State Representatives Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) and Matt Bell (R-Avilla) are proud to announce the recent scholastic achievements of two outstanding East Noble High students.
Lauren Damerell, a senior, and Gabe Stephens, a junior, together earned a half dozen awards at the 2010 Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair at IUPUI last weekend.
"It is always a pleasant surprise and a great honor to see East Noble students recognized with statewide awards," said Rep. Yarde.
"We're so proud of these two student scientists," said Rep. Bell. "They work hard in the classroom and represent East Noble schools and the community with great distinction."
Damerell received the Les Willig Scholarship from the Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. It includes $6,000 for the first year of college.
She was also recognized with an Outstanding Achievement in InVitro Biology award (sponsored by the Society for InVitro Biology) and with an Honorable Mention by the US Air Force Award for Excellence in Science Research (sponsored by the US Air Force).
Mark Liepe is a science teacher at East Noble High School, and the sponsoring teacher for both winning students.
"Lauren's project was testing plant pigments, or polyphynols, on kidney cancer cells. She is an especially industrious and persistent student, even driving to Kentucky to do research and paying for lab tests herself.
"Basically, Lauren is doing cancer research as a high school senior."
Gabe Stephens, a junior, received the award for the Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science (sponsored by the ASM Materials Education Foundation) and the Senior Division Second Place Award (sponsored by the Science Education Foundation of Indiana).
Stephens will also serve on Indiana's Intel ISEF 2010 Team with a project titled, "Environmental Effect of Carbon Nanotubes as shown via the Indicator Organism Triops Longicaudatus."
Stephens' dedication to his engineering project was as big as its title, according to Liepe.
"Gabe has a natural curiosity and a tendency to research," said Liepe. "He reads more and has more abstract thoughts than most students."
Stephens will receive a trip to San Jose, California with the rest of the ISEF team May 8-15 to represent Indiana at the International Science and Engineering Fair.