Shannon MacLennan

Shannon lives in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, and is currently a grade 11 student at Dalbrae Academy. Shannon’s interest in science began at the junior high level when she began to explore a variety of topics for her school’s science fair events. She has gone on to represent her school at the Strait Regional Science Fair where she has had two best in fair projects. She has also won three consecutive gold medals, two Nova Scotia Institute of Science Medallions, the St. Francis Xavier University scholarship, a St. FX Biology Department prize and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Award. Shannon was selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Shannon explored the benefits of environmentally friendly dish soap, winning a bronze medal at the CWSF in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In 2013, Shannon won a silver medal and the intermediate resources challenge award at the CWSF in Lethbridge, Alberta. In this project she explored the use of gypsum as a soil conditioner. Her 2014 CWSF project, which she showcased in Windsor, Ontario, focused on different ways of using compost for agricultural purposes. Shannon was a recipient of the 2014Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s medal in recognition of her high academic achievement, as well as her leadership roles in both her community and school. Shannon is a member of her school’s Students Helping Our World committee which works to assist local and global causes. She has also been a team member and youth coordinator at retreats for girls fifteen years of age and older and is a facilitator of a local youth group. In her free time, Shannon enjoys playing the piano and guitar and she also teaches piano lessons. Shannon is considering a future career in the field of engineering.

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