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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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Jack plays the drums. He also plays tennis, basketball, and soccer. He'd like to pursue a career in microbiology in the future. "It has always interested me about how bacteria attack the human body and how antimicrobial agents are able to disable them," Jack says.
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a virulent bacterial species that typically infects people with weakened immune systems. However, this bacterium has recently caused infections in healthy young athletes. Jack wondered if soils on some athletic fields might be harboring MRSA. He decided to test if this bacterium can survive in different types of athletic soils.
Jack acquired samples of nonpathogenic S. aureus from a local university professor. He added the bacteria to sterile samples of athletic field soils, including clay, sand, sandy loam, loam, artificial turf, and a sample of a local high school's soccer field. After checking for the bacteria at different time intervals, he found that S. aureus survived in the all the soils for at least a week.

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