Local student named finalist in global science video contest

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-A local student has joined the ranks of other young scholars worldwide.

Janessa Unseld is a student at the Gatton Academy. She was included in the top 15 finalists competing in what’s called the Breakthrough Junior Challenge with $400,000 in prizes up for grabs.

The 15 finalists from across the world made short videos about big ideas in life sciences, physics, mathematics, and a new COVID-19 category. Unseld’s video was based on quantum mechanics, and why we don’t see them in everyday life.

Unseld said making this video took 5 to 10 hours of research. She was thrilled by the news of being a finalist.

“I went from just being a girl in Bowling Green Kentucky where you’re seeing all of these finalists from all over the world. Now, I’m on this page along with the best and brightest kids and future scientists across the world. That’s literally insane. I never thought I’s see my face on this website, let alone in the top 15,” Unseld said.

Since its launch, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge has reached 202 countries, and the 2020 installment attracted more than 5,600 applicants.