Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School junior Maia Donnelly won a second place award at the Region V science fair held at Bridgewater State University. Her project was called An Investigation Into Dugesia tigrina Planarian Regeneration Via Expression of the HBNF-1 Protein from a Novel Plasmid Using an E. coli Vector: An Attempt to Prevent Paralysis.

Ms. Donnelly also received the United States Air Force Special Award at the event. She now moves on to participate in the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair to be held at MIT on May 5.

Also moving on to the state competition are sophomores Quinlan Slavin and Owen Kiernan (Improving a Mid-range Espresso Machine), and sophomores Vytas Alexander and Kyle Levy (Making a Working Key through 3D Printing from a Picture).