Research Project Goes National
PHS senior's research project advances to national competition
Posted on 02/26/2014
Marlin Wright
Marlin Wright, a senior at Pepperell High School and student in Healthcare Science at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, wowed the judges at the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium hosted by the University of Georgia on Tuesday to finish fifth in the competition.  Wright made the top twelve of the original 50 finalist in the academic competition on Monday to advance to the final presentations.  The fifth place finish qualifies Wright for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium to be held April 23-27 in Washington, D.C.   He will also get to attend the United States Military Research Science & Engineering Festival held at the same time in the nation's capital.  Wright’s research examined the effects of strobe light as a stressor on the behavior of mice.   

Wright is taking a healthcare science pathway and the honors Anatomy Physiology class at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy. He designed his research project from work in both classes.  This is the first year that academic courses have been taught alongside the career pathway courses at the College and Career Academy. Taking both academic and career pathway courses on the same campus has stimulated collaborative efforts between instructors and enabled student to use the knowledge learned in academic classes in their career pathway classes.  The combination is allowing students to understand why they are learning academic concepts and how this information can build a strong foundation for college and career preparation.  

The symposium at UGA was designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students competed for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Participants also participated in hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking during the symposium. 

JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress.

Wright is an honors student with a 4.0 GPA.  He has been accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Georgia and plans to pursue a medical degree and career.