Heathwood Hall 10th graders Ruth Dibble and Kate Nassab were honored as semifinalists at this year’s South Carolina Department of Defense Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held at the University of South Carolina on January 29, 2016.
Ruth and Kate were among some 80 students from 25 SC schools who made research presentations at the event, which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level. Heathwood students Savannah Hillmeyer and Athreya Murali were also selected to present their research at the symposium, while 9th graders Kathleen Powers and Davis Buchanan and 8th graders DuBose Tuller and Olivia Merritt were invited to attend as observers.
For students in Heathwood’s Honors Science Program, the opportunity to attend events like the JSHS is a natural outgrowth of the work they’re already doing at school. Designed to challenge Upper School students academically and provide hands-on laboratory experiences that prepare them for future success in the sciences, the Honors Science Program requires participating students to design, implement, and analyze results from an independent experimental research project and then present their work publicly.
“That Kate and Ruth were named semifinalists at the JSHS when they are only sophomores is very impressive,” said Heathwood Science Department Chair Jim Morris. “They were competing against a lot of seniors.”
For more information about Heathwood’s Honors Science Program, visit http://www.heathwood.org/honors-science-program
For more information about the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program, visit http://www.jshs.org/index.html