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( April 11, 1997)
SDSM& T’S SKILL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT AISES NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR/ TWO STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Six American Indian students from SDSM& T’s Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership ( SKILL) program won awards at the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society ( AISES) National Science and Engineering Fair. The event was held April 2- 5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Two of Tech’s SKILL students also were selected to represent AISES at the International Science and Engineering Fair ( ISEF). Aelgifa Hong- Ruddy and Heidi Peterson from Rapid City Central High School won first place for their behavioral sciences team project, “ How It Works.” Aelgifa and Heidi are the first SKILL students to be selected to attend the ISEF. Only twelve students from over 800 projects were selected to participate in the ISEF, which will be held May 10- 16, 1997, in Louisville, KY.
Other students from SDSM& T’s SKILL program who won awards at the AISES National Science and Engineering Fair are as follows with their school, award, and project name:
Cassie Brewer, North Middle School, Rapid City -- National Metric Association Award
and 8th Grade Environmental Science Special Award
Project: “ How Does Storm Water Runoff Affect Rapid Creek?”
Jenny Bissonette, Central High School, Rapid City -- Grand Prize Traditional Award, 9th
Project: “ Growth Effects on Plants and Vegetables”
Alejandra Lara, Dakota Middle School, Rapid City -- 3rd Place 7th Grade Physical Science
Project: “ Inflation vs. Distance”
Stephanie Thome, North Middle School, Rapid City -- 3rd Place, 8th Grade Chemistry
Project: “ Wake Up to a Bowl of Water Solubles”
Other students from SDSM& T’s SKILL program who participated in the AISES National Science and Engineering Fair include: Lisa Burnette; Crystal Anne Yellow Eagle; Stephanie Back; Tyler Fisher; Julie Jennings; and Madelynn Ducheneaux.
The SKILL program is an effort by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to help this nation overcome an expected shortage of professionals in math and science fields. The mission of the SKILL program is to develop and support academic training emphasizing mathematics, science and engineering to enable minority students -- principally American Indian students -- to enroll in and graduate from post- secondary institutions.
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