2024 DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

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Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated. Happy DNA Day!

2024 Question

Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.

1st Place: Megan Xie, Grade 12
First Place winner Megan Xie courtesy of  Lower Moreland High School
(Huntingdon Vy, Pennsylvania)

2024 Winners

1st Place: Megan Xie, Grade 12
Teacher: Mrs. Margot Bram
School: Lower Moreland High School
Location: Huntingdon Vy, Pennsylvania

2nd Place: Macey Hunter, Grade 12
Teacher: Ms. Cameron Simpkins
School: Fayetteville High School
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

3rd Place: Justin Lin, Grade 11
Teacher: Ms. Kailin Duan
School: San Marino High School
Location: San Marino, California

Honorable Mentions

Ashley Andrew
Lawerence E. Elkins High School
Missouri City, Texas
Teacher: Ms. Raquel Ardoin
Elizabeth Barna
College Heights Secondary School
Prince George, Canada
Mr. Christopher Wadson
Kevin Guo
Horace Greeley High School
Chappaqua New York
Teacher: Mr. Paul Bianchi
Ajin Jo
CheongShim International Academy
Gapyeong Gun, South Korea
Teacher: Ms. Geun Jung Yi
Siddharth Kumar Gopal
St. Thomas Residential School
Thiruvananthapuram, India
Teacher: Ms. Siggi Kochuthresia
Anvita K
Trenton, New Jersey
Robert Lin
Westmount Charter School
Calgary, Canada
Teacher: Ms. Allison Pinnock
Omar Reyes
The Awty International School
Houston, Texas
Teacher: Ms. Shirley Chu
Zoravar Singh
Singapore American School
Singapore, Singapore
Teacher: Dr. David Knuffke
Tuan Tran
Indian Springs School
Indian Springs, Alabama
Teacher: Dr. Jeffrey Sides
Hongyi Wei
Dougherty Valley High School
San Ramon, California
Teacher: Mr. Andrew Shigo

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About the Contest

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.

Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges.

Read the 2024 DNA Day Essay Contest Announcement Press Release.

Questions/Comments: Contact dnaday@ashg.org

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