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CWSF 2009 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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My name is Olivia Geen, and I am a grade 11 student at Moira Secondary School. I am currently in my first year of the International Baccalaureate program, and was enrolled in the Foundations and Destinations pre-IB programs in past years. I am the Fundraising Head of our Student Council, and regularly volunteer outside of school, helping at science workshops for kids and tutoring elementary students. I have enjoyed working part-time in a pharmacy for three years, and participate in cross-country, badminton, and track and field. I have my grade 7 RCM in piano, and love to read, write, learn, and hang out with friends in my spare time.

Olivia Geen

Comparing Silica Gel & Newspaper to Vermiculite as Environmental Soil Additives
Division:Engineering & Computing Sciences / Environmental Innovation
City:Belleville, ON
School:Moira S.S.
Abstract:In today’s world of escalating climate change, improving water retention in soil has become vitally important in the challenge to conserve water. It was found that recycled newspaper and pharmaceutical drying agents containing silica gel, which are otherwise thrown out by the thousands in pharmacies across the country, improved water retention in soils to the same effect as vermiculite, an existing soil additive.

Awards Value
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$1 000.00
Bronze Medal - Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sponsor: Petro-Canada
Bronze Medal - Environmental Innovation
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, Presented by VIA Rail Canada
Total$2 600.00