May 19, 2014

Holyoke Catholic student wins science awards at international fair



Staff report
(Photos courtesy of Holyoke Catholic High School)

SPRINGFIELD – On Friday, May 16, Holyoke Catholic High School senior, Samira You (right), was awarded a Fourth Place Grand Award in animal science following her American Veterinary Medical Association's First Place Award on Thursday, May 15 at the 2014 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

The awards were for her independent science research project, “Developmental Effects of Correlated Color Temperature of Artificial Lights on Painted Lady Butterflies Vanessa cardui.” The American Veterinary Medical Association's first place award was presented for excellence in the fields of food animal health, animal health, public health, comparative medicine and biomedical research.

In addition to these awards, You also recently won the Massachusetts State Fair Region 1 Top First Place Award, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair - Top Region 1 Third Place Award, and the Second Place Award at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Southern Region.

You’s guide through her research project was Holyoke Catholic science teacher Lise LeTellier (left), who currently is working with Holyoke Catholic students on the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Project, studying the harmful effects of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on local trees; as well as the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Buds and Leaves Project, which studies the effect of climate change on growing season length of trees.

You, who will be graduating in June, is a student from Hebei Province, China. She plans to study environmental science and policy or sustainable development and hopes to someday work at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.