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Big Feat in Littleton, As 2 Students Earn National Recognition for Science Projects

September 24, 2018

Vivienne Lance's project examined possible solutions for a more effective cleanup following oil spills. Courtesy Photo Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LITTLETON -- Two freshmen at Littleton High School have earned national recognition for the science and engineering projects they completed last year.

Vivienne Lance and Mikey Taylor were selected as National Science and Engineering Fair semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. The students were honored for work they did as eighth-graders at Littleton Middle School. They both placed in the top 300 out of 2,537 applicants.

Vivienne and Mikey were two of just nine students from Massachusetts to place in the top 300.

“It’s a great accomplishment for one student to receive this honor, so to have two be recognized on a national level really is amazing,” said Valerie Finnerty, a Littleton Middle School science teacher who taught both students last year. “I’m so proud of Vivienne and Mikey, and I’m excited to see them receive such a prestigious honor.”

The Broadcom MASTERS is a program of the Society for Science and the public. It is open to seventh-grade and eighth-grade science and engineering students, and recognizes student work from science and engineering fairs nationwide.

Mikey’s project focused on the possible causes of the collapse of the honey-bee population, while Vivienne’s work delved into potential solutions for a more effective cleanup of oil spills.

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