Winning Research Team Awarded Washington Trip

As the winning team in the National Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, the ThINK Discovery Science Research Program from High School East traveled to Washington, D.C., to be honored during the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s ninth annual conference, "Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Economy through Innovation.”
The BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge winning student team – Lexington Zografakis, Sydney Bracht, Sidney Davis and Catriona Sheppard – along with research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, were recognized before an audience of hundreds of bioenergy professionals including scientists, administrators and stakeholders. The team’s winning infographic “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fuel of the Future,” which combined artistic styling, scientific research and clear representations about the process as well as the advantages and obstacles of cellulosic ethanol as a fuel source, was displayed throughout the event.
The top three teams were counted down in a live webinar announcement hosted by the Bioenergy Office. “The excitement was palpable,” Zeitlin said. “All of the students celebrated together when we realized we swept the competition and placed first, second and third. The topic of bioenergy is relevant in today’s scientific climate, and the infographic challenge provided the opportunity to go beyond the typical classroom curriculum.”

The High School East team spent three days in Washington, D.C., with BETO staff where they were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library of Congress. The team spent the afternoon at the U.S. Capitol meeting with their Congressman Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York.