Darby Schumacher, a junior at Baylor School, placed second in the environmental science category at the 51st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held last weekend in Dayton, Ohio.
According to a news release, she received a medal from the Department of Defense, a certificate signed by the Secretary of the Army, Navy and Air Force and an $8,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.
Her winning research paper, “A Filter Today Keeps Pollutants Away: A Study of Nanofiber Based Stormwater Filtration,” will be published in the Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science. She will also be inducted into the American Junior Academy of Science, a national honor society recognizing American high school students for outstanding scientific research.
Schumacher advanced to the national competition after winning the Tennessee Junior Academy of Sciences competition in April at Belmont University in Nashville.
Additionally, the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad has selected Schumacher as a world finalist, earning her a trip to Houston, this week to compete with students from more than 60 countries.
She will represent Tennessee as a delegate at the American Junior Academy of Sciences Convention in Chicago in February.