Students win $6,000 in Web-based competition

Two ninth-graders from Notre Dame Academy and one ninth-grader from St. John’s Jesuit in Toledo received
an Innovation, Originality and Creativity criteria award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION
competition.
With this award, each team member received a $2,000 savings bond and a certificate of recognition from
the Army.
eCYBERMISSION is an Army-sponsored, free, Web-based science, math and technology competition that allows
students in grades six through nine to compete for regional and national awards while working to solve
problems in their communities.
The "Notre Dame Eagles" team, comprised of students Alyse Krausz, Rebecca Funke and Mark
Brahier – all from Perrysburg – and led by Notre Dame Academy faculty member Christine Chapman, was
recognized by judges for researching different types of road treatments for snow and ice. The students
hypothesized that potassium chloride and sodium chloride would be harmful to the grass and that
perennial rye would perform the best compared to other chemicals. Although the hypotheses were not all
supported, the students found other experiments that could be conducted to help further their research
on the effects of ice treatments on the community and environment.
The students designed a special Web site that showcases their experiment that was to inform the
Perrysburg community and all others about their effort to solve the problem of the damage that road salt
inflicts upon grass. They encourage the general public to learn more and take at special survey at
www.bgmath.org/BAM/Home.htm.
"These students were selected out of thousands of their peers, not only for their potential as
future leaders in science, math and technology, but for their work to make their communities a better
place to live," said Mike Doyle, Army eCYBERMISSION program manager.
This year, more than 12,000 students registered for eCYBERMISSION and 2,005 teams submitted their
research for scoring.
Registration for next year’s competition opens Aug. 1.