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.
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.
Midwood High School, NY/U.S.
Teacher: Denise Aubrey
School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, TN/U.S.
Teacher: Kimberlie McCue
South Side High School, NY/U.S.
Teacher: Todd Russo
Montgomery Blair High School, MD/U.S.
Teacher: Angelique Bosse
Crystal Springs Uplands High School, CA/U.S.
Teacher: Chris Read
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.