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sponsore by Life TechnologiesThis 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.

1st place - Mehara Emrich
2nd place - Laura Molina
3rd place - Stephan Wang

Honorable Mentions

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.


1st place - Micheal Kovacs
2nd place - Jennifer Li
3rd place - Sharon Hartzell

Honorable Mentions

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.

Questions/Comments: Contact dnaday@ashg.org