PHOTO: Three Shelton students are scholarship finalists

Shelton High School students have been selected as three of the five finalists to compete for the $14,000 Weller Foundation Scholarship.
The local finalists were SHS seniors Eunsun Hong, Michael Lynders and Dakota McDonough.

Established in 1977, the scholarship’s purpose is to encourage academic excellence in an independent research or study project. It is open to seniors at Shelton, Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown and Trumbull high schools.

The scholarship is named after its benefactor, the late Burton L. Weller, who was founder of Vitramon Inc. in Monroe.

Finalists were elected based on originality, format, and project implementation and potential. Each received a $200 check to help defray expenses during the five-month project period.

The overall winner will be announced at a dinner in late April.

The three student projects

Eunsun, the daughter of John Hong and Atsuko Kumon, completed “Stabilizing Phycoerythrin Using Trehalose.” The object was use trehalose to stabilize or keep alive phycoerythrin, which is a red pigment from red seaweed.

Michael, the son of Michael and Mary Lynders, worked on “The Robotic Arm: A Study in Mechatronics.” The goal was to design, build, program and demonstrate a mechanical arm capable of positioning and manipulating small objects.

Dakota, the daughter of William McDonough and Tamara Crews, focused on “The Effects of Varying Color Spectrum Wavelengths on the Growth of Pumpkins.” The object was to determine if exposure to different light frequencies impacted the growth rate, color and fruit production of the plant.