Baylor Student Wins Second In Nation At National JSHS

Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Baylor student Darby Schumacher wins second place at national science competition.
Baylor student Darby Schumacher wins second place at national science competition.

After winning the 2013 Tennessee Junior Academy of Sciences (TJAS) competition that took place at Belmont University in April, Baylor School junior Darby Schumacher won second place in the Environmental Science category last weekend at the 51st annual National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Dayton, Oh.

Her research paper, "A Filter Today Keeps Pollutants Away: A Study of Nanofiber Based Stormwater Filtration,” will be published in the Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science, and she will be inducted into the American Junior Academy of Science, the national honor society recognizing America's premier high school students for outstanding scientific research.

Because she had already flown home to Chattanooga on Saturday to take the SAT, Ms. Schumacher missed the awards ceremony, but says she is thrilled to have won second place in the nation and added that she received a medal from the Department of Defense, a certificate signed by the Secretary of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and an $8,000 college scholarship to the school of her choice.

For a little more than a year she has been quietly accumulating an impressive list of science awards with the same project that earned her the TJAS grand prize. At the 2012 Chattanooga Regional Science & Engineering Fair, she claimed first place in the Environmental Management category and $300 in scholarships, as well as the Army Environmental Science Award, Navy Research Award, Association of Women Geoscientists Award, Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, Water Environment Federation Award, and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Award.  She was also the 2012 Tennessee state winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition, earning a trip to Boston to compete in the U.S. SJWP competition last summer.

Also in 2012, Ms. Schumacher won a fourth place medal in the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and a trip to Washington D.C. for the National JSHS competition. And when Ms. Schumacher returned to the Chattanooga Regional Science & Engineering Fair in March 2013, she earned Second Grand Prize, which included a $300 scholarship and a trip to Phoenix later this month to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science fair, with competitors from approximately 70 countries. She also earned third place in the Environmental Management category and a $100 scholarship plus a $600 UTC Scholarship Award.

The 2013 International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) has selected Ms. Schumacher as a world finalist, earning a trip to Houston, Texas this week to compete with students from more than 60 countries and most states in the U.S.

She will represent Tennessee as a delegate at the American Junior Academy of Sciences (AJAS) Convention in Chicago, Feb. 13-17, 2014.


East Hamilton To Host Assembly Honoring Teachers Who Saved Student's Life

East Hamilton Middle/High School will host an assembly this Wednesday at 9 a.m. to honor three teachers who rose to the occasion in a life-saving emergency.  Hamilton County Emergency Services will also participate by demonstrating life-saving techniques to the entire student body of the Middle School. Student Joel Ervin was cooling down after participating in a basketball ... (click for more)

Graves Installed As 7th GPS Head

"My name is Autumn Joy Adkins Graves, and I am the seventh head of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I proudly proclaim – I will lead like a girl!"  With those words at the conclusion of her installation as GPS’s Head of School, the audience of friends, family, faculty, trustees, parents, alumnae, and students rose to their feet and offered their heartfelt ... (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)