PCA Sophomore Will Compete at the 55th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

David Brackett, a sophomore at Portsmouth Christian Academy High School, recently competed in the 2017 Northern New England Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held on March 30 at UNH. Honored to be one of just five students in the region invited to present, his research project titled “Mealworms versus Styrofoam” revealed the bioremediation potential of mealworms creating biodegradable waste from the consumption of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. David now will go on to compete as one of 230 high school students in the 55th National JSHS, being held April 26-30 in San Diego, CA. He is looking forward to this expense paid trip as one of the top finishers from regional competitions around the country to showcase their original research projects and compete for honor, scholarships and cash awards. JSHS is organized by the Academy of Applied Sciences with the sponsorship of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and to provide recognition for their achievements. About 10,000 secondary students nationwide participate through 48 university-based regional symposia. For more information visit jshs.org.