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Doughty students honored by Cornerstones of Science

Photo courtesy of the Doughty School
Photo courtesy of the Doughty School
Abigail McCarty (right) earned first place, and P.J. Leclair earned third place in the Cornerstones of Science Read Write & Win contest for grade eight. Both are students at James F. Doughty School in Bangor.

BANGOR — Two accelerated physical science students at James F. Doughty School earned first and third place in the 2011 Read Write & Win, Cornerstones of Science competition for grade eight.

Abigail McCarthy won first place with her review of “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” by Jim Murphy. McCarty’ s review leaves readers wanting to learn more about the yellow fever crisis in Philadelphia in the late 1700s.

P.J. LeClair reviewed “A Dinosaur Named Sue: A Find of the Century,” by Fay Robinson, and received third place in the Read, Write & Win competition. His book selection explored and elaborated on “Sue,” the largest and most complete T. rex fossil

found in South Dakota in 1990.

The Cornerstones of Science is an award-winning national science literacy initiative that originated at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. The objective is to support a scientifically literate society through promoting science-related books, offering thought-provoking programs and engaging opportunities for community involvement in current scientific issues.

The Read, Write, & Win book review contest is open to students in grades three through 12. Participants from all over the country review a book on their list of the Cornerstones of Science, organized by grade level or reading level. The contest received 26 entries from the Doughty School’s grade eight accelerated physical science class.

The students each chose a book and obtained a copy with the help of Doughty School’s media specialist, some from the Doughty Media Center and some from Bangor Public Library through interlibrary loan. The students read the books and wrote heartfelt reflections, including whether they thought their book selection was worthy of being a Cornerstone of Science book.

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