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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 1999
SDSM& T STUDENTS EXCEL TO INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
John Keefner and Mark Hanhardt of Sturgis traveled to Novo Hamburgo, Brazil this past November to represent the United States at the 14th Annual Mostratec – a South American International Science Fair. John and Mark are graduates of Sturgis Brown High School, and now attend the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. John is a geological engineering major, and Mark is majoring in physics at Tech.
Their road to Brazil began when they took first place at the High Plains Regional Science Fair held last March at the School of Mines. Their project was concerned with superconductors and how they affect the formation of ice. Their next stop was the 1999 International Science and Engineering Fair held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they took first place in the team division. Their success then led them to represent the United States and compete in the 14th Annual Mostratec, a South American International Science Fair held in Southern Brazil this past November.
Culture shock, a language barrier, and very impressive competition greeted the two as they began their week and a half long visit to Brazil. To learn more about John and Mark’s experience competing at the 14th Annual Mostratec, read the attached document written by John shortly after their return. If you are interested in learning more about their trip, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at 394- 6082 to coordinate a meeting with John and/ or Mark.
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