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KU Area Health Education Center will crown another Night @ The Lab Statewide Champion

November 15, 2018

The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will hold its annual Night @ The Lab statewide competition on Nov. 28, 2018 on the campus of KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. 

The Night @ The Lab statewide competition is the culmination of six regional competitions held during the month of October in which teams of 2-3 high school students research a topic related to cardiovascular and respiratory issues then develop a display board and 3-5 minute oral presentation. The winner from each regional competition advanced to the statewide competition on the campus of KU Medical Center. This year, more than 140 high school students participated on 53 teams from 20 different schools across Kansas.

The teams competing in the statewide competition include:

  • South-Central Region Winner - Wichita North High School
    • Team Members - Abbygayle Lund, Nidia Lazos, and Janet Rodriguez (Sponsor - Ms. JJ Riley)
  • Northeast Region Winner - Nemaha Central High School
    • Team Members - Emma Elder and Hannah Meyer (Sponsor - Ms. Maggie Hasenkamp)
  • Northwest Region Winner - Hays High School
    • Team Members - Ginny Ke, Johnny Fuller, and Callie Raacke (Sponsor - Mr. Dan Dickerson)
  • Southwest Region Winner - Garden City High School
    • Team Members - Chloe Hanigan, Olivia Hanigan, and Elena Lemke (Sponsor - Mrs. Jane Schneider)
  • Southeast Region Winner - Frontenac High School
    • Team Members - Hannah Eckstein and Easton King (Sponsor - Ms. Julie Mahnken)
  • North-Central Region Winner - Junction City High School
    • Team Members - Paloma Picazo, Patricia Cruz, and Ali Vazquez (Sponsors - Ms. Becky Steiger and Ms. Nancy Dettmer)

Following the competition, the students will tour the KU Medical Center campus and a selection of departments. The students will arrive on campus the previous afternoon to socialize with fellow competitors, enjoy dinner and practice their presentations with each other.

In addition to plaques, the winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) annual symposium on January 19-20, 2019, where they will present their research to symposium attendees.

Last modified: Nov 16, 2018