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Pullman High School Student Among Washington Tracking Network Youth Science Contest Winners

OLYMPIA — Washington State Department of Health (DOH) congratulates the winners of the first annual Washington Tracking Network (WTN) Youth Science Contest including Xingjian Ma from Pullman High School.

The WTN Youth Science Contest is an opportunity for high school students in Washington state to develop their science and communication skills by engaging with health and environmental data from their own communities.

Second-place winner Christina Jones, a ninth-grader at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, said, “Through this experience engaging in WTN’s Youth Science Contest, we have learned so many invaluable life skills and adopted a community-focused perspective we will carry with us for a lifetime.”

Winning projects ranged from research papers to poems and were divided into three tracks: Health Science, Community Engagement, and Science Communication. Winning projects were selected based on their content, health and equity impact, and presentation. Each track was judged separately by relevant experts within DOH.

Jennifer Sabel, WTN manager, said, “We designed the contest to have a broader appeal than traditional science contests because we wanted all students to realize how science and equity can relate to their interests.”

All winning projects can be viewed on the WTN website. Student and school information may be suppressed at student and/or parent request.

Health Science:

Individual Division

1st Place – Relationship Between Hiking and Melanoma in Washington State, by Saisha Lakkoju, Bothell High School

2nd Place (tie) – Mental Health of Washington State Youth, by Cherie Suzuki, Interlake High School

2nd Place (tie) – The Association Between Air Stagnation and Melanoma Incidence in Washington and the Racial Disparity in Melanoma Care, by Jamie K.

3rd Place – Connection Between ACEs and Addiction, by Xingjian Ma, Pullman High School

Group Division

1st Place – Poverty and Disability in Washington State, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur, and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Place – Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Washington, by Connor Wakefield, Dacotah P., and a student that wishes to not be named, Shorecrest High School

Community Engagement:

Individual Division

1st Place – Adolescent Mental Health in Washington, by Minseo Kim, Shorewood High School

2nd Place – STIs in Young Adults, by Simon Feist, Saint George’s School

3rd Place – Get Tested Get Treated, by Rachel Kollarmalil, Liberty High School

Group Division

1st Place – The English Support Network, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur, and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Place – A Washington that Works for Everyone: Transportation Reformed, by Christina Jones and Jonnika Kwon, Holy Names Academy

3rd Place – Breast Cancer Screening, by Sarah Feng and Gretchen Forsythe, Shorewood High School

Science Communication:

Individual Division

1st Place – Secondhand Smoke PSA, by Jonah Chesnut, Shorecrest High School

2nd Place – Smoking Causes Lung Cancer PSA, by Jazmin Austria-Ball, Shorecrest High School

Group Division

1st Place – Fentanyl Facts, by Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur, and Meha Shah, Eastlake High School

2nd Place – Toxic Survival, by Flora Cummings and Lyla Higgins, Shorecrest High School

3rd Place – Asthma Science Communication Project for Teens, by Sofia Vila Vignali, Mila, and Bryan C., Shorecrest High School

WTN is a DOH program that makes public health data more accessible. The mission of WTN is to provide health and environmental data and tools, develop partnerships, and inform data-driven policy and programmatic decisions, with the goal of improving health and health equity in Washington.

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