Hanover student a finalist for Breakthrough Prize

December 5, 2017 by  

On December 3, the winners of the Breakthrough Prize, science’s version of the Oscars, were announced during a glamorous ceremony.

This year, a student from Hanover was among the 15 finalists for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global competition designed to inspire people between the ages of 13 and 18 to think creatively about science.

Shannon Hutchinson, who’s now a freshman at Temple University in Philadelphia, made it to the final round with a video that helped to break down science so that even an eight-year-old could understand difficult concepts.

Her entry to the competition featured herself, her little sister and a song all about the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Hutchinson made it to the final round of the competition after a popular vote and a panel of judges whittled the list from 29 to 15 participants. Although Hutchinson saw the announcement for the contest on Facebook, organizers of similar contests often use flyers to spread the word and encourage people to participate.

Speaking to the Evening Sun, she said that she was inspired to make her video after reading Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’. She said that she is interested in physics and is majoring film and computer science. She was drawn to entering the Breakthrough Junior contest after seeing a call for scientists and filmmakers.

The 2017 Breakthrough Junior prize ended up going to Hillary Diane Andales, an 18-year-old from the Philippines.