Three local high school students will join some of the top high school science students from all over the nation competing for prize money and prestige at the 49th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in San Diego, April 27-May 1.


Three local high school students will join some of the top high school science students from all over the nation competing for prize money and prestige at the 49th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in San Diego, April 27-May 1.
A $12,000 scholarship will be awarded to the top teenage scientist in each of seven categories with lesser amounts going to the second and third place winners.  Among past research endeavors have been projects exploring solutions to alternative energy, developing patented technology to improve wastewater treatment, genetic research in diabetes to benefit a family member, and the development of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Those attending from the lake area include:

Kevin Bird (Camdenton High School) Kishan Patwl (Camdenton High School) Bailee Slack (Camdenton High School)

A distinguished group of doctors, engineers and scientists currently on the frontlines of groundbreaking science will be in San Diego to share their stories and their breakthroughs, including none other than the man instrumental in the success of the world’s first-ever complete face transplant, Dr. Joachim Kohn, director of Rutgers-Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kohn will address the students on Thursday, April 28th at 11:30am.  Equally anticipated will be the presentation on Saturday, April 30th at 7pm, by former astronaut Scott "D-Bear" Altman who commanded the Space Shuttle on the last NASA servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.  Throughout the event will be talks and presentation by many other prominent science, technology, and military personnel.
The 49th National JSHS brings together over 360 participants, including 240 high school students who advanced to the National competition by presenting the results of their independent Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects at 48 university-held regional symposia.  Parents, mentors, high school teachers, university faculty and military guests will attend and join in celebrating the student’s achievements.
Student finalists will present the results of their independent research investigations in STEM within the seven competitive sessions held on Friday, April 29th and Saturday April 30th.  Rear Admiral Patrick H. Brady, Commander of SPAWAR, will present the awards at a formal banquet on Saturday night.  The seven first place finalists will receive an all expense paid trip to the London International Youth Science Forum in addition to the $12,000 scholarship award.
The JSHS is administered by the Academy of Applied Science based in Concord, NH. The Academy is a nationally recognized educational resource center which provides and develops innovative educational opportunities for our nation’s youth in science and mathematics. The Academy provides a cross section of programs ranging from research apprenticeships to nurturing the minds of young inventors and future entrepreneurs.
The National JSHS Program is a tri-service sponsored effort aimed at encouraging and recognizing the next generation of scientific talent.  Sponsors include: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC., in cooperation with higher education.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will host the 49th National JSHS.  The program will feature innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) achievements at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and by other contributing San Diego research and development organizations.  SPAWAR’s participation serves to support and encourage these talented youth to become our nation’s future scientific leaders and innovators.