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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy photo Jill Ellenbarger, an assistant professor of chemistry at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, facilitates a scientific experiment with JBU students. Ellenbarger was awarded the 2017 Christian Scholars Foundation grant by Intervarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network to support her research to design compounds that change colors when exposed to chemical contaminants in drinking water. During the 2016-17 school year, Ellenbarger completed the first phase of her research as she hopes to develop simple color-changing test kits that can be deployed to remote locations around the world.

Association scholarship

Meagan Renee Davidian, the daughter of Waynette Davidian, who works in the Washington County collector's office, received a $1,500 scholarship from the 2017 Association of Arkansas Counties Scholarship Trust.

This is Davidian's second year to receive the AAC scholarship. She will continue her studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Leadership Program

Pranav Vasan of Bentonville has been selected to join the Ambassador Leadership Program by the National Society of High School Scholars. Vasan attends Haas Hall Academy of Bentonville. He was selected for the leadership program for demonstrating strong academic achievement and a commitment to community service.

Participation in the leadership program is an opportunity for scholars to enhance their leadership skills by identifying a community or social need, actively becoming involved in volunteerism and helping others. The society provides exclusive ambassador scholarships based on applicants' active participation in the program during their senior years.

National Youth Science Camp

Albert Xu, a graduate of Fayetteville High School, represented Arkansas at the National Youth Science Camp. The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, W.Va., integrates STEM presentations and hands-on activities with outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from around the world to attend the camp. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel.

Baylor University

Payton Hanby of Springdale is a 2017 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a bachelor of arts in biochemistry awarded during summer commencement exercises Aug. 12.

NAN Our Town on 08/31/2017

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