Isabel Grandy – Grandy, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, has grown up learning about Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis. When presented with an opportunity to help the coast she loves so much, she jumped at the chance. She developed a research project to find an alternate method of preventing coastal erosion and marsh subsidence. Under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Beth Middleton at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and over nine months, she studied the effects of dredge spoil on sapling trees. Grandy has won numerous awards for her work, including being selected to the Genius Olympiad Competition in Syracuse New York, where she will present her research in June.