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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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Aarthi plays the flute, viola, and bassoon. She also enjoys running track and playing tennis and volleyball. She'd like to pursue a career as a microbiologist someday. "I have been intrigued by everything I learn about bacteria," says Aarthi.
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Pathogenic bacteria can linger in clothes even after they've been laundered, though bleach can effectively kill these microbes. Aarthi wondered whether natural antibacterial agents, such as grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, olive leaf extract, and oil from a tropical tree called the neem could also kill bacteria in dirty laundry.
Aarthi isolated bacteria from four pairs of dirty underwear. She grew these bacteria in petri dishes and placed paper disks soaked individually in each natural antibacterial agent in each dish. After two days, she recorded the size of bacteria-free zones surrounding each agent. Aarthi discovered that grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar were the most effective agents at removing bacteria from dirty laundry.

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