The Department of Health has announced the winners of the science competition

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) congratulates the winners of the annual Washington Tracking Network (WTN) Youth Science Competition.

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

Christina Jones ranked second, 9ththA student at Holy Names Academy in Seattle said: “Through this experience participating in the WTN Youth Science Competition, we have learned many invaluable life skills and taken a community-based approach that will carry us throughout our lives.”

The winning projects ranged from research to poetry and were divided into three areas: Health Sciences, Community Participation, and Science Communication. The winning projects were selected based on their impact, content, and equity impact and presentation. Each track was judged separately by relevant DOH experts.

Jennifer Sabel, manager of WTN, said: “We designed the competition to be more attractive than traditional science competitions because we wanted all students to realize how science and equity can relate to their interests.”

All the winning projects can be viewed on the website WTN website. Student and school information may be deleted at the request of students and / or parents.

Health Sciences:

Individual Department

1st Venue – The relationship between mountaineering and melanoma in Washington State by Saisha Lakkoju from Bothell High School

2nd Venue (Draw) – Washington State Youth Mental Health by Cherie Suzuki at Interlake High School

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

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

Team Department

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

2nd Venue – Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Washington by Connor Wakefield, Dacotah P. and an unnamed student at Shorecrest High School

Community Involvement:

Individual Department

1st Venue – Adolescent Mental Health in Washington by Minseo Kim from Shorewood High School

2nd Venue – ITS Young Adults, led by Simon Feist, Saint George’s School

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

Team Department

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

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

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

Science Communication:

Individual Department

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

2nd Location – Smoking causes lung cancer PSA, Jazmin Austria-Ball, Shorecrest High School

Team Department

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

2nd Venue – Toxic Survival by Flora Cummings and Lyla Higgins from Shorecrest High School

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

WTN is a DOH program that makes public health data more accessible. WTN’s mission is to provide health and environmental data and tools, develop partnerships, and inform data-driven policies and programmatic decisions to improve Washington’s health and health equity.


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