Congratulations to Frankie Orozco, Dimensions of Biodiversity High School Fellow

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 10:06

Congratulations to high school student Francisco Orozco, a DoB High School Fellow from Tucson High Magnet School!

Through the DoB collaboration with Margaret Wilch, the Honors Research Methods teacher at THMS, Frankie has worked in the Arnold lab to study the cellulase and ligninase activity of endophytic fungi. We are thrilled with his successes in the 2011 'science fair season'! After winning the grand award at the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair and being recognized with numerous special awards at local, regional, and state levels, Frankie went on to a third-place grand award at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA, and a gold medal at the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy, & Environment) Project Olympiad in Houston, TX. In June 2011 he was named one of four statewide 'Young Innovators of the Year' and will be honored at a reception with the Governor of Arizona in November. Overall Frankie has earned more than $10,000 in college scholarships and will enroll at the University of Arizona this fall as a first-generation college student. We couldn't be more proud of Frankie and his accomplishments!

To read more about Frankie Orozco, please see this article from visit poster's website the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's daily newspaper.