Three high school students from the Hattiesburg area took the top
three awards at the Mississippi Junior Academy Science Competition
last month on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
of Oak Grove High School won first place for his paper titled "Antibiotic
Resistant Coliform Bacteria in Feces in Free-Range and Commercially
Raised Chicken." Murin conducted most of his research under
the tutelage of Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, a chemistry professor at The
University of Southern Mississippi.
of Oak Grove and Winston Messer of Presbyterian Christian High School
tied for second place.
Yuen, son of
Dr. and Mrs. Steve Yuen, won for his paper titled "The Design
and Development of an Effective Electronic Polling System."
of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Messer Jr., won for his paper titled "A
Study of the Effect of Body Habitus on Reliability of Cardiac Nuclear
Imaging at Two Institutions in Vivo and in Vitro - A Second Year
came to this competition by way of his work with Dr. Heinhorst,
and Winston and Anthony had been involved in the international science
fair competition," said MJAS director Aimee Lee, a biology
instructor at Southern Miss.
was basically an elaboration of that work, presented in a scholarly
format, which is what science should be - the culmination of work
over time," she said.
two divisions, 9-10th grade and 11-12th grade, the competition was
held at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Feb. 18 and consisted
of three phases: written paper competition; oral presentation; and
first submitted scientific research papers for review. Papers were
judged on criteria such as the author's description of experimental
worthy were then presented at the oral presentation competition.
Judging criteria was based on the professional aspect of the presentation,
including supporting material and the poise of the presenter.
portion, judges aren't looking at the written paper, only the presentation
itself," MJAS president Peter Clark said. "Judges look
for confidence in the presenter, the ability of the presenter to
maintain audience interest, appropriate voice level, appearance,
clarity of diction and enthusiasm for the topic."