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We have a record submission of over 700 essays this year. Essays were submitted from 45 states in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The judges enjoyed reading the essays and see what the younger generation thinks about genetics.

 

Congratulations to the 2011 winners and thank you all for participating.  Happy DNA Day!

 

 

Question 1:

In 2010, a major discovery in genetics research found that the DNA of some modern humans contains small amounts of Neanderthal DNA. Briefly explain this finding and discuss its relevance to human ancestry and evolution.

 

 

Josephine Benson

 

Grade 10

 

Teacher:

Hans Glandorff

 

Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, OH

 

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Nathan Swetlitz

 

Grade 10

 

Teacher:

Nicholas DiGiovanni


Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL

 

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Michael Zhang

 

Grade 10

 

Teacher:

Maria Zeitlin Trinkle

 

Smithtown High School East, St. James, NY

 

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Sai Gourisankar

R.L. Paschal High School, Forts Worth, TX
Teacher: Wendy Yanney

Abhinav Goyal

Schools for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
Teacher: Angela Eeds

Aditi Kulkarni

St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN
Teacher: Tina Barsky

Jesse Menville

Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Michael Liva

Hunter Peterson

Ames High School, Ames, IA
Teacher: Craig Walter

 

Meera Ramakrishnan

The Winsor School, Boston, MA
Teacher: Tone Rawlings

 

Marina Shayevich

Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ
Teacher: Linda Strauss

Pavel Vlasov

Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD
Teacher: Clinton Brown

 

Eric Yi

Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD

Teacher: Rebecca Firoved

 

 


 

Question 2:

A number of companies offer genetic testing directly to consumers, bypassing the involvement of physicians and genetic counselors. Discuss whether you think this is a good idea or not. You might focus on medical, ethical, legal, or social dimensions of this issue.

 

 

Heba Bhat

 

Grade 9


Teacher:

Judith Jones

 

East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

 

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Julia Kroll

 

Grade 11

 

Teacher:

Cindy Kellor


James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, WI

 

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Julianna Hsing

 

Grade 11

 

Teacher:

Anat Schwartz


Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD

 

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Maggie Feith

Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg, TN
Teacher: Deborah Gatlin

Helena Jankowski

Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center, Battle Creek, MI
Teacher: Mary Lindow

Peter Luu

Poolesville High School, Poolesville, MD
Teacher: Patricia Miller

Nicole Park

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma City, OK
Teacher: Brent Richards

Mark Pesto

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown, PA
Teacher: Jennifer Miller

 

Andy Rodgers

James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, WI
Teacher: Cindy Kellor

 

Ellen Schneider

DeForest High School, DeForest, WI
Teacher: Rebecca McDermid

Emily Shea

Smithtown High School East, St. James, NY
Teacher: Maria Trinkle

 

Allen Zhao

Hebron High School, Carrollton, TX

Teacher: Patricia Ehsani

 

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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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