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The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts recently hosted the 2019 West Central Regional Science Fair.

Science fair winners were recognized during the West Central Regional Science Fair awards ceremony on Feb. 25 in the Creativity and Innovation Complex on the ASMSA campus. The top three winners qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition. This year's fair will be held May 12-17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mary Jia of Stuttgart won first place overall for her project that studied disease resistant gene mutations in Katy rice and two mutated strains -- M2354 and LMM1. She searched for genes related to disease resistance in the rice strains.

Rachel Stall of Clarksville won second-place overall. She is the first two-year qualifier from ASMSA for the international fair. At the 2018 international fair, she earned a full-tuition scholarship from Drexel University. Her project included a study of the water quality of the Gulpha Creek watershed in Hot Springs National Park.

Callen Gast of Cabot won third place overall with a project that featured a mathematical equation to track the movement of microplastics in ocean currents.

School on 04/14/2019

Print Headline: ASMSA science fair winners announced

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