Westview student excels at science fair

Westview student excels at science fair
Westview student excels at science fair | Melissa Darroch, Westview High School, 50th West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Melissa Darroch from Westview High School received the American Chemical Society Award for her project “Growth & Energy Levels of Four Freshwater Algae Genera”
On Friday more than 100 students competed in the 50th West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  
Melissa Darroch from Westview High School received the American Chemical Society Award for her project “Growth & Energy Levels of Four Freshwater Algae Genera,” which best demonstrated how the transforming power of chemistry can improve people’s lives.   She measured the energy content of various forms of algae and demonstrated their potential as a source of biofuel.
There were many bright students presenting outstanding projects. Excelling at this level of completion requires more than just knowledge of the subject matter; it also requires commitment.
A little bit of creativity doesn’t hurt either.
Those are just a few of the attributes that led to the selection of Darroch for this prestigious award, a spokesperson said.
The award was presented by the Kentucky Lake local section of the American Chemical Society and included a plaque and a $100 cash prize.  
The Kentucky Lake section is one of 189 local sections of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society with a membership of more than 163,000 members.
Members of the Kentucky Lake section sponsor various community outreach events throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of chemistry to everyday life.
 The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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