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View the Images, Meet the Winners -- 2010 U.S. Edition

View the Images, Meet the Winners -- 2010 U.S. Edition



After reading 650 essays from more thatn 1,000 students in 23 states, the judges announced the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest winners Jan. 13, 2011. The students were asked to develop a compelling, scientific argument for choosing one of three targets that warranted further study.



The nine winners of the contest
The winners of the 2010 U.S. contest.

Now in its ninth edition, Cassini Scientist for a Day is a national essay contest for U.S. students in grades 5-12. Students chose one of three images the Cassini spacecraft would take on a given date and time set aside for education, and they each wrote a 500-word essay explaining why their choice would yield the best science results. Winners and their classes were invited to participate in teleconferences with Cassini scientists.

Target 1: Rhea

Grade 5-6:
Cameron Smith
Highland School -- Warrenton, Va.

Grade 7-8:

Isabelle Morrissey

Homeschool -- New Milford, Conn.

Grade 9-12:
Hillary Fischer
Beatrice High School -- Beatrice, Neb.


Rhea
Cameron Smith, Isabelle Morrissey and Hillary Fischer
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Target 2: Titan, Tethys, and Enceladus

Grade 5-6:
Alden Hodgdon
Saint Jeanne De Lestonnac -- Tustin, Calif.

Grade 7-8:
Sarah Donofrio
Linwood Middle School -- North Brunswick, N.J.

Grade 9-12:
Cody Minor
Beatrice High School -- Beatrice, Neb.


Titan and Tethys
Alden Hodgdon, Sarah Donofrio and Cody Minor
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Target 3: Saturn

Grade 5-6:
Simona Kurdalieva
Arbor View School -- Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Grade 7-8:
Coby Dolloff
Branson Junior High School -- Branson, Mo.


Grade 9-12:
Benjamin Palmer
Homeschool -- Queensbury, N.Y.



Saturn
Simona Kurdalieva, Coby Dolloff and Benjamin Palmer
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