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Braeden Benedict

Hometown: 
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
School: 
St. John Fisher School
Age: 
14
Grade: 
8
Braeden not only enjoys participating in science fairs, but is also a member of the Boy Scouts. He plays the saxophone, sings in a choir, plays lacrosse and football, and is involved in student council as the president of the student body.
What is your favorite subject in school?: 
My favorite subject is science.
What kind of extra-curricular activities or hobbies do you enjoy participating in?: 
Over the years, I have participated in many extra-curricular activities. I play the saxophone, act in the school drama productions, and sing in the school choir. I have a very outgoing personality, and these activities fit my personality. I am a Life Scout in Boy Scouts, just one rank below Eagle Scout. I like to backpack, perform service, and teach younger scouts. Also, I have played football, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, basketball, and baseball. I like sports because they challenge me and I like being active. In March 2011, I participated in the Los Angeles Archdiocese Junior Academic Decathlon. As Captain, I helped our team win 4th in Logic, 7th in Super Quiz, and 4th overall out of 104 schools. I also placed first in the individual science test, receiving a perfect score.
What career do you want to pursue and why?: 
I probably like to pursue a career in science or engineering. These careers would allow me to use my scientific knowledge and make an impact on the world.
Why did you enter in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge?: 
My science teacher informed me about it last year. Filming and editing are two more things I enjoy doing. I was not able to participate in it last year, so I was extra excited to participate in it this year. After all, who wouldn't want to win 25,000?
What do you enjoy most about science?: 
I like to think critically and analyze data from experiments. It's fun to learn how things in our world work and why they work.
What science accomplishment are you the most proud of?: 
For the past three years, I have completed a science fair project for school and then competed at the Los Angeles County Science Fair. Last year, I conducted research on the Kelvin Electrostatic Generator, a setup that uses nothing but falling water to generate high-voltage electricity. I spent numerous hours attempting to make it work. I stuck to it, and soon, sparks were flying! I placed first at both my school science fair and at the Los Angeles County science fair. I proceeded on to the California State Science Fair, where I received Honorable Mention in the Energy and Power Division and the "Clever Scientist Award" from ScienceBuddies.com.
State: 
California

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