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Three Snow Hill Students Win National Aquarium Contest

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Anna Hulsander Anna Hulsander
Tori Harper and Haylee Welch Tori Harper and Haylee Welch

SNOW HILL, Md.- Three Snow Hill Middle students won the first Weather and Climate Day contest at the National Aquarium after submitting a video about Assateague Island.

Anna Hulsander, Haylee Welch and Tori Harper are the fifth-grade winners of this contest. During the video, the students focused on the dunes on Assateague Island and how they have been changing over time.

Brittany Tignor is a teacher at Snow Hill Middle and decided this contest would be great for her students.

"Fifth grade was doing a curriculum on weather, so I figured this would be a great way to tie into what they are doing in the classroom," Tignor said. "All they had to do was enter and they got two free tickets to the aquarium; we had 20 students enter."

Climate Central, a Princeton-based science and journalism organization, teamed up with the National Aquarium and a host of Maryland-based organizations to launch this contest for students in grades 5-12 from across Maryland.

According to contest officials, this contest was designed to offer students a great opportunity to dive in and understand the connection between weather and climate.

The Snow Hill students each won cash prizes as well as a day on a NOAA research vessel on the Cheasapeake.

Tignor says the students will sample some fish and see where they worked for oyster restoration.

"I gave students this project to do and a lot of students chose to do it in the class," Tignor said. "Tori and her classmates decided to go out of the classroom to do this, they did that part all on their own.

Tignor says the students took the project and went farther than she could've ever imagined.

Although Tori says it was windy on Assateague, she had a great time with her classmates shooting this video and was excited to win. Tori says when she grows up, she wants to be a Marine Biologist.

Their winning entry video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qcCM3f69Dw&feature=youtu.be

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