Shreveport, LA May 10, 2012 – Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport is proud to announce that Henry Lin and Eleni Mijalis placed 3rd in their respective categories at the 2012 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) held in Bethesda, MD last week. Each of them received a $4000 scholarship for their 3rd place finishes.

Mijalis is a senior, and Lin is a junior at Caddo Magnet. Mijalis is a participant in the Science and Medicine Academic Research Training Program sponsored by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

With no mentor and using mathematics and computer programming, Lin has developed a model of dark energy to explain the accelerating expansion of our universe. Mijalis is the seventh consecutive high school student in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Kevil, Department of Pathology LSUHSC-S, to advance to the National Symposium. Her study involves investigating the efficacy of a molecular derivative of garlic in halting and possibly reversing type I diabetes.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia program is jointly sponsored by the United States Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. Forty-eight regional symposia are affiliated with the JSHS program, reaching over 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Europe and Pacific Rim regions. The university sponsored symposia invite the participation of secondary schools within their regions.

The National JSHS brings together over 360 participants, including 240 high school students, their teachers and parents, university faculty affiliated with the JSHS, and other guests. Caddo Magnet has sent twenty-four students to the national symposium over the past fourteen years.

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