The Department of Health announces the winners of the scientific competition

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) congratulates the winners of the Washington Tracking Network (WTN) first annual youth science competition.

The WTN Youth Science Contest is an opportunity for high school students in Washington state to develop their science and communication skills by engaging with their communities’ health and environmental data.

Second place winner Christina Jones, a 9th– recruiter at the Holy Names Academy in Seattle, said, “Through this experience engaged in the WTN youth science competition, we have learned so many valuable life skills and adopted a community-centered perspective that we will carry with us throughout our lives. “.

The winning projects ranged from research articles to poems and were divided into three tracks: Health Sciences, Community Involvement and Scientific Communication. The winning projects were selected on the basis of their content, health impact and equity and presentation. Each track was judged separately by relevant experts within the DOH.

Jennifer Sabel, manager of WTN, said: “We designed the contest to have a wider appeal than traditional science contests, because we wanted all students to understand how science and equity can relate to their interests “.

All winning projects can be viewed on the WTN website. Student and school information may be withdrawn at the request of students and / or parents.

Health science:

Individual Division

1st Location – Relationship between hiking and melanoma in Washington state, by Saisha Lakkoju, Bothell High School

2nd Place (tie) – Mental Health of Washington State Youth, by Cherie Suzuki, Interlake High School

2nd Place (tie) – The Association Between Air Stagnation and Melanoma Incidence in Washington and the Racial Disparity in Melanoma Care, by Jamie K.

3rd Place – Connection between ACE and addiction, by Xingjian Ma, Pullman High School

Group division

1st Location – Poverty and Disability in Washington State, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Location – Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Washington, by Connor Wakefield, Dacotah P. and a student wishing not to be named, Shorecrest High School

Community commitment:

Individual Division

1st Place – Adolescent Mental Health in Washington, by Minseo Kim, Shorewood High School

2nd Place – ISTs in Young Adults, by Simon Feist, Saint George’s School

3rd Location – Get Tested Get Healed, by Rachel Kollarmailil, Liberty High School

Group division

1st Location – The English Support Network, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Place – In Washington that Works for Everyone: Transportation Reformed, by Christina Jones and Jonnika Kwon, Holy Names Academy

3rd Location – Breast Cancer Screening, by Sarah Feng and Gretchen Forsythe, Shorewood High School

Scientific communication:

Individual Division

1st Place – Secondhand Smoke PSA, by Jonah Chesnut, Shorecrest High School

2nd Location – Smoking causes PSA lung cancer, by Jazmin Austria-Ball, Shorecrest High School

Group division

1st Place – Fentanyl Facts, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Location – Toxic Survival, by Flora Cummings and Lyla Higgins, Shorecrest High School

3rd Place – Asthma Science Communication Project for Teens, by Sofia Vila Vignali, Mila and Bryan C., Shorecrest High School

WTN is a DOH program that makes public health data more accessible. WTN’s mission is to provide health and environmental data and tools, develop partnerships, and inform data-driven policies and programmatic decisions, with the goal of improving health and health equity in Washington.

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