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Finalists & Winners
2006 Finalists

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Almas Abdulla

Nicholas Anthony

Shalila Baena

Aaron Burrows

Joseph Church

David Cohn, III

Amy David

Isabella Dominguez

Cyanna Skye Edwards

Erin Edwards

Shilpi Ganguly

Jack Grundy

Anthony Hennig

Jacob Hurwitz

Otana Jakpor

Taylor Jones

Theo Jones

Nolan Kamitaki

Manpreet Kaur

Sophie Klimcak

Nicholas Lemp

Jason Lloyd

Mikael Matossian

Collin McAliley

Jayleen McAlpine

Kushal Naik

Theresa Oei

William Pete

Lindsey Precht

Mackensie Quade

Radhika Rawat

Philip Ricker

Michael Sewell

Aarthi Shankar

David Tao

Jayne Thompson

Paige Thompson

Joel Tinker

Trevor van Voorthuijsen

Scott Yu

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Shalila likes playing the electric guitar and basketball. Someday she'd like to pursue a career as a science journalist, which would allow her to "combine her passions for science and writing into one job."
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Shalila became inspired to do this project by the noni, a small tree that grows in Hawaii and bears fruit thought to have several medicinal qualities. These fruit are naturally infected with fungi, which may be responsible for the noni's purported health benefits. However, it's unknown whether the fungal infection spreads to each subsequent generation through the noni's seeds, or whether the fungi reach individual noni plants through outside vectors, such as wind or insects.
Shalila collected leaves and flowers from seven different plants growing on the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus. She cut these plant parts into small pieces and laid them on a petri dish spread with a nutrient solution that encourages fungi to grow. Since fungi grew mostly from leaf pieces and not flowers, which bloom only for a short time, the results suggested that fungi reached the plants from outside vectors and weren't present at the time each plant sprouted from its seed.

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