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CWSF 2007 - Truro, Nova Scotia

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Michael - From Markham, Ontario, Michael Verdirame is an accomplished Grade 12 student and student leader at Brother Andre Catholic High School. Growing up on a near a large forest, Michael quickly developed an appreciation for the life sciences and the outdoors. Last year, he co-founded the Recycling Committee at his school. In his spare time, he enjoys riding and racing his dirt bike in the great outdoors.
Kinsey - I am currently in my last semester of high school, and the first semester of my grade twelve year was spent at the Ontario Science Centre Science School. I am an active part of the student community and vice president of the Luke 4:18 social justice councilmat my school. My time is divided between volunteering at an old age and art, which I am very passionate about. I am hoping to pursue a career in medicine and possibly ophthalmology.

Michael Verdirame, Kinsey Lam

Onion Power
Division:Engineering & Computing Sciences / None
City:Markham, ON
School:Brother André Catholic H.S.
Abstract:In attempt to find a more efficient method of producing ethanol from organic matter, Allium cepa (onions) were fermented by Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). This method produced up to 0.22 grams of ethanol per kilogram of onions in a high school laboratory setting. Using a combination of results and statistical analysis, onions may be the favourable crop for ethanol.

Awards Value
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$4 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$2 000.00
Gold Medal - Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sponsor: Petro-Canada
$1 500.00
Total$11 500.00