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A Neelin High School student has walked away with three awards from the Western Manitoba Science Fair and a ticket to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, N.B. next month.
Grade 12 student Aiden Simard focused his project on the connection between adolescent anxiety and social media.
He won the Best of Fair trophy, the Disease Prevention Award and a Brandon University Scholarship award, valued at $500 in tuition and $200 cash.
"I’m very, very excited and very humbled to be the recipient of these awards," Simard said on Wednesday. "Knowing I have this award maybe people will see more of the results and the message behind it as well."
He’s been working on the project since October, he said, spending close to 700 hours working on it.
His research found that participants who reduced their social-media use saw decreased stress levels, the cortisol levels in the hormones in their blood decreased almost 50 per cent and the same with blood pressure.
He was one of approximately 500 grades 1 through 12 students in the Westman area whose projects were displayed at the Western Manitoba Science Fair at the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre Tuesday.
He said that his hope is that winning the award will help spread his research’s findings, adding that it’s also helpful to get feedback from judges and other students on his project.
"Going to the national in Fredericton provides me with much more opportunity (that) I was definitely hoping to be able to have."
» The Brandon Sun