Four 7th grade students from Whiteface are each $10,000 richer. They entered and won two different national science contests - E-Cyber Mission and the Christopher Columbus Award.
The students discovered that a mixture of green tea and hand sanitizer makes an effective sunscreen equal to a sun protection factor of 45. On NewsChannel 11 at 5 Monday, they explained their discovery even surprised a nanophysicist at Texas Tech.
Melanie Gruhlkey, a team mom, says, "Tech could not believe it - he kept retesting it, Dr Mike Holtz, several times, because he could not believe that it was just green tea and hand sanitizer. But that's what it was and it proved to be effective, just like the sunscreen that you buy at Wal-Mart or United."
Brisa Brown, Anderson Gruhlkey, and Lyndsay Donnell, three of the four science winners had this to say of their sunscreen, "It doesn't stink like normal sunscreen. It's non-greasy. And when you put it on, it goes into your skin and you can't see it, but it's still there."
The fourth student on the Sunbusters team was Chase Wilbanks and his mother Laura Wilbanks, was the teacher who inspired the team. Neither could be on HealthWise at 5.
These kids from Whiteface were up against 7,000 students across the country competing for national prizes. They each walked away with a gold medal, $10,000 in savings bonds, and a free trip to Walt Disney World.
This is the 4th consecutive year that Whiteface has sent a team to the national finals in science.