A group of Hattiesburg area high school students who took home
top prizes at The University of Southern Mississippi Regional Science and Engineering
Fair in March are headed to the International Science and Engineering Fair in
Phoenix, Ariz., on May 13.
Winston Messer of Presbyterian
Christian School and Jennifer Jing Huang of Oak Grove High school will go head-to-head
with nearly 1,200 students for a chance to take home more than $3,000,000 in cash
To ensure a spot in the competition, Messer and
Huang placed first and second respectively at the Mississippi State Science and
Engineering Fair held April 1 at Jackson State University.
two were among 625 Mississippi 7-12 graders to compete in the fair. Huang's project
focused on the Simultaneous Detection of E. Coli, while Messer studied Hemodynamics
and Heart Failure.
Messer, who is no stranger to the international
competition, said the opportunities and experience from the fair are invaluable
in his plight to follow in his father's footsteps. "I want to be a cardiologist
one day," said the senior. "I have really fallen in love with it."
Messer's first-place wins on the regional and state levels
provided an opportunity for Aube' Amaretta of Seminary High school to attend the
fair as an alternate.
Dr. Lawrence Bellipanni, a retired biology
associate professor who's spearheaded the Southern Miss regional science fair
for the past 36 years, said the contestants were judged on originality, scientific
thought, thoroughness and skill.
Overall, 30 students from
across the state will take part in the international competition sponsored by
For more information on the Southern Miss
science and engineering program or its annual regional science fair, please contact
Dr. Bellipanni at (601) 310-3699.