The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) congratulates the winners of the first annual Washington Science Tracking Network (WTN) youth research competition.
The WTN Youth Science Contest is an opportunity for high school students in Washington State to develop their scientific and communication skills by engaging with health and environmental data from their own communities.
Second place winner Christina Jones, 9youA student at the Holy Names Academy in Seattle, said: “Through this experience in the WTN Youth Science Competition, we have learned so many invaluable life skills and adopted a community-oriented perspective that we will carry with us for a lifetime. “
The winning projects ranged from scientific articles to poems and were divided into three areas: health science, community engagement and scientific communication. The winning projects were selected on the basis of their content, impact on health and equity and presentation. Each track was evaluated separately by the relevant DOH experts.
Jennifer Sabel, WTN’s manager, said: “We designed the competition to be more attractive than traditional science competitions because we wanted all students to understand how science and justice could be about their interests.
All winning projects can be viewed at WTN website. Information about students and school may be suppressed at the request of a student and / or parent.
1st Location – The link between tourism and melanoma in Washington state, by Saisha Lakkoju, Bothell High School
2nd Location (Tie) – Mental Health of Young People in Washington State, by Cherry Suzuki, Interlake High School
2nd Place (equality) – The association between air stagnation and the incidence of melanoma in Washington and racial mismatch in melanoma care, by Jamie K.
3rd Location – The Link between ACEs and Addiction, by Xingjian Ma, Pullman High School
1st Location – Poverty and Disability in Washington State, by Anhita Satanur, Ikshita Satanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School
2nd Location – Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Washington, DC, by Connor Wakefield, Dakota P. and a student who wishes not to be named, Shorecrest High School
1st Location – Adolescents’ Mental Health in Washington, D.C., by Minso Kim, Shorud High School
2nd Place – STI for young adults, from Simon Feist, St. George’s School
3rd Location – Test Yourself, by Rachel Collarmalil, Liberty High School
1st Location – English Support Network, by Anhita Satanur, Ikshita Satanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School
2nd Location – Washington for Everyone: Transport Reform, by Christina Jones and Jonnika Kuon, Academy of the Holy Names
3rd Venue – Breast Cancer Screening, by Sarah Feng and Gretchen Forsythe, Shorewood High School
1st Location – Passive Smoking PSA, by Jonah Chesnut, Shorecrest High School
2nd Location – Smoking causes lung cancer PSA, by Jazmin Austria-Ball, Shorecrest High School
1st Location – Fentanyl Facts, by Anhita Satanur, Ikshita Satanur and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School
2nd Location – Toxic Survival, by Flora Cummings and Laila Higgins, Shorecrest High School
3rd Venue – Scientific communication project for asthma for teenagers, from Sofia Villa Vignali, Mila and Brian S., 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-based policy and program decisions to improve health and health justice in Washington.