Fox earns bronze medal at science Olympiad

Kenilworth Science and Technology School student Ashton Fox earned a bronze medal in an international science Olympiad on June 11 for his science project on using nanoparticles, proteins and near-infrared light to kill cancer cells.

He was one of only two students from the United States accepted to participate in the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad in The Netherlands. The eighth-grader also was one of the youngest participants in the Olympiad, where he competed with students up to 18 years old in open competition.

“We are all incredibly proud and excited for Ashton,” Kenilworth superintendent Tevfik Eski said. “He is an exceptional young man with a great future. Kenilworth is proud to have played a part in his academic development.”

Fox studied the effects near-infrared light has on different gold nanoparticles. The research is important because, when gold nanonparticles are injected into the human body, they can be attached to a protein that will guide them to a cancer cell. Then, the gold nanoparticles and the cancer cells can be destroyed with near-infrared light, which has no harmful effects on surrounding, health tissue. Discovering which gold nanoparticles are most vulnerable to near-infrared light can lead researchers to find more effective ways to fight cancer.

Kenilworth science teacher Elkhan Akhundov, who recently was named one of Baton Rouge’s top STEM teachers, accompanied Fox and his parents to the competition. Akhundov said Fox did his own research in learning how to procure the different nanoparticles.

BRMHS student picked to attend STEM event

Julian Johnson, a sophomore at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders Sunday through Tuesday in Boston.

The event is for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics and seeks to honor, inspire, motivate and direct students who aspire to be scientists and technologists. Students are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

Speakers will include Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners.

Istrouma Class of 1955 to hold 60-year reunion

The Istrouma High School Class of 1955 will hold its 60-year reunion Friday through Sunday. Contact Walter Imahara, (225) 752-6002, or Carroll DiBenedetto, (225) 927-2869.

Capitol Class of 1970 sets 45-year reunion

The Capitol High School Class of 1970 will hold a 45-year reunion Aug. 28-30 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, 103 France St. Contact Vernon Ginn, (225) 229-9362; Larry Galloway, (225) 252-5624; Janice Miles-Hendricks, (225) 281-4445; or George Francis, (225) 413-3351.

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