DoDEA Pacific students earn opportunity to compete in 2015 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

June 8, 2015 — YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Five Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific school students became eligible to compete in the 53rd National Junior Science and Humanities following their Pacific-wide JSHS Symposium performance at Yokota AB in mainland Japan March 24-25.

Seoul American High School students Paul Lee, Brian Lee, Rikki Kendall and Kyelee Fitts (1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th places, respectively) and Kadena HS student Olivia Leavitt (2nd place) went on to compete in the National JSHS finals April 29 to May 2 in Hunt Valley, Md.

JSHS 2015 Winners

WWII Memorial in Washington, DC April 29-May 2, 2015 - The 53rd National Junior
Science and Humanities Symposium Pacific Team (left to right) Olivia Leavitt, Kadena
High School; Kyelee Fitts, Seoul American HS; Brian Lee, Seoul American HS; Rikki Kendall,
E.J. King HS; Paul Lee, Seoul American HS; and Shawen Smith, Seoul American HS teacher.


JSHS is designed to challenge and engage high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The keynote speaker for the Pacific-wide symposium was Dr. Caroline Benton, Tsukuba University vice president. Tsukuba University is a renowned scientific research facility located about 36 miles northeast of Tokyo. Dr. Benton attended a DoD school as a child and is an advocate for students and STEM-related programs. In addition to being the keynote speaker, Dr. Benton also served on the judging panel during the symposium.

Rikki Kendall

Professor Yoshimichi Ide shakes hands with Rikki Kendall, a junior at E.J. King High
School on Sasebo Naval Base, who placed fourth at the Pacific-wide Junior Science
And Humanities Symposium at Yokota Air Base March 24-25, for his project on the melting
time of glaciers. Professor Yoshimichi Ide is a retired Japanese college physics professor
who volunteers at the schools in Sasebo. He has mentored Rikki on his science projects
and is a close friend of the family.


Students from all over the Pacific came together to compete for a spot in the National competition in Washington, DC. The top five Pacific students went on to face regional winners from around the U.S., in an attempt to earn recognition and scholarships for their hard work. Each student also received recognition by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force for the top STEM presentations.

Winners of the 2015 DoDEA Pacific JSHS Competition

1st Place: Paul Lee
Seoul American HS - Korea District
Harvesting Human Body Heat to Power Wearable Biomedical Devices

2nd Place: Olivia Leavitt
Kadena HS - Okinawa District
Analysis of Three-Dimensional Reconstruction Techniques for Electron Microscopy

3rd Place: Brian Lee
Seoul American HS - Korea District
Employing Ammonia - and Nitrite-Oxidizing Bacteria with Mentha spicata as Effective Bio-Filters for Anoxic Effluents

4th Place: Rikki Kendall
E.J. King HS - Japan District
Impact of Moraine Composition on the Albedo and Melting Time of Glaciers

5th Place: Kyelee Fitts
Seoul American HS - Korea District
The Effect of Dietary and Supplementary Antioxidants on the Respiration Rate of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


About JSHS

The JSHS is a tri-service program funded by the Army, Navy and Air Force that encourages high school students to conduct original research in STEM. JSHS sponsors include: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC, in cooperation with higher education. The National JSHS Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire. Details on the JSHS Regional and National events are available at

About AEOP

The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students as well as teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines. More information is available at, at the Twitter handle @USAEOP and at

About AAS

The Academy of Applied Science was founded in 1963 as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) to operate exclusively for charitable, educational and/or scientific purposes. The Academy has demonstrated over 50 years' experience in the effective delivery and administration of youth science outreach programs designed to support and encourage the future pool of trained STEM talent available to contribute to the nation's scientific and technological progress and to the military's research enterprise. The Academy supports students and teachers nationwide to achieve success in STEM through competitions, STEM enrichment activities for students and teachers, curriculum support for teachers, publications, mentorships, and awards programs.

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific's 49 schools serve more than 23,000 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,000 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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