Bell First Prize Winner of the 2007 Super Expo-Sciences Bell - Ginger Root Extraction is the Best!

    SHERBROOKE, QC, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Fourteen-year old Lauren Arena
and fifteen-year old Melissa Cammuso from Villa Maria High School held the
spotlight at Quebec-wide finale of the 2007 Super Expo-Sciences Bell. Their
project, Ginger Root Extraction, earned them top honours-the Bell Grand Prize,
which comes with a bursary of $1, 500.
    The "Super" science fair took place at the University of Sherbrooke's
Cultural Centre. More than $250,000 in prizes was awarded to various
prizewinners at the conclusion of the fair on April 22nd. There were 161
presenters onsite to exhibit the 100 best projects in Quebec.
    Judges deemed two young women the most successful at rigorously applying
scientific method to verify a hypothesis, in their case, the ability of ginger
root extract to alleviate headaches. Lauren and Melissa explained that
headache relief resulted from the presence of natural substances that
increased blood flow. This in turn allowed for greater oxygenation of the
tissues in the scalp, neck, and shoulder area.
    Melissa and Lauren impressed the judges with the breadth of their
knowledge, and the rigour of their experimental protocol.
    The young winners have also been awarded:
        - A spot at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, which takes place May 12th
          to the 20th in Truro, Nova Scotia
        - The Synapse Gold Medal in the intermediate category that comes with
          a $500 bursary offered by the Canadian Institutes of Health
        - A $1000 bursary from Lachapelle Logistique
        - A $1000 Merck Frosst "Exploring Minds" bursary
    The names and photos of the Grand Prize winners, together with all the
winners, will be posted at 4:00 p.m. on the Expo-sciences website at

    This year's event was organized by Quebec's Conseil de Développement du
Loisir Scientifique (CDLS), in cooperation with the Eastern Township's Conseil
du Loisir Scientifique (CLS) and the University of Sherbrooke, thanks to the
support of its national financial partners: Bell, Merck Frosst, the Ministère
du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation du Québec,
Hydro-Québec, Federated Co-ops, Génome Québec and the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Brousseau, Communications Director for
the CDLS, (514) 252-3027 ext. 3659, Cell.: (514) 602-9279,

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