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Phoenix-area teen wins spot on scientific research trip to Germany

PHOENIX — Turkey, stuffing and passport. That’s the Thanksgiving checklist for a suburban Phoenix teenager whose science project led to a trip to Germany.
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Emily Ethington of Chandler was one of 12 students from across the country who were recently selected for an all-expense paid science-related trip to Germany, the East Valley Tribune reported.

The 16-year-old from Perry High School in Gilbert earned her spot with a science fair project aimed at making flame-resistant paint with ash. Ethington, the only Arizona student chosen, leaves Nov. 27 for a week.

The contest, sponsored by the German government, will give the winners the opportunity to visit Berlin, see Geoscience, Bionics and Technology research institutions, the German Aerospace Center and the Cologne Cathedral, the Goethe Institut said.

Ethington told the newspaper she didn’t think she had a chance but when she found out, “My mouth dropped. I ran around the house. My dad works nights and was sleeping and I woke him up to tell him,” she said.

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