NPSS student wins top prize in provincial competition


A science fair project on ‘green gold’ has turned into a profitable project for a local Fort St. John student.

Jacquie Gulevich, a grade 11 student at North Peace Secondary School, won the top prize in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” competition.

The prize comes with a $25,000 scholarship, which the 17 year-old says she will use to study health sciences and ultimately medicine.

Gulevich’s project was titled “Can naturally occurring blue-green algae be turned into green gold in the form of biofuel?” Her hypothesis was based on a concern over the amount of blue-green algae occurring in Charlie Lake.

She was chosen from 85 YouTube videos submitted by other students, which was narrowed to six semi-finalists.

All the entries were judged based on the originality of the idea, the entrant’s enthusiasm and the testability of the hypothesis.

Gulevich’s winning YouTube video can be seen below.

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