“Bat Girl” takes Grand Champion in Science Fair!

If you’ve been following my blogs (Letters from a Young Bat Scientist–No. 1 through No. 8) about rising star in the world of bat conservation, Alexis Valentine aka “Bat Girl,” then you know this amazing 8th grader has been extolling the virtues of bats to the public since 3rd grade, giving lectures to the Rotary Club, winning science fair competitions, and doing research on bats and white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park! Alexis was in grade school when she had her first encounter with a bat (above photo).

More recently, “Bat Mom” Amy, sent us this newspaper clipping of Alexis (3rd from the left) with her award of Grand Champion, Junior Division of the 2016 Sevier County Science Fair!

Alexis competes at the regional SASEF Science Fair in Knoxville very soon on April 5. You go, “Bat Girl”!

Alexis Valentine's Science Fair Newspaper Article

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