including six gold medals, 14 silver medals, and 21 bronze medals.

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