Toxic Dirt + Avian Flu = Science Fair Success

Fifteen-year-old Nolan Kamitaki shows what it takes to become one of America's top young scientists.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM August 13, 2007

When Nolan Kamitaki won the $20,000 scholarship grand prize at last year's Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC), he was stunned.

"I saw the camera focus on me, and I stood up," says Nolan, who will be a sophomore this fall at Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii. "After that," he recalls, "It was really a dreamlike sequence."

Nolan Kamitaki wins the grand prize award at DCYSC in 2006. Surrounding him are (from left) Judith McHale, president & CEO, Discovery Channel; Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH; John Hendricks, founder and

Nolan Kamitaki wins the grand prize award at DCYSC in 2006. Surrounding him are (from left) Judith McHale, president & CEO, Discovery Channel; Anthony ...

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