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Sequim High School Sophomore Receives Science Award

Sequim High School:

Sean Weber was recently awarded first place for his oral presentation to the Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WJSHS).  His presentation was titled Myco-Treatment of Marine Oil Spills for the use of mushroom tissues to adsorb, absorb, disburse and remediate oil spills in ocean waters.  Sean was also awarded a scholarship to any college of his choice matched by a second scholarship to attend Seattle Pacific University.  The WJSHS event was held at Seattle Pacific University over a two day period, during which Sean competed with 15 other finalists out of 40 Washington State high school students.  He was selected to be one of two high school students from Washington State to make oral presentations at the National JSHS that takes place on April 26 - 30, 2017, in La Jolla, California.

Sean’s research project was conducted while he was a freshman at Sequim High School as a member of the Sequim Science Fair Club.  In conjunction with Sean’s award, the WJSHS Teacher Award was given to Debra Beckett, STEM Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and Coordinator for the Sequim Science Fair Club in 2016-2017.

This project was the Science Fair Project Sean presented in poster format at the 2016 WSSEF in Bremerton.  He has also entered it in the 2017 ISWEEP competition to be held in Texas later this year. Sean overcame many obstacles at WJSHS to present and defend his project in a highly competitive and challenging environment, and went on to be selected as the best high school student in Washington State for 2017.

“Having done this for many years as a judge of student science fair projects and student mentor, I was very proud of this student’s maturity and performance in an event where the participants are all highly self-invested and motivated to WIN”, said Ron Tognazzini, Sequim Science Fair Club mentor.

Sean Weber  Debra Beckett, Sean Weber, Ron Tognazzini


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