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AISES PEOPLE

J

ada Johnson grew up in
Cloquet, Minn., which she
calls "a smaller town, but
bigger than most." Even
though she says there isn't a
lot to do around Cloquet,
Johnson, Ojibwe, stays busy
with extracurricular
activities. As an added bonus, the
organizations Johnson is a part of often
allow her to travel beyond her hometown. "I've always been involved in
things like science fairs and Upward
Bound that take me places," she says.
Science is a big part of her life. Since
the seventh grade, Johnson has been
doing science projects just for fun. Her
current endeavor involves BPS, a sister
chemical to BPA. "We found out that
BPS has the same types of side effects as
BPA," says Johnson. "The coating on
plastic water bottles and certain thermal
receipt paper that you touch on a daily
basis soaks through your hands and
causes issues, especially for women who
want to become pregnant or are
pregnant, because of the estrogenic
feature. The baby inherits their mother's
GI tract, so they have the same problems
the mother has."
After finding out that E. coli has
estrogen receptors, and BPS mimics the
hormone estrogen, Johnson and her
science fair partner decided to extract the
BPS from thermal receipt paper and test
it on E. coli. They also added probiotics
to the equation to get a better overall
understanding of the GI tract.
"I've always found it very interesting
and different," says Johnson of her
scientific studies. This particular project,
which combines health issues and

JADA
JOHNSON
JANA PETERSON

OJIBWE / CLOQUET
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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