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Biology teaches us about life
Last week at the request of Eliz- The answer is that in our natural
abeth Burnett, a St. Croix Central Olasee world, we observe a variety of life
High School science teacher and the often behaving in ways strange to
coordinator for the Second Annual Davis us. The black widow spider spins a
Biology Bee Competition, I was a Owj perfect web. Birds make perfect
guest speaker along with Sen. Ali- mOniM ent "ests fortheir young.
cia Hansen; Isabel Zapletal, physio- You see, biological science
therapist technician: and Joseph gives us insight into Nature itself
Mark, assistant director for the Juan and helps us understand how vari-
Luis Hospital laboratory on St. Biological Warriors and the Tigers ous plants and animals in an given
Croix. were 30 points, ecosystem live, how populations of
Judges were David Isaac, Vilayeth The final competition was on species interact with the physical
Ahmed and Anna Kowalska. April 19, and the Biological War- environment, how organs work
I had the privilege of talking riors and the Dissectors competed. together in a system, and so on.
with some of the brightest students In this last round, the Central Biology also focuses on the way
on St Croix. High School Biological Warriors AIDS, cancer, heart attacks and
In this Biology Bee, private and won the competition. The scores genetic conditions affect humans.
public schools participated. On were 289 points for the Biological Congratulation to Shamane
April 18, the BioWizards from Cen- Warriors and 90 points for the Dis- Browne, Kenneth Richmond,
tral High School competed with the sectors. Kaslm Williams, Dyanne Baptiste
Dissectors from Good Hope School. Believe me, it was a thrill to see and Lynel Lynch: Biological war-
The scores were 182 points for the these students answers technical riors and winners of the Biology
Dissectors and the BioWizards questions about DNA, meiosis, Bee competition.
scores were 109 points. mitosis, metaphase, muscular tissue Olasee Davis, who holds a mas-
The Biological Warriors from and other biological terms. ter of science degree in range man-
Central High School competed with However, some students might agement and forestry ecology, is a
the Tigers from Country Day ask: "Why biology? Or people, for St. Croix ecologist, activist and
School. The scores were 349 for the that matter?" writer.