Oct. 16, 2020-- Kaitlyn Culbert—last seen winning first place at the Jersey Shore Science Fair and Delaware Valley Science Fair while at Intermediate North—is now a student a High School North. And she’s still winning first place.

Katie’s science proposal focusing on essential oils and Varroa mites in honeybees was selected for first place in the middle school division of the 2020 AEOP (Army Education Outreach Program) National Science Challenge.

To date, Katie has interviewed with AEOP bee biologists and has networked for her project with Dr. Cameron Jack from the University of Florida; Dr. Rob Hutchinson and Ron McKreage from Stockton University; professor Mike Haberland from Rutgers University; commercial bee farmer Randy Oliver; and Jeff Vitale and Clifford Moore of the NJ Beekeepers Association.

AEOP is the program which sponsors the district’s Camp Invention as well as the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium that enable ASR (authentic science research) students to compete in science-based projects.

The awards ceremony can be accessed here. Congratulations, Katie!

Kaitlyn Culbert

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