School: Atholton High School
Her accomplishments: Katie took second place at the 31st Annual Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held recently at the University of Maryland College Park. Her project, "Acid Rain's Effect on the Remobilization of Lead Due to Variations of Exposure Time, pH Level and the Presence of Ligand," found that lead is present in and around homes even after they have been painted with non-lead paint.
Her two-year study also showed that lead is not only in roads and streets, but also in ponds and streams -- a result of acid rain. She did her research with help from mentors Judy Hartman and Cindy Klara, both from W. R. Grace, the school's business partner.
At school, Katie is president of the National Honor Society and part of the Student Government Association. She's a member of SHOP (Student Helping Other People) and the Environmental Awareness Group. She plays varsity field hockey and lacrosse.
Her comments: I had read a lot of articles in the newspaper about increased lead poisoning. It didn't seem as if it was getting enough attention.
Her goals: She intends to study biology at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.