Memorial Park students to be recognized for environmental project - June 05, 2009
A team of Memorial Park Middle School students has received a first-place regional award in this year's eCYBERMISSION competition and will be recognized by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 8. The BioBuds team, made up of eighth-grade students Emily Barrand, Melanie Kowalski, Landan Mintch and Danielle Whitney and led by Team Advisor Larry Lesh, was recognized by judges for its investigation into how fertilizer runoff contains nitrates that damage water and soil. Using a greenhouse, the students experimented on several different types of plants and investigated the use of bio stimulants as a cleaner alternative to fertilizer that would produce more sugar and less nitrate runoff. Among their findings, the students discovered that while the fertilized plants looked the healthiest, they had the unhealthiest roots and the most bare spots. The regional award comes with a $3,000 savings bond for each student and an invitation to attend the National Judging and Education Event June 26-July 3 in Washington, D.C. It was at this competition last year that Memorial Park students won first place nationally for the Snacks 4 Education project. In the past three years, students from Memorial Park have won $56,000 through eCYBERMISSION. eCYBERMISSION is a U.S. Army-sponsored, free, web-based, science, math and technology competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their community.