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This year, we received 300 essays from high school students in the U.S., Canada, and other countries, such as China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Ghana. The geneticist judges enjoyed reading the essays, and it is refreshing to see what the younger generation thinks about genetics.



Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for participating.  Happy DNA Day!



Question 1: Some traits come in two varieties (for example, Mendel’s round and wrinkled peas with the green and yellow colors). Do all traits for all species come in only two varieties? Justify your answer by explaining the relationship between genes and traits.

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Will Kovacs

Winston Churchill High School, MD/U.S
Teacher: Virginia Brown


Sawwon Lee

Bergen County Academies, NJ/U.S.
Teacher: Carol Zepatos


Jonathan Ho

Windward School, CA/U.S.
Teacher: Simon Huss


Melanie Jorgenson

Incarnate Word Academy, MO/U.S. 
Teacher: Trudy Swan

Labib Rahman

Manarat Dhaka International College, Bangladesh
Teacher: Abu Hayat, Md. Sharif

Yi "Amy Xiao

Montgomery Blair High School, MD/U.S.
Teacher: Elizabeth Duval





Question 2: What is (are) the cause(s) of human health and disease? Explain your answer using one or more specific examples.

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Anika Ahmed
Midwood High School, NY/U.S.
Teacher: Denise Aubrey


Jyotishka Biswas
School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, TN/U.S.
Teacher: Kimberlie McCue

Leah Buchman
South Side High School, NY/U.S.
Teacher: Todd Russo


Wenjing Chen
Montgomery Blair High School, MD/U.S.
Teacher: Angelique Bosse


James Evans
Crystal Springs Uplands High School, CA/U.S.
Teacher: Chris Read

Darren Mensch
Muncy High School, PA/U.S
Teacher: Mark Temons

Jon Moller
Walnut Hulls High School, OH/U.S.
Teacher: Rajni Harsh


Travis Stewart, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, SC/U.S. 
Teacher: Lisa Norman



About the DNA Day Essay Contest


The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions.


Essays are read and scored by at least two independent judges. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner are chosen for each question.


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