Intel STS finalist brings earthworms to the big time

Anne Merrill shows how worms and charcoal help plants grow in Intel Science Talent Search

By Bethany Brookshire, 18:20 PM March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — Anne Merrill, 17, has always liked earthworms. “When I was a little kid,” she explains, “I was always stuffing worms in my pockets. My mom learned to be very careful washing my clothes.” Now, the senior at Greenwich High School in Connecticut is taking worm research to the big time at the Intel Science Talent Search.

Her youthful love of worms has grown into a passion for environmental science. With help from a lot of wriggly volunteers, Anne found earthworms and biochar — charcoa...

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