Education Notebook: Governor's school students capture awards at international science fair

Education Notebook: Governor's school students capture awards at international science fair

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Three Roanoke Valley Governor’s School students excelled at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and brought home high honors.

Winning projects were announced Friday following the six-day fair in Phoenix, Arizona.

Logan Dunkenberger, who graduated from Glenvar High School on Wednesday and will attend Stanford University, won a second award in microbiology and a $1,500 prize. Her project is titled “Dynamic Roles of Epstein-Barr Virus Reactivation: Identifying Novel Mechanisms for EBV-positive Lymphoma Progressions and Treatment.”

Dunkenberger was originally an alternate for the international fair after competing in regional and state competitions. She competed in Arizona after another student couldn’t attend. Last year, Dunkenberger won best in category — the highest award ever received by a Roanoke Valley Governor’s School student.

Mary Grace Giles, a junior at the governor’s school and Patrick Henry High School, won a fourth award and $500 at this year’s international fair. Her project, “Evaluating the Impact of Coal Ash Pollution through a C. elegans Developmental Model,” placed in the earth and environmental sciences category.

Giles qualified for the fair after winning best in show at the state level.

Kevin Sheng, a rising senior at the governor’s school and Cave Spring High School, won a fourth award in biomedical and health sciences and a $500 prize. Sheng’s submission is called “Big Data Analytics: Identification of Novel Cancer Progression Gene Signatures for Precision/Personalized Medicine.”

Sheng earned a trip to the fair after winning a grand award at the regional exhibit.

The international fair attracts approximately 1,800 students from about 80 countries, and is considered the world’s largest pre-college science competition. It’s a program of Society for Science and the Public.

Roanoke Kiwanis awards $14,000 in scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke announced scholarship awards for six graduating seniors.

Parker Harnack, of Roanoke Catholic School, earned the club’s highest honor, the Stuart and Margaret Franklin scholarship, along with $4,000.

Andrea Jerausek, of Northside High, was awarded the Henh Ly Scholarship and $3,000.

Scholarships totaling $1,750 were awarded to four other students: Northside High graduates Corey Brooks, Daniel Cook and Timothy Sloane; and Melisa Tran of William Fleming High.

Scholarships are offered to students from the nine area high schools that have Key Clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis. The high schools include William Fleming, Patrick Henry, Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Northside, Roanoke Catholic School, Staunton River, Forest Park Academy and Faith Christian School.

The Stuart and Margaret Franklin scholarship is named for former club members and benefactors of the Kiwanis Foundation. The Henh Ly Award is named for a local Kiwanis scholarship recipient who was killed in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Roanoke County summer feeding program returns

Roanoke County Public Schools will offer free lunches to children beginning next week at three elementary schools as part of the division’s summer feeding program.

Parents and guardians can also buy a school lunch at a reduced cost. The county’s initiative is offered through the Summer Food Service Program.

Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at the following sites.

  • Burlington Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from May 28 to July 12 (closed July 4 and 5)
  • Herman L. Horn Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from May 28 to July 11 (closed July 4).
  • Oak Grove Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from June 3 to July 11 (closed July 4).

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