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Agriculture Press Release
May 6, 2002
Students Win Awards for Ag Science Projects
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that two students have been awarded $1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds for their agricultural projects presented at the 47th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair competition held recently in Lakeland.
Chelsea N. Newberry, of Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, won a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond for her project in the Senior Division. The topic of her project was "A Naturally Elicited Crop Protection System."
Yahya M. Mohammed, of C.W. Ruckel Middle School in Niceville, was the Junior Division winner and also received a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. The topic of his project was "Pathogen Load in Fresh Seafood Naturally and Organically: A Giant Leap for Seafood Safety."
Patrick L. Greer, of Wellington High School in Wellington, and Christine E. Johns, of Providence Christian School in Cape Coral, each received certificates of commendation.
"I was impressed with the sophistication of the projects undertaken by these young people and I applaud their efforts," Bronson said. "The agricultural sciences offer challenging career opportunities, and I hope these and other young people pursue careers in these fields."
To aid students in selecting a topic and carrying out their science fair projects, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed and maintains "Planet Ag," an Internet web site that features ideas and information.
Planet Ag provides students with an explanation of the scientific method, from choosing a topic and stating the hypothesis, to deciding on a procedure and recording the results. The web site also provides a sample project for students to review, a look at previous winnersí projects, and links to other agriculture- and science-related sites. Planet Ag is accessed on the Internet at florida-agriculture.com .
The State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida is a three-day display of science project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through 12 from throughout the state. The Florida Foundation for Future Scientists administers the fair and promotes activities that encourage young people to pursue careers in science, engineering and research.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is among numerous government agencies, businesses and organizations that contribute awards for the fair. Department specialists involved in food safety and plant pathology selected the winners of Department awards.