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CWSF 2009 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Oliver Jourmel is a grade 10 student at Frances Kelsey Secondary School on Vancouver Island, BC. He plays violin and piano, and sings in a choir, and enjoys soccer, fencing, juggling, and riding his bike. He is interested in politics, drama, debating and enjoys his self-paced school. He hopes to study law, science and music at university, to pursue a career in teaching and politics. He has done lots of Science Fair projects over the years, winning his division several times and is very happy to be on the BC team at the Canada-Wide Fair for the second time!

Oliver Jourmel

Soil Amending Properties of Charcoal
Division:International / None
Region:Vancouver Island
City:Duncan, BC
School:Frances Kelsey Secondary
Abstract:This experiment tested the ability of charcoal to retain and release nutrients and water, compared to gravel of the same approximate size as the control. Nutrients and water were passed through home-constructed cartridges of charcoal and of gravel. A colorimeter was used to determine the concentration of the nutrients retained and subsequently released, and charcoal was found to have superior retention and slower release.

Awards Value
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 500.00
Silver Medal - Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Sponsor: Encana Corporation
Total$2 200.00