Hannah Marley, Cluny School 8th Grader, has won a First Place award in the Rhode Island Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which took place on 2-3 April 2016 at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick.

The Intel ISEF is a program sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public (SSP); it is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Hannah competed in the Junior Division, and received an award in the Plant Sciences category. Projects in this category explore plant structure, classification, pathology, genetics, physiology, and development. They also address topics in ecology, plant breeding, cultivation, systematics and evolution. Hannah’s award ranked her among the top ten students in the Junior Division.

Hannah has been nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. SSP affiliated science fairs around the country nominate the top 10% of 6th, 7th and 8th grade participants to enter this prestigious competition. After submitting the online application, 300 semifinalists are selected and 30 finalists present their research projects. They compete in hands-on STEM activities to demonstrate their skill in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Hannah’s on-line application is due on 15 June, and finalists for the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS fair will be announced on 20 September.

Hannah first enrolled at Cluny School as a pre-kindergarten student. She and several eighth grade classmates have been together since that time. On 14 June, Hannah will graduate from Cluny School and attend Tiverton High School. When asked what she will take from her time at Cluny, Hannah explains, “I will always remember the kindness at Cluny and that everyone is happy.”

Hannah has certainly shared her happiness with others. She organized a band-aid drive for Hasbro Children’s Hospital in partnership with the Tomorrow Fund.

Cluny School wishes Hannah continued success and happiness for the future.

Ryan M. Belmore

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