Science fair project Sussex Central senior’s ticket to the White House

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Sussex Central High School senior Mikayla Ockels will present her award-winning science fair project to President Obama during a White House visit April 12-13.

GEORGETOWN – An award-winning science project is Sussex Central High School senior Mikayla Ockels’ ticket to the White House.

Mikayla will visit Washington, D.C. April 12-13 during which she will present her science fair project to President Obama.

She was one of only about 25 students nationwide to be selected for this honor.

Mikayla’s’ project, “The Feed to Egg Conversion Rate of Heritage Hens,” received the Practical Impact Award at the National BioGENEius Science Fair in Philadelphia and a first-place award at the Delaware State BioGENEius Science Fair in 2015.

Since 2013, she has earned awards, honors and scholarships at numerous competitions, including the Sussex County Science Fair, Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair, International Science and Engineering Fair, NASA Science Fair, and state and national Future Farmers of America (FFA) agriscience fairs.

A student in Sussex Central’s International Baccalaureate program, Mikayla is ranked in the top 1 percent of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society.

She has earned numerous awards and honors from FFA, Health Occupations Students of America, the International Equestrian Association and Sussex County and Delaware State 4H organizations. She also operates her own beekeeping, laying hen and goat raising businesses.

Mikayla is active in her community, performing a variety of volunteer activities across the state. She is also a member of the SCHS field hockey and track and field teams and was named WBOC-TV’s Scholar Athlete of the Month for October 2015.

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