BFA High School Students Win Top Honors at Science Symposium

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Ensure students and staff take an active role shaping their learning using rich, authentic questions, problems they identify, & diverse resources.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

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BFA sophomores Rebekah Larose and Sophie Lee show their awards for best High School Science poster at the VT EPSCoR Student Research Symposium.

BFA HS Sophomore’s Sophie Lee and Rebekah Larose presented research conducted on phosphate levels and soil particulate size at the annual Vermont Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Student Research Symposium sponsored by Saint Michael’s College and University of Vermont held at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington.

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The Symposium featured oral and poster presentations highlighting scientific research on adaptation to climate change in the Lake Champlain basin conducted by individuals and teams from high schools, colleges and university’s across Vermont as well as Texas, Indiana and Puerto Rico.

Sophie and Rebekah, with HS Science Teacher Tom Lane, in collaboration with the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity have been collecting water samples for analysis of phosphate, nitrogen and total suspended solids, measuring temperature, stage and flow rates as well as identifying macrobenthic populations at local creeks Mill Brook and Black Creek this past summer and winter.

BFA students Sophie Lee (foreground) and Rebekah Larose prepare soil samples for analysis.

BFA students Sophie Lee (foreground) and Rebekah Larose prepare soil samples for analysis.

BFA HS student Rebekah Larose collects water samples at Black Creek in East Fairfield, VT

BFA HS student Rebekah Larose collects water samples at Black Creek in East Fairfield, VT

BFA High School Science Teacher Tom Lane wades up Black Creek to remove temperature and stage sensors earlier this winter.

BFA High School Science Teacher Tom Lane wades up Black Creek to remove temperature and stage sensors earlier this winter.

We are proud of these student leaders!

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