STVM Sophomore Abby May Selected to Attend Intel International Science Fair in Arizona

Mar 18, 2019

Abby May, sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, has been selected to attend the Intel International Science Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 1800 students, from more than 75 countries, will be intvited to the fair this year. In order to be invited, students must attend a sponsored science fair and be selected as a grand prize winner. Abby was chosen as the grand prize winner while attending the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State the week of March 11. At this fair, Abby also won first place in the biological science category and the Cleveland Clinic - Dept of Biomedical Engineering Award.

The Intel ISEF brings together top science students from around the world to showcase their work and is the world’s largest international pre-college fair. The students’ projects are judged by doctoral level scientists during the week long event. At the fair, the students compete for over $4 million dollars in prizes with the 2 top prizes consisting of $50,000 each.

Abby is the fourth student from St. Vincent-St. Mary to the attend the Intel ISEF, but the first sophomore ever from our school! The last student to attend was Alex Weber in 2014. Abby and a chaperone will receive a fully paid, week long trip to Phoenix in order to attend the fair.  

Abby has spent her childhood on her family farm in Portage County. Using her experiences on the farm, she developed her project to test how different types of fertilizers containing different levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium would affect different types of plants. Abby’s enthusiasium about her project was the key to her success. She explained the importance of this project to a group of biomedical professionals and pharmacists and convinced them that her work was worth top honors beating out juniors and seniors with indepth biomedical projects. Abby’s future plans are to study agriculutural engineering in college.

Congratulations goes out to Abby on her successes. She has demonstrated a passion in a scientific field of great interest to her and she is sure to do great things, not just at the Intel INSEF, but throughout her life.