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Charlie Lake Elementary student Meagan Haugen-Koechl is a Western University Scholarship Silver Medallist, earning her a $2,000 entrance scholarship. Haugen-Koechl also won a Youth Science Canada Excellence Award Intermediate Silver Medal, worth $700, for her project titled “Feeding the Bees:A Seasonal Protein Analysis for Bumblebees of the Peace”.

Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary student Kevala Van Volkenburg followed in Haugen-Koechl’s footsteps, also earning two silver medals, for her project “Finding a Better Brain Booster”.

Rounding out the medallists is South Peace Secondary student Rachael McPhail, who is a Western University Scholarship Bronze Medallist for a $1,000 entrance scholarship. McPhail also took home a Nuclear Waste Management Organization Excellence Award Intermediate Bronze Medal worth $300 for her project “To Play or Not To Play?”.

As these three teens are only in grade 9, they have many years ahead of them to come up with more innovative science ideas.

The students, along with fellow participants from northern B.C. Jacquie Gullevich and Kyle Plamondon, will attend a banquet and dance this evening, and finish up their Science Fair experience Friday/Saturday.

Overall B.C. and Yukon students received 1 platinum, 4 gold, 5 silver and 32 bronze medals as well as 14 special awards and 49 scholarships for a total of $144,350.

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