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Shellabrations as Moville student lifts BT award 12.01.15

MOVILLE Community College is celebrating a 'crackin' achievement after one of its own took silver in the prestigious BT Young Scientist of the Year Awards in Dublin.
Jack McDermott, a fourth year pupil at the school, took second spot in the Biological and Ecological category with his investigation into whether the shape of an egg affects the hatch rate in chickens.
The 17-year-old was the only Inishowen student in the finals, held at the RDS last week.
Jack has an incubator at home in Moville and used his own hens for the project, in which he tracked their genetics.
He wanted to know if there were differences between individual hatches and set about dividing the eggs into two groups – regular-shaped eggs with no defects and irregular-shaped eggs with defects.
Jack McDermott from Moville pictured at the BT Young Scientist competition 2015. Also in the photo is Jack's science teacher Rachel McGuinness, who is also a past pupil of Moville Community College, and Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin.
Jack said he hoped his findings – that regular-shaped eggs hatch better – would improve the hatch rate in chickens.
The teenager said he was "over the moon" with his award.
Proud teacher Rachel McGuinness said Jack's unique project could prove highly valuable especially in disadvantaged communities reliant on agriculture to survive.
“Jack’s project is very interesting and he came up with the idea himself. Looking at the bigger picture, his research findings could aid charities such as Bothar - who supply families with chickens - in ensuring they have a more successful hatch,” she said.
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