February 28, 2011
Photo by Kristen Manieri
Tana Hanberry, a local high school student, was awarded the event’s biggest prize, the Donald Cram Scholarship, named in honor of the 1941 Rollins alumnus who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1987.
For the second year, Rollins hosted the annual Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition, an event that showcased science research from the best and brightest middle and high school students in the Central Florida area. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Florida students are below average when it comes to science compared with their peers across the country. The nearly 400 students who competed in 13 different categories at this year’s event hoped to prove this statistic wrong.
Tana Hanberry, a sophomore at Boone High School, was the winner of event’s biggest prize, the Donald Cram Scholarship, named in honor of the 1941 Rollins alumnus who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1987. Presented by Associate Professor of Biology Paul Stephenson, the $5,000 annual scholarship is renewable through four years.
“Besides supporting incredible local talent,” said Special Assistant to the President Steve Neilson, “we hope to inspire these gifted students to consider continuing their science education in a liberal arts setting like Rollins.”
The Ying Expo is an educational, non-profit organization that operates exclusively for the promotion of science in middle and high school students throughout Orange County, Florida. The science fair is affiliated both with the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. As a result, winning students from the Ying Expo will move on to state and international competitions.
For more information, please visit www.yingexpo.com.
By Kristen Manieri
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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