Young scientists’ ‘outside’ lives

Science fair finalists include firefighters, musicians and even magicians

By Daniel Strain, 14:05 PM May 1, 2012

To say that Rachel Davis, 18, is interesting might be an understatement. Davis, a student at Smithtown High School East in Saint James, N.Y., is a firefighter who puts out flames using hoses — and science. After she lost her own family home in a blaze, Davis joined her local volunteer firefighting department at age 16. This winter, she rushed to put out a towering house fire alongside nearly 150 other emergency personnel. She’s modest about this extracurricular activity, saying only “It’s ...

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