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Press Release: Nashville, TN; Hackensack, NJ; Portland, OR; Long Island, NY; Potomac, MD
 

 

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.

 

 

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
 

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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

 

 


 

 

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
 


 

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


 

 

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