Waipahu student wins national contest

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (KHNL) - A 12th grader from Waipahu High School won first place in a national poster contest for Indianapolis based biotechnology company Lily BioDreaming.

Bryson Espresion of Waipahu won $500 dollars for the first place prize in the 10-12 category of the 2008 poster competition.

The event was sponsored by Lily BioDreaming and Dow Agro Sciences both companies seek to recognize student artwork that conveys the promise and achievements of biotechnology.

"Imagination is at the heart of innovation, and it's exciting to see children using art to imagine the possibilities presented by biotechnology,"said Jerome Peribere, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences.

The awards ceremony was held July 23 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

Hundreds of K-12 students from across the United States submitted posters that followed the theme of biotechnology's ability to enhance human health, food supply and the environment.

The artwork submitted for the competition was displayed during an international biotech convention held June15-19 in San Diego, California where over 20,000 attendees were able to view the student's posters.