Nicolle Matthews and Sarah Galvin will be heading to the United States Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

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Sophomore, Sarah Galvin, 16, is hard at work preparing for her oral presentation to the United States military at the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), to take place next month. Galvin’s presentation of an Android application to control a robot took first place at last weekend’s state competition and she took home a $2,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid invitation to the national finals.

Galvin won’t be traveling to the competition alone. Fellow Paragon Science Academy student Nicolle Matthews will be joining her, after placing third at the state competition, earning a $1,000 scholarship, and also qualifying for an all-expenses trip to the United States Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

As a 14-year-old freshman, Matthews was the youngest participant at the state competition. She designed and created tennis shoe inserts that, when in use by the wearer, produce electrical charges that are stored in a rechargeable battery for later use.

The 50th Unites States Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force, will take place in Bethesda, Md., May 2-6.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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