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ADA Foundation awards prizes in annual high school science competition

July 15, 2013

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

—Three high school students won ADA Foundation-sponsored Special Awards May 12-17 at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Top honors: Dr. Jae Hyun Park stands with Hope Louise Didier (left) and Bryant Jo Heckart (right), ADAF-sponsored Special Award winners of the Intel ISEF 2013, at the awards ceremony in Phoenix in May. Not pictured is winner Niyanthesh A. Reddy. Photo courtesy Society for Science & the Public


Student competitors qualify for Intel ISEF 2013 based on previously winning top prizes in local, regional, state or national science fairs. The annual competition, a partnership between Society for Science & the Public and the Intel Foundation, awards a variety of prizes, including scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips, to student winners in the ninth through 12th grades.

Winners of the ADA Foundation's Special Awards are Bryant Jo Heckart, Hope Louise Didier and Niyanthesh A. Reddy.

Mr. Heckart, 17, a student at Seneca High School, Seneca, Mo., won first place and a prize of $2,000 for his project Determining Antimicrobial and Synergistic Properties of Select Plant Essential Oils against Clinical Isolates of Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli: Phase II.

Ms. Didier, 15, a student at McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga., won the second prize of $1,000 for her project The Effects of Synsepalum dulcificum on the Taste of Foods at Different pH Levels.

Mr. Reddy, 15, a student at Vanguard High School, Ocala, Fla., won the third award and $500 for his project Genetic Analysis of Oral Periodontal Pathogens in the Development of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease.

Dr. Jae Hyun Park, associate professor and chair of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program, and Dr. Morrie Reisbick, professor and director of Integrated Human Sciences and Student Research, both of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A. T. Still University, served as competition judges for the ADAF's Special Award category.

For more information, visit Society for Science. For more information about the ADAF, visit the ADA foundation.