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Pesticide research paves way to Intel science fair

Isabella Lopez works on sculpture in art class. Her science fair project got her a trip to The  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

The Magnet Tribune: Ashley Martinez

Isabella Lopez works on sculpture in art class. Her science fair project got her a trip to The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Ashley Martinez, Staff Writer

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An art student’s investigation into alternatives to pesticide on crops earned her a trip to an international science fair competition.

Isabella Lopez, a visual arts senior who also attends J.W. Nixon High School, did her project on “A chemical reaction study: Using activated carbon as a neutralizing agent to the pesticide malathion.”

Lopez advances to the world’s largest pre-college science competition, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This will take place in May and will be hosted in Pittsburg, PA.

She wanted to do a project on something that mattered, she said, so she decided to do an environmental project.

I started my sophomore year, but it’s my first year advancing.”

— Isabella Lopez

“My project is an environmental project and it’s basically getting more control of the toxins that we use. You know, all these farmers are using pesticides that goes into our water and then into our food. So I’m trying to eliminate the harmful effects of that by using activated carbon,” Lopez said.

Just like with many accomplishments, time and effort were vital. Lopez had to balance her science fair project and volleyball activities. It took her five months and limited sleep at times, but advancing to ISEF made up for it, she said.

She explained how she felt about representing J.W. Nixon High School and Laredo ISD.

“It’s so exciting, and it’s really motivating too,” Lopez said.

Lopez, alongside her long-time best friend, Maegan Yeary, competed in the LISD Secondary School Science Fair.

Lopez said this is her third year competing in the science fair.

“I started my sophomore year, but it’s my first year advancing,” she said.

A Laredo Morning Times story said Lopez wanted to major in Finance. Due to her project and passion for science, she said she is now leaning towards a different major.

“I’m actually going towards dentistry now, and I’m going to try and get a major in Biology,” she said.

“I hope to place over there, but also want to meet all these different people,” Lopez said. “I’m just so excited because I’ve heard a lot of good things.”

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