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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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Nicholas enjoys fishing. He also plays piano, practices tae kwon do, and competes in downhill ski racing. Someday he'd like to become a designer of Web sites and role-playing games, which would be an "exciting job."
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The endangered Karner blue butterfly feeds only on a plant, Lupinus perennis, commonly known as lupine. Nicholas learned that researchers have few clues on what promotes the growth of this plant. He decided to study soils to investigate why lupine grows in some areas but not others.
 
Nicholas collected soil from three different areas in a local park: an area that had been burned, another that was disturbed by human activity, and a third that was undisturbed. He analyzed the levels of moisture, nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium in these soils, then compared these measurements to those of soil from a place where lupine typically grows. He discovered that nutrients in all of the sites tested were not optimal for the plant's growth, indicating that its cultivation to support the Karner blue butterfly will be difficult without modifying the soil.
 

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