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New Life Academy students, teacher win science awards

New Life Academy won awards at the regional and state science fair. They include, from left: Alex Li, Lauren Meyer, Nancy Wang and Nickolas Zander. Teacher Shay Motalebi is second from right. Photo courtesy of Amy Clausen

WOODBURY — Several New Life Academy students earned awards at recent regional science contests, including the 2019 Regional and Minnesota State Science Fair.

Award winners include:

Junior Nancy Wang for her project, Disaster Resistant House:

• Winner of 3M Film/Material division and was invited to display project at 3M and meet 3M scientists and engineers

• Winner of 3M Young Inventors Recognition Award

• Winner of NOAA's Taking the Pulse of the Planet's Award

• Blue Ribbon (first-place project) at the Regional Science Fair

• Excellence in Environmental Health Science Award — State Science Fair

Junior Lauren Meyer for her project, Reclaiming Satellites:

• Winner of the U.S. Air Force Engineering Achievement Award

• Winner of Yale Science and Engineering Outstanding Award

• Blue Ribbon (first-place project) at the Regional Science Fair

Senior Alex Li for his project, ResPay QR Recognition App:

• Blue Ribbon (first-place project) at the Regional Science Fair

• U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Engineering Science Fair Project at the State Science Fair

Senior Mike Wang for his project, Yonterpreneur, LLC:

• Red Ribbon (second-place project) at the Regional Science Fair

Freshman Nickolas Zander for his project, The Critter Disaster:

• Blue Ribbon (first-place project) at the Regional Science Fair

• MN Academy of Science Bronze Metal at the State Science Fair

Every year, New Life Academy students in grades 6-12 develop long-term science projects as part of their Innovation Portfolio. They compete at the 2019 Regional Science Fair. A select number advance to the Minnesota State Science Fair.

New Life Academy teacher Shay Motalebi also won the $1,000 Seagate Excellence in Science Mentoring Award for her creative approach at encouraging students' interest in scientific research and discovery. Motalbei has been teaching at New Life Academy for 10 years. She currently teaches engineering fundamentals and renewable energy engineering.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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