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Seventh-grader qualifies for national science fair

Mar 22, 2015 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Sean White has earned first place twice at the state science fair.

Wind River Middle School seventh-grader Sean White recently earned first place in the junior microbiology category at the Wyoming State Science Fair in Laramie.

This was the second time White finished first at the state science fair. His project this year was "Fighting fungus: The effects of antifungal medicines on yeast."

White also received a Broadcom Masters award for placing in the top 10 percent with his project. This award gives him the opportunity to enter in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

"We've always been behind Sean 200 percent so if he has an opportunity, we find a way to make it happen," said White's mother, Barbara White.

White took first place at his school's science fair when he was in fourth and fifth grade.

"For several months before the school science fair, my kitchen and dining room table are taken over with experiments," Barbara said. "He was born with the natural curiosity about how things work and he's developed the work ethic and drive to find the answers."

Barbara said he maintains an A average at Wind River Middle School and competes in football, basketball, wrestling and track. He also takes saxophone and violin lessons. In addition, White is a part-time employee for Westlake Auctions and enjoys fishing and hunting.

Sean's science teacher is Roseanne Riley.

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