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    High school senior wins naming rights to a planet

    Date: 07.13.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Angela Schlegel recently graduated from Tucson Magnet High School in Arizona. Her interest in science won her second place in Intel’s annual International Science and Engineering Fair in the plant science category.


    James Gregg/Arizona Daily Star

    In addition to a cash prize of $1500.00 Angela will have a minor planet, asteroid or comet named after her. She joins about 15,000 others who have received this honor, including Albert Einstein, Vincent van Gogh, and the Beatles.

    As a young scientist, Angela conducted research projects in high school on bees, horned lizards, bird aggression and plants. Her winning project involves extracting DNA from the sage plant that may be useful in treating mental illness.

    “It’s nice to have any award, but this is pretty cool,” she said. “You never hear of people having minor planets named after them.”

    Angela starts college in the Fall as a biochemistry major. All the best, Angela, and congratulations.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • julie
      Wed, 15 Jul 2009 at 08:35

      very cool!