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Three Lubbock students headed to international competition

From left to right: Lindsay Northcut, Nicholas Hines and Sarah Wanjura From left to right: Lindsay Northcut, Nicholas Hines and Sarah Wanjura

Nearly 2,000 high school students from more than 70 countries are preparing to head to Los Angeles this week. They will be competing in the world's largest international high school science fair, and three of those students come from Lubbock.

Nicholas Hines, Lindsay Northcut and Sarah Wanjura are all seniors at Christ the King Cathedral School. But, they do not have time to think about prom or graduation. They are headed to LA to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF.  It is the world's largest high school science competition.  Students have the opportunity to take home part of more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

Hines has competed in the competition twice before. Previously, he received a $150,000 scholarship. He is looking forward to competing this year.

"If special awards do come, and I get them, I'll be incredibly happy," Hines said.

Having competed before, Hines says he feels somewhat prepared and knows what to expect.

"You'll have different scholars from schools, mostly professors, come and judge the project," Hines said.

Hines, Northcut and Wanjura each won local, regional and state competitions to advance to the international race. Hines tested chemicals used in different pesticides to see if they contaminated water and soil. Wanjura tested the differences between conventional and organic meat. Northcut says she conducted a study on cotton and fertilizer.

"I was able to prove that a farmer could use half the fertilizer and still be cost productive and produce the same - if not more yield for all of the types of fertilizers I used and both types of cotton seeds," Northcut said.

All three students credit their teachers at Christ the King for pushing them. They are also thankful the school requires students to compete in science fairs, beginning in elementary school. Each received help on their projects from professors at Texas Tech University.

"I would love to get some sort of award, but I know it's a big achievement just to make it this far," Wanjura said.

The students fly to California this weekend and will begin presenting their projects on Wednesday, May 14th. For more information on the competition, visit:

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