MORRISTOWN, NJ -  For the first time since 2013, a Morristown High School student has won 1st place in the Nokia Bell labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair. Sophomore Dylan Cornejo took 1st place in Plant Science. 

Sophomore Dylan Cornejo and senior Wanda Ardila competed in the Nokia Bell labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair this past weekend at Rutgers University. According to the NJRSF's website, their mission is to "support, encourage, and recognize student involvement in scientific research".   It is our belief that students can only truly appreciate the creative nature of the scientific process if they have actually experienced it themselves, they wrote. The mission statement continued by stating that the science fair provides resources which further this overarching goal, including giving students various opportunities to interact with professional scientists and engineers.

As stated on their website, the high school science competition individually or in groups present projcts that are "investigative in nature, posing and attempting to answer a question or problem, through experimentation and design or in a theoretical sense.

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In addition to taking 1st place in Plant Science, Cornejo received the Communication in Science and Innovation Award. The awards came with a $200 prize, a $25 prize, and a PhD mentor for Cornejo's research. Cornejo will also be published in the Independent Rutgers Journal. 

According to  Brian Young, MHS STEM supervisor, Ardila demonstrated her ability to discuss statistical analysis and methodology with confidence and saw multiple judges ranging from ISEF, Statistical Judge Panel, American Psychology Judge Panel, and more.  Although she didn't win an award, Ardila was nominated for the American Psycholgy Award and the Statistical Analysis Award. 

To read more on the MHS STEM Academy, click HERE


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