Odessa student wins international science award



ODESSA, Wash. (AP) — Kira Powell’s high school science fair project focused on finding a way to save more scarce rainwater on dry land wheat fields before it can evaporate or flow away. The 16-year-old found a simple solution: Spread the powdery material used in disposable diapers on a wheat field and it will soak up and hold water.

That discovery has won some international attention for the junior at Odessa High School.

Powell presented her research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego, winning first prize, a $12,000 scholarship and a July trip to London. Earlier this month, Powell presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. She won the top prize in the plant science category and $8,000 in prizes.

Powell also just won her second consecutive Class 2B/1B state golf championship.