Local girl wins in world's largest science fair

A Fort St. John student is coming home a winner, from the world’s largest science fair, in Reno, Nevada.

Tanielle Johnson, from the North Peace Secondary School, came in fourth place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Category. Johnson received 500 dollars for her victory.

The 16 year-old’s project was entitled "Defining Functional Interactions in Naturally Occurring Telomerase Mutants." Telomerase is an enzyme found in DNA.

Earlier this month, Johnson was one of 16 students chosen to represent Canada at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Nine awards in total were handed out to Team Canada. The winners from Team Canada have been recognized for their achievements from among 1,563 high school students from more than 56 countries.