Teacher Jump-Started Science Fair Winner Student, 18, Honored for Bacteria Research

By Patricia Corrigan Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), April 19, 1994 | Go to article overview

Teacher Jump-Started Science Fair Winner Student, 18, Honored for Bacteria Research


Patricia Corrigan Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Stacey Thompson credits a teacher with inspiring her award-winning project at the 47th annual Greater St. Louis Science Fair.

"Ken Smith III, my chemistry teacher, got me started," Thompson said. "I've really enjoyed the work I've done so far, and I intend to go into medicine, maybe research."

Thompson, 18, is a senior at Pattonville Senior High School and lives in Bridgeton. Her project tested the sensitivity of two types of bacterium: one susceptible to antibiotics and one resistant. She won a top award in the secondary division.

"Antibiotics need to be updated from time to time to deal with the prevalence of resistant bacteria," Thompson said.

Thompson's project - with 1,800 others in the secondary division - were displayed Sunday and Monday at the fair, at the Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 555 Weidman Road in west St. Louis County.

The fair is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation. The fair was open to the 60,000-plus students who participated and won in school fairs at public, private and parochial schools in St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jefferson County.

The awards ceremony for the secondary division begins at 7 tonight.

Simone Smith, 18, will be at that ceremony, picking up her top division prize. Smith, a senior at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, tested viscosity of objects in water, corn syrup and glycerine. Smith lives in St. Louis, and she plans to study psychology next year at Missouri Western University in St. …

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