Her national award winning science essay earned Cache Valley high school student Jayme Warner an opportunity this week to join other national winners at the second annual White House science fair. That was only part of the fun. Tuesday she met President Obama at the event. “It was so incredible, words can’t describe it,” she said. “It’s such a high honor. To be able to sit on the stage next to the President and hear his speech and then shake his hand was just absolutely amazing.” During his remarks the President announced steps the administration and partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science and earn degrees in those subjects. Jayme, a junior at InTech Collegiate High School in North Logan, attended the national fair with her science teacher, Dr. Stephanie Kawamura. She spent most of the day Tuesday at the White House, beginning with an hour-long security screening process. She was able to see some of the science and technology exhibits and meet other honorees. Her essay explains Hypertonic Saline Therapy, or breathing salty air, which is good for cystic fibrosis patients. It made her the 2011 DuPont Challenge science essay competition national award winner. “Essentially it draws the water out of the cells in the lungs and it thins the mucous in the lungs making it easier for them to cough up. Warner, who arrived in Washington later Saturday, said she and her father had time to visit art museums and galleries. She said she plans to enter Utah State University in the fall, majoring in Biology.
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