10th Grader from Lexington School for the Deaf Takes 3rd Place in National Science Fair
3/30/2012 10:00:00 AM
Tenth grader Jacquelyn Laescu of the Bronx brought
home the bronze for the Lexington School for
the Deaf, at a national science competition for deaf students held annually
at the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT). Her project, Healthiest Ground Meat: Which
One?, successfully proved her hypothesis that ground turkey contains
the lowest percentage of fat as compared to ground beef and ground pork.
In addition to her third
place win out of 74 budding scientists from 20 states, Jackie was also judged Most Passionate, based on her
enthusiastic presentation to the panel of eight judges. Jackie was selected to represent Lexington at the national competition after taking first
place in Lexington’s
annual science fair.
"I was extremely excited to
go to the Rochester
science fair and I am very proud of myself. I think it would be very interesting
to be a scientist or a researcher, especially someone who knows a lot about the
environment,” Jackie said after the competition.
"Jackie really delved into
the scientific process to explore deeper scientific principles. She developed a fine understanding of the
science behind the experiment,” said Grace Ann Ashley, Jackie’s science teacher
been competing at the RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s annual
science fair since 2008 and last year placed first overall. The fair promotes interest in technology,
science, engineering and math among students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
"Science fair is the highlight of the year for
our students. It lets them experience science out of a vacuum by incorporating
many different skills, including math, English, logic and public presentation.
We are extremely proud of all the students,” Ms. Ashley said.