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Photo: Jacquie Gulevich presenting her award winning algae research project/ Sean Assor

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A keen interest in science has the potential to provide a great opportunity for a student at North Peace Secondary School.

At Wednesday’s Regional Science Fair, which took place at the NPSS, a seventeen year old student’s project received very high praise. Jacquie Gulevich, a grade 11 student at the school was awarded the third semi-finalist spot in B.C.’s Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. The contest required a video to be posted on Youtube, discussing the idea of their experiment.

Gulevich’s winning project asked the question weather or not oil could be extracted from algae, in order to produce biofuel. Her idea originated from concern over the blue-green algae found in Charlie Lake.

After extracting algae from the Lake, as well as cultivating her own, she says there is a possibility biofuel can be produced.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm presented Jacquie with a $250 prize package as well as the news she had been awarded the third spot in the province’s contest. Gulevich will now wait for the other finalists to be selected, for a chance to win the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship to any post-secondary institution in B.C. of her choice.

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Pimm spoke about Gulevich and her project, saying she is “a great example of someone seeing a challenge and using her ingenuity, coming up with a potential science-based solution that could benefit her community.” He also expressed how impressed he is at how the community promotes science and the innovation of all the students at such a young age.

Below is the video Gulevich submitted to the B.C. Year of Science.

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