Cornwall science students bring home the gold

Pictured, from left, Michelle Journeaux, Samantha Peets, Gabriel Valin and Jeremy Mallette in Fredericton, N.B. after Samantha and Jeremy won a gold medal and the Canadian Acoustical Association Award at the Canada Wide Science Fair on May 15, 2015. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/Supplied)

FREDERICTON, N.B. – Two Cornwall high school students can be classified as part of an elite group – Canada’s top science students.

Jeremy Mallette and Samantha Peets took home the gold medal Friday at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, N.B.

The Grade 12 students from St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School also won the $1,000 Canadian Acoustical Association Award.

The pair had developed an Ultrasonic Personal Object Detector, or UPOD, which is a wearable navigation device for the visually impaired.

Working with the CNIB, the pair were able to carry out some real-life tests with the device that uses tones that increase in speed as the wearer gets closer to an object. The UPOD also senses levels in elevation.

The win for the pair also opens the door to up to $27,000 in scholarships from universities across Canada.

Gabriel Valin from L’Héritage in Cornwall and Michelle Journeaux from Glengarry District High School represented the region as well at the national event.

“They are all incredible kids,” said Mike O’Neil, a local science fair organizer who accompanied the group.

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