December 13, 2012
As an incoming freshman to Woodstock Union High School, I am truly looking forward to the Mercury Project. The Mercury Project is a service-learning collaboration between my school, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, and Dartmouth College. The ninth grade class studies mercury and its effects by conducting research at the park and throughout the community. Now, I usually am not too enthusiastic about digging through soil and coming in contact with dragonfly nymphs, but this program is the exception. This is because the experiments produce information that is important to our knowledge of this toxic element. For example, a friend of mine, who is now a Junior and was involved with the first year of the project, worked on an experiment that studied if the amounts of mercury in humans vary depending on if they are omnivores or vegetarians. The result of her experiment--more mercury was found in omnivores-- is something that people truly want to know. My friend encouraged me to try to collect more data this year to see if her findings are accurate. She is still interested in learning about mercury in our environment!