Catharine Bowman from St. Mary Secondary School was the big winner at the 54th Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair.
Catharine picked up the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Pinnacle Best-in-Fair Award for her project.
Her project focused on discovering a natural treatment for the lymphedema — an incurable condition characterized by a buildup of protein-rich fluids that can result after lymph nodes have been removed from cancer surgery.
Burlington student Calvin Rieder claimed second place, while third prize went to Arjuna Maharaj from Ancaster High.
Bowman, Rieder and Maharaj have qualified to travel to Los Angeles, Calif., in May to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Sixteen students with top projects will also advance to the Canada Wide Science Fair in May in Windsor. These include local students Jessica Bohm, Claire Hunter, Patrick Lutz and Isabella O’Brien of St. Augustine, and Federico Cao and Adree Khondker from Westdale.
Ancaster-based students who earned the judges’ attention and awards were Eunice Chan, Lily Wu and Akash Thapar.
As well, awards were handed out to Dundas students Riley Bennett, Ross Colborne, Benjamin Denomey, Emily Egan, Eryn Johnston,Noah Michelsen, Parsa Norouzian, Radha Patel, Kaitlyn Pathak, Dylan Patrick, Reid Perusini, Paul Robson, Naomi Terhljan, William Tsounis, Sam Wilson, Adam Della Ventura, Rachel Opsteen, Avery Schmalz and Seth Stefanchuk.
Complete winner information is available on the BASEF website at www.basef.ca.