GHS Freshman Colby Gipson Wins Exxon Award
Over 900 entries from twelve regional science fairs competed March 27-30 in San Antonio. Colby received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and could be selected to represent Texas in Portland, Oregon on June 14-15 at the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. Also, Colby received the first place Texas Tech Natural Resources Award with a $1,500 scholarship. Colby's project, “Missing Link - Effects of Water Quality on Macroinvertebrate and Fish Diversity" - determined how temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, turbidity, and carbon dioxide levels effect crucial primary consumers in the aquatic food chain. Colby's study included field work using seine, D-nets, filter buckets and computerized probes on three sites along the Sabine River. The freshman at Gilmer High school plans to continue his studies on aquatic populations along the Sabine River to determine impact of water quality on the fishing industry in Texas.