CHS Scientists Win Recognition for Contributions to Climate Change Research!

Three Colchester High School students have been recognized for their contributions to climate change research as a result of their extensive and impressive work with the University of Vermont’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) project!

CHS students and teacher Kara Lenorovitz at the 2013 symposium

CHS students Denir Djozic, Grace Yasewicz, and Andrew Pike and teacher Kara Lenorovitz at the 2013 symposium

As a result of the warming global climate, scientists anticipate that Vermont will experience more frequent and more intense storm events, potentially resulting in increased phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.


The CHS RACC team—CHS seniors Denir Djozic and Grace Yasewicz and sophomore Andrew Pike—focused their efforts on understanding how storm events impact phosphorus levels in streams in various areas of different land uses. Under the tutelage of science teacher Kara Lenorovitz, the student team worked with EPSCoR—a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaborative research effort between university researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school teams throughout New England, New York, and Puerto Rico—beginning in July 2012 to better understand how climate change will impact the Lake Champlain Basin. Specifically, the researchers hoped to better understand the impact of global climate change upon Vermont and how we can best prepare for it.

Andrew sampling

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

At the April 4 fifth-annual VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) 2013 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium in South Burlington, a panel of post-doctorate judges deemed the CHS team as having created and presented the best scientific poster! (To view the poster, please click here.)

CHS has been involved with the EPSCoR RACC and Streams projects for more than five years. Next year, Andrew Pike and rising juniors Hannah Rogers and Maddy Powell will continue in the RACC research effort.

Congratulations, Denir, Grace, and Andrew!

For more information, please call CHS at (802) 264-5700, or e-mail CHS science teacher Kara Lenorovitz (

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