For Immediate Release
April 30, 1999

Contact: Tom MacKenzie
404/679-7291

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Honors Science Students

Once a year for the past 51 years, the University of Georgia has served as the "fairgrounds" for a science fair in which students exhibit their knowledge in a kind of scientific Olympics.

After surviving the qualifying rounds held at schools and local and regional/district science fairs, more than 600 projects vie for 180 sponsored awards at The Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.

For many years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, has been a proud sponsor of four awards to recognize students with exceptional projects in the fields of environmental science and zoology.

Through the years, three Service employees, Drs. Frank Bowers, Richard Coon, and Jim Brown, have served as judges.

"It's an all-day event to judge and interview the middle-and high-school youngsters, but judges consider themselves the real winners," said Bowers. "These 12-18 year olds are truly interested and involved in science. The kids are a breath of fresh air with their enthusiasm and energy. I always look forward to dealing with youngsters committed to, and showing, diligent efforts and pride in their projects."

"I agree completely with Dr. Bowers and always say yes to judging this event," said Brown. "Since my son was a past competitor, I know first-hand the many hours of hard work which are put into each project and how much it means to them to participate."

The following are 1999 Winners of the Service awards, presented April 10, 1999, at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair:

Amelia Anne Marie Beaver, 1st. Place Junior Division, Zoology

Project: The Uptake of Underwater Pollutants by Bivalvia Elliptio Aquillis,

School: Lowndes Middle School, Valdosta, Georgia

John Thomas Kowalchuk, 1st Place Junior Division, Environmental Sciences

Project: Does Industry Have an Impact on Local Marshes?

School: Glynn Middle School, Brunswick, Georgia

Rhett Nicholson Willis, 1st Place Senior Division, Zoology.

Project: Does Water Temperature Effect Hermit Crab Habitat?

School: The Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, Georgia

Whitaker Lee Dawson, 1st Place, Senior Division, Environmental Sciences.

Project: The Effects of Silviculture on the Endangered Species Hairy Rattlew.

School: Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Georgia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprising more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries and 78 Ecological Services field offices. The agency administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, enforces federal wildlife laws, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies.

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