trio are essay winners
From left Erin Chmelik, Jessie Sonnen and David Wassmuth were the top 3 winners in the Idaho Farm Bureau District 5 essay competition. All 3 are Summit Academy students. Photo provided by Summit Academy.
David Wassmuth, son of Eric and Alea Wassmuth of Greencreek, placed first with his essay, titled My House. Second place was awarded to Jessie Sonnen, daughter of Norm and Julie Sonnen, also of Greencreek. Her essay was Agriculture. Erin Chmelik, daughter of James and Colleen Chmelik of Cottonwood, titled her essay Surrounded by Agriculture. Cash prizes were awarded to each student. District 5 includes all the counties from Riggins north to the Canadian border.
Winning first in District made Davidís essay eligible for state competition. At state, his essay won for him a cash prize for third place.
Congratulations to David, Jessie and Erin. We are proud of you.
Dr. Ann Gauger to present
Summit Academy proudly welcomes Dr. Ann Gauger on Friday, May 17! Dr. Gauger is a Senior Research Scientist at Biologic Institute in Seattle. Her work uses molecular genetics and genomic engineering to study the origin, organization and operation of metabolic pathways. Dr. Gauger received a B.S. in biology from MIT and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of Washington, where she studied Drosophila embryogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, she cloned and characterized the Drosophila kinesin light chain. Her research has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Nature, Development, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and BIO-Complexity.
Ann will be speaking with some students during the day and will be giving an open presentation at Summit Academy at 7pm. Annís talk is called ĎExplaining Our Originsí and will cover the following topics:
Three views of evolution
Views of humanity
Why our view of our origin matters
What the Church teaches
What the science says
Why some claims made by scientists are not justified
Why we don't need to be afraid of science, or compromise our theology
All community members are welcome to attend! Please spread the words to any other individual(s) who might be interested in attending as well.