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Forsyth Central High School students finalists in science competition

A team of ninth-grade students from Forsyth Central High School competed last week in a national science and technology competition.

The team — made up of students Danielle Byrne, Miyang Tamanji, Alexandria Yates and Samuel Dong — was selected as one of 20 national finalists to compete in the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Educational Event in Washington, D.C.

Each national finalist team received $4,000 in savings bonds, and the four national winners each earned an additional $5,000.

The team researched the damage done by common fertilizers and determined which were the most and least harmful. They concluded that fast-release fertilizers did the most damage and liquid fertilizers were the least dangerous.

To study fertilizers, the students developed bio systems of snails and moss to see which fertilizers caused an impact.

The group said they hope their research reaches members of the community and that homeowners change the products they use.

The competition is held for students in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades, and the Central team was the only national finalist from Georgia.