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Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Celebrating Unsung Plant Scientists
Jun 07

Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Celebrating Unsung Plant Scientists

By Jennifer Torrance, Science Education Coordinator

Thank you all for your submissions to our last challenge of the year, Challenge 6: Celebrating Unsung Plant Scientists! This is the Fairchild Global Challenge for the 2020-2021 challenge year, and was completed by elementary, middle and high school students. Challenge 6 asked students to create original trading cards to celebrate the life and work of plant scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Plant scientists from all over the world and throughout history have changed the way we treat diseases, feed communities, and understand climate change. Their hard work, past and present, inspires new generations of budding plant scientists.

Please enjoy a selection of student works below!

Elementary School

Burgettstown Area Elementary Center

Jeanne Baret by Lucy Snatchko

Edgewood Elementary STEAM Academy

David Morris by Samuel Peretti

Turtle Creek Elementary STEAM Academy

Theophrastus by Levi Drake

Mary Seacole by Camden Evans

Daniel Fairchild by Ryleigh Wagner

Caroline Dorman by Jonas Divelbiss

Dr. Tanisha Williams by Katelyn Pittler

Middle School

Deer Lakes East Union Intermediate Center

Edward Osborne Wilson by Caden Taylor and Ellie Miller

Elizabeth S. Haswell By Caden Taylor and Ellie Miller

Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy

Angela Piskernik by Mackenna Matthews

Marie Clark Taylor by Lizzy Geyer

Keystone Oaks Middle School

Marie Taylor by Anthony Cerminara

O'Neil Ray Collins by Fatuma Godlieve

Graziela Maciel Barroso by Allie Pfeufer and Kailani Slifer

Mariya Yaklyna Zerova by Abigail Purfill, Sydney Meagle and Sophiya Bhandari

North Allegheny Cyber Academy 

Joseph Dalton Hooker by James Xiao

High School

Central Catholic High School

Dr. Peter Raven by Galen Hardy

Agnus Arber by Garett Mann

Ellen Hutchins by John Beeson

George Washington Carver by Ryan O'Toole

Marie Clark Taylor by Jack Kaczmarski

Penn-Trafford High School

Carolyn Finney by Ella Dindak

Tatiana Krasnoselskaia by Kate Malley and Mark Harris

Shaler Area High School

Alicia Lourteig by Caitlin Fedorek

George Washington Carver by Anna Sholties and Jamie Eichmiller

West Mifflin Area High School

Janaki Ammal by Mackenzie Cochenour and Zachary Jackene

Janaki Ammal by Abby Chuba

Thank you to all participating students for their hard work and diligence on their projects! We also want to thank the families and teachers who continue to support these students in their work! We look forward to seeing you next year for the 2021-2022 Fairchild Challenge!


Have questions? Contact Jennifer Torrance at


Developed by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Fl., and adopted by Phipps as a satellite partner in 2008, The Fairchild Challenge offers a menu of interdisciplinary challenges for grades 6 – 8 and grades 9 – 12, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. The Challenge empowers young people to engage in civic life and encourages them to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities.

Cover Art: Jeanne Baret by Lucy Snatchko, Burgettstown Area Elementary Center

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