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July 31, 2014 Published in Schools, Top Stories

Alexandria Student Selected as Finalist for America’s “Top Young Scientist” Competition

By Mike Stankiewicz

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Ana Humphrey (Courtesy photo)

Ana Humphrey, a 7th grade student at George Washington Middle School, has been chosen as a finalist to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for the chance to win $25,000. Ana, along with nine other students, will show off their findings on Oct. 13-14 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ana’s innovation is the Wetland Area Needed Bacteria Removal Calculator (WANBRC), which determines how large of a wetland is needed to reduce harmful bacteria levels in water. Ana has been working alongside Dr. Raha Been, a 3M Scientist, as part of her summer mentorship program.

This isn’t Ana’s first scientific innovation made to address the local bacterial problem in Alexandria. Late last year Ana’s class voted her project as their “Change Project,”  which won $900 from the Caring for Our Watersheds grant competition to transplant wetland plants to a local waterway, alongside the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and the National Park Service.

As far as her future, Ana wishes to help better the lives of others.  She says that her future career may involve anything from, “designing green buildings to designing wetlands that can efficiently remove bacteria.” With all that she has already accomplished in her short 13 years, Ana is sure to make the world a better, safer place.

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