Earth Science Honors Students Explore Climate Change

The John C. Birdlebough High School Earth Science Honors class boasted academic exploration during the annual Earth Science Honors Research Symposium, held in the JCB library.

Earth Science Honors student Marcus Berube explains his research project on how climate change has affected bird migration during the annual Earth Science Honors Research Symposium at the high school.
Earth Science Honors student Marcus Berube explains his research project on how climate change has affected bird migration during the annual Earth Science Honors Research Symposium at the high school.

The symposium was a culmination of six months of student research based on climate change.

Students reviewed scientific articles, designed a research collage poster and presented a videotaped PowerPoint presentation in class addressing a scientific question about climate change.

Through that research, students explored how climate has affected the following topics: bird migration, coral reefs, Galapagos Penguins, the human population, war, plankton and mammals, among several other categories.

Each of the 19 students provided a brief synopsis of their research and what they learned about climate change.

Principal Gregory Molloy stands proud after presenting his Best of Show award to student Emilie Hilliard during JCB’s annual Earth Science Honors Research Symposium.
Principal Gregory Molloy stands proud after presenting his Best of Show award to student Emilie Hilliard during JCB’s annual Earth Science Honors Research Symposium.

Dan Braun said he learned that coral reefs have become more vulnerable to diseases.

Declan Hawthorne said storms are increasing in intensity.

Emilie Hilliard explored human involvement in climate change, and cautioned classmates and the two dozen guests in attendance to be more careful what we do in the world today so the world remains stable.

Certificates of appreciation were handed out to each student by teacher Susan Sharp.

Teacher Susan Sharp, front left, distributes honors research symposium certificates of appreciation to students.
Teacher Susan Sharp, front left, distributes honors research symposium certificates of appreciation to students.

Six students were selected as medal winners and Hilliard received a plaque for the principal’s choice Best of Show award from Principal Gregory Molloy.

Attendees voted “What Are the Effects of Climate Change on Polar Bears” as their favorite poster, which was designed by Mariah Sheirer.

On behalf of her class, Hilliard also honored Molloy with a certificate of appreciation for his support for the symposium.

He commended the students for their hard work and dedication.