Cloquet High School junior Emma Wells' science research paper titled "Quack Quack, What's in my Water? What effect does the concentration of Salicylic acid (aspirin) have on the growth of Lemna minor (duckweed) and Lumbriculus variegatus reproduction rate while under the stress of glyphosate (roundup)" was published by the Minnesota Academy of Science. Wells was one of 10 top Minnesota high school researchers selected by the organization for its STEM Communicator Award.

Claire Taubman, Morgan Smith, Jordin Weisz and Abigail Smith's research papers were selected as Honorable Mention STEM Communicators. Ten papers were chosen to be published and the next 10 best research papers in Minnesota received Honorable mentions. Go to www.mnmas.org/hs-stem-communicator-awards/2017-stem-award-winners to see all winners.

STEM Communicator awards were created in 2013 by the Minnesota Academy of Science to focused on written communication skills among young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. The goal of these awards is to identify and encourage high school students who show exceptional potential in performing scientific and mathematical research, in communicating their research through writing, and in understanding the societal context of their research and results. The Minnesota High School STEM Communicator Awards is a statewide competition. The selection process identifies students having "A substantive base of scientific knowledge exceeding usual high school science requirements."

Wells is mentored by Cynthia Welsh and received guidance from Michelle Gutsch, a University of Minnesota Duluth doctorate candidate working at the Duluth Environmental Protection Agency.