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Westwood's best and brightest heading to national science fair

Last Updated May 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm MDT

Westwood students (from left) Aditya Ayri, Sujit Velmurugan, Caprinder Nanrey and Francois Marais will represent "Team Wood Buffalo" at the Canada-Wide Science Fair on May 15-17, 2019, at Fredericton, N.B. to present their remarkable science projects. Photo supplied by Fort McMurray Public School District

Some of our region’s youngest and brightest scientific minds are going to the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).

Four students from Westwood Community High School (WCHS) will represent Team Wood Buffalo at the science fair.

Organizers of the 12th annual Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair (WBRSF) made the announcement at Shell Place.

Aditya Ayri, Sujit Velmurugan, Caprinder Nanrey and Francois Marais won the distinction for their ingenious projects.

16-year-old Ayri won with his project, which is a device that combats autoimmune disorders.

Ayri will attend the CWSF for a second time.

“I am honoured and excited to head to the CWSF, and hope to do FMPSD and Westwood proud.”

Also, fellow grade-10 student Velmurugan received similar accolades.

He used cost-effective water, electricity, and light calibration for use in commercial indoor farming.

Joining them at the national science fair are 16-year-old Nanrey and 15-year-old Marais.

They partnered to build an upgrade for computer anti-virus programs.

The Fort McMurray Public School District solidifies their reputation for moulding students that think creatively about solving world issues.

“After discussing the projects with our region’s students, you can safely say that curiosity, ingenuity, and innovative thinking is rich amongst our youth.” Says Vicki Dawe, WCHS science teacher and WBRSF board president. “It is important to note, though, that this is also due to the support of school staff throughout our team’s younger years. It takes a team to build a team.”

All four will attend the CWSF in Frederiction, N.B. which runs from May 15-17, 2019.

Facts and figures

  • The Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair hosted 166 students from across Fort McMurray
  • The students presented as many as 132 projects.
  • Fort McMurray Public School District collected 27 out of 33 medals.
  • The FMPSD also received 23 out of 27 special awards.