Southside community photo gallery for Feb. 11, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Dianne Madden -- Gathered at the Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Jan. 15 are, front from left, students Adair McCanless and Diamond Spears; and back, upper school instigator Melissa Estremera, student Aaron Miller and Jewel Reuter, Ph.D. All are from Episcopal School.

Episcopal School seniors Diamond Spears, Adair McCanless and Aaron Miller presented their original research at the Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the Cook Hotel and Conference Center on Jan. 15.

Spears, McCanless and Miller are involved in ESTAAR, or Episcopal Students Take Action in Advanced Research.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia program is jointly sponsored by the United States Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation, a news release said.

“Adair, Diamond and Aaron have diligently worked in LSU science laboratories to do authentic research with Dr. Rodrigo Valverde, Dr. Michael Stout and Dr. Bret Elderd, respectively,” said Episcopal School’s Jewel Reuter, Ph.D. “As they did their project work, which was exciting but at times difficult, they learned valuable laboratory research skills. They also gained experience with how to persevere and problem-solve, which are valuable skills for success in college and beyond.”