Woodlawn receives grant from state biotechnology center

DAVIDSON – Woodlawn School has been awarded an Education Enhancement Grant of more than $5,500 from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, which will be used to buy laboratory equipment that will allow students to perform DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction and gel electrophoresis.

Students will learn to purify, sort and view DNA from plant and animal cells for various projects.

The ninth grade biology class will solve a simulated murder mystery by creating DNA fingerprints from crime scene evidence. Students will learn to extract DNA from hair cells and generate and analyze real DNA fingerprints.

AP Biology students will be able to collect DNA samples from plants on campus and confirm the identities of each species using DNA Barcoding. The students will use DNA sequences to analyze the evolutionary relationships between these plants and create a diagram based upon the similarities and differences in both physical and genetic characteristics.

Students will send samples to a research organization for DNA sequencing and use sophisticated analytical software to compare the sequences and hypothesize evolutionary relationships.

The equipment for these projects will be delivered in mid-April, and the first crime scene investigation will take place in May. The 2013-2014 AP Biology class will participate in the evolutionary plant lab.

Local student makes Dean’s List

CHARLOTTE – Belmont Abbey College junior Madison Sully made the school’s Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. Sully is a psychology major and business minor. She has played all three years on the women’s soccer team as a defender. Her parents are Nay and Craig Sully, who live just outside of Huntersville.

Two Hough High students selected for Governor’s School

CORNELIUS – Hough High School students Matthew Newman and Sylvie Stanback were two of 26 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students that have been invited to participate in this summer’s North Carolina Governor’s School.

The Governor’s School began 50 years ago and is the oldest statewide residential program for academically gifted students. 

Students who attend the six-week program learn about college life while taking rigorous classes. The Governor’s School is held at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.