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Space launch will include Southern Tier science project

Three students from Buffalo got their chance to have their science project launched into space.

Now, six more from the Southern Tier will get their turn.

Six students from Wellsville Secondary School in Allegany County were selected to have their science experiment tested on the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for sometime in 2018.

The six students — Tyler Watson, Shannon Nye, Brandon Bailey, David Graham,  Nichelle Dannheim and Trinity Roulo — are studying the effects of Vitamin C in space with their experiment, "The Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Planarian Regeneration in Microgravity." The student experiment is under the supervision of biology instructor Ross Munson and advisers from SUNY Alfred State and Alfred University.

The Wellsville project was one of 34 chosen from 31 communities in the United States, Canada and Brazil. A winner is selected from each of the participating communities. Locally, 11 schools and two after-school programs entered the competition coordinated by WNY STEM Hub, a nonprofit created to steer students toward the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A team of three students from Hamlin Park Academy had its experiment launched to the International Space Station last year.

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