Friday, April 30, 2010

How to earn $50,000 in High School: Epidemiology

From the Philly Enquirer:

Posted on Tue, Apr. 27, 2010

2 area high school girls win public-health contest

Two area teenagers were awarded first prizes Monday in the country's top public-health contest for high school students. Shoshanna Golden, 17, of Allentown, and Gazelle Zerafati, 16, of Villanova, took top honors in the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition, which ended Sunday in Washington. Each won a $50,000 college scholarship.
Golden, a junior at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, won for her research project "Energy Epidemic: Teen Perception and Consumption of Energy Drinks." The project examined how much her peers know of the possible health risks of energy drinks.

Zerafati, a junior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, won for her project "Epidemiology of Migraine in Teenage Girls, A Student Population-Based Study." Zerafati, who suffers from migraines, surveyed classmates to learn what they knew about the crippling headaches. - Sam Wood

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