Students compete at science symposium

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Students from Placer and Colfax high schools attended the 50th annual Northern California Western Nevada Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium March 8-10. 

The symposium was hosted by The Naval Postgraduate School of Monterey and the California State University, Monterey Bay, and was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside. This event included public, private, parochial and home-school high school teachers and students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear world and nationally renowned scientists speak on their research projects. They also visited laboratories of practicing university and industrial scientists and talked informally with university students and scientists about career opportunities. Student presenters at the JSHS competed for university scholarships and the opportunity to attend the National Symposium.

The Research Offices of U.S. Armed Forces, as well as corporations, foundations and individual donors, covered the cost of food and lodging for participants.

Placer High attendees were Lee Melbourne-Weaver, John Worthington, Cynthia Davis and teacher Thomas Schroeder. Representing Colfax were Gabrielle Roberts, Anderson Vereyken, Emily Zentner and parent Sharon Vereyken.

Financial assistance for the Colfax High School students was provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Post 2003, to cover registration fees and travel expenses.  On April 3, Anderson Vereyken presented a summary of the JSHS to the VFW Auxiliary group and thanked members for their support of this opportunity.