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This year we received nearly 600 essays, almost double that of last year. Essays were submitted from 44 states in the U.S., Canada, Italy, and Bangladesh. The judges enjoyed reading the essays, and it is always interesting to see what the younger generation thinks about genetics.

Congratulations to the 2010 winners and thank you all for participating. Happy DNA Day!

Question 1:

Scientists can now determine the complete DNA sequences of organisms, including humans. Now that this milestone has been reached, is there a reason to continue learning about Mendel, alleles, and inheritance patterns? Explain your answer.

Take-home Ideas

 

Taylor Medwig

 

Smithtown High School East

St. James, NY

Teacher: Maria Trinkle


 

Patreece Suen

 

Tulatin High School/Partnership for Scientific Inquiry at Oregon Health and Science U

Portland, OR

Teacher: Richard Rosenbaum 


 

Anthony Arena

 

Bergen County Academies

Hackensack, NJ

Teacher: Todd Crane


Honorable Mentions

Regina Cai, Bergen County Academies,
Hackensack, NJ 
Teacher: Michael Liva
Jiahui Zhang, Lincoln High School/Partnership for Scientific Inquiry at Oregon Health and Science U,
Portland, OR
Teacher: Richard Rosenbaum
Tianhao He, Walter Johnson High School,
Kensington, MD
Teacher: Joan McDermott
Chen Zhuang, Hershey High School,
Hershey, PA
Teacher: Erik Barber
Riley Ennis, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology,
Alexandria, VA
Teacher: Robin Taylor
Nicole Clark, Centennial High School,
Boise, ID
Teacher: Erin Tiderman
Ashley Semanskee, Edmonds-Woodway High,
Edmonds, WA
Teacher: Kelly Hayes
Junyoung Choi, Bergen County Academies,
Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Judith Pinto

Take-home Ideas

Question 2:

Genetic testing allows geneticists to determine an individual’s DNA sequence, and research has identified a number of genes, such as HMGA2 and GDF5, that are associated with height. Will such associations allow scientists and physicians to predict a person’s final adult height from infancy? Explain your answer.

 

Jyotishka Biswas

 

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt


Nashville, TN

Teacher: Angela Eeds


 

Won Ryan Lee

 

Bergen County Academies


Hackensack, NJ

Teacher: Todd Crane


 

William Kovacs

 

Winston Churchill High School


Potomac, MD

Teacher: Virginia Brown



Honorable Mentions

Alexandra McHale, 
Smithtown High School East,
St. James, NY
Teacher: Maria Trinkle
Akaash Gupta,
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology,
Alexandria, VA
Teacher: Andrea Cobb
Victor Hu,
Bergen County Academies,
Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Todd Crane
Matthew Kim,
Bergen County Academies,
Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Judith Pinto
Katherine Benson,
The University School,
Johnson City, TN
Teacher: Richard Rollins
Emily Shea,
Smithtown High School East,
St. James, NY
Teacher: Maria Trinkle
Anne Xia,
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School,
Vancouver, Canada
Teacher: Stella Horng
John Lewis,
Kinkiad School,
Houston, TX
Teacher: Sonia Clayton


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