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Amarillo's Young Scientist

Emily Whelchel Emily Whelchel

Mommy versus moo is a project where San Jacinto's Emily Whelchel took three different types of milk: breast, cow, and formula, and questioned more than 200 women on which they thought was the best for their child based on appearance.

What she found was surprising.

"A lot of them chose cows milk over breast milk just because breast milk looked so much thinner and discolored. It's not a good thing at all, because breast milk is the best thing you can give your child."

Emily's research garnered national attention, and her project has been used in two international conferences. She also has an article published in a medical journal.

It was her a teacher that first saw the potential of this project.

"I wasn't sure, but my supervisor Dr. John Young was sure. At the beginning, he said this is going to win school, this is going to win regionals, and it will get you to state. His motivation helped me have more confidence in my project, because it really has gotten me pretty far."

Emily had a friend do missionary work in Africa. When she found out many women over there did not feed their children breast milk, because it looked unhealthy, she decided to conduct this research about this area.

The Discovery Channel Challenge to find the top young scientist contacted the Whelchels, and let them know emily was a semi-finalist. Emily is one of forty kids from Texas chosen to be a semi-finalist, and one of 400 kids throught the country.

Now it's a waiting game to see if she and her dad get to go to Washington D.C. to participate.

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