Bangor high school senior wins top prize at national science competition

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor High School senior who invented a gadget for improving water quality received one of three first-place awards — worth $150,000 — during the recent Intel Science Talent Search awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the organizers of the 2016 event.

The awards are a program of the Society for Science & the Public and the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science and math competition, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Paige Brown, 17, of Bangor won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good, which recognizes a finalist who demonstrates great scientific potential through their passion to make a difference.

Brown studied the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli levels and five with high phosphate contamination levels.

Brown’s research project, titled “Identifying and Remediating the Sources of Pollution in Impaired Bangor Streams,” won the Maine Stockholm Junior Water Prize last year, and she took home a fourth-place award of $500 in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last spring, where she was awarded a full four-year scholarship to Drexel University.

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Source: Bangor Daily News

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