AP Biology Visits the Michael Smith Labs @ UBC

AP Bio at Michael Smith Labs
AP Bio at Michael Smith Labs

On Thursday, May 19th, the AP Biology class visited the Michael Smith Laboratories in UBC for a fascinating, hands-on look at genetics and ecology. The presenter, David Ng, informed us of the history and significance of the PCR process (used to amplify or copy DNA) through interesting, engaging games and quizzes, and then had us perform a PCR experiment with our own DNA.

Working with our hands to collect and prepare DNA samples was a great way to familiarize ourselves with each separate step of the PCR process and testing our replicated DNA for the presence of certain junk alleles allowed us to witness the effectiveness of PCR in action. David Ng also supplied facts and encouraged discussion on a broad range of topics from environmental issues to the importance of scientific literacy and education.

We were especially impressed when David Ng showed us the ‘Phylo’ trading card project he is currently working on, which aims to encourage interest in biodiversity. The colourful, informative trading cards of ‘Phylo’ feature many different species from all over the world and can be collected and used for games in the same way as Pokémon cards. Click the link for more information: http://phylogame.org.

Submitted by Rachael, Gr. 12, on behalf of the AP Bio Class.

Track BC Championships: 4x400m Relay Team Provincial Champions

Amabel takes 3 medals. YHS finishes 8th in BC.

Track and Field 2The most successful season in Tigers history came to a fitting close Saturday, June 4 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby as the final event of the year was won by our Tigers 4x400m relay team. The Tigers took home gold in a YHS record smashing time of 3:57.21.

This is the first Women’s Open Provincial Championship gold medal in the past 20 years at York House. The last known gold medal was *Camille Noel’s BC record 400m win back in 1989.

This year, the Tigers team was led by standout Amabel whose day at the track was nothing short of inspiring. She won a silver medal in the 400m running a personal best of 55.66, and was also 2nd to 3 time BC Champion, Katie Ried who is one of the very best 400m runners in Canada. Amabel then went on to win bronze in the 200m running yet another personal best of 25.13.

The Tigers 4x400m relay team consists of Isabella, Megan, Emma, Amabel and Katie. Katie was sick and away from school so Megan filled in. Their qualifying time of 4:02 put them as the #1 seed and was a new YHS record. Knowing the other teams would adjust and change runners, the Tigers goal was to get under 4:00 for the final. If they could they felt they could win gold.

Isabella had a great start and ran a 60, Grade 8 Megan stepped up and ran a terrific 63. Emma ran a personal best of approx. 59 and set the stage for the fastest girl on the track, Amabel. Amabel recieved the baton about 15m behind Walnut Grove, last year’s winner. Amabel reeled her in on the back stretch and passed her on the corner. It was an amazing race that ended with the Tigers winning by 5m and improving on their Friday time by almost 5 full seconds.

Track and Field 1Congratulations to all girls and to the coaches Mr. Jackson, Megan Kwan’09 and Natalie Liu’08!

*Camille Noel still holds the BC record in the 400m. She left YHS for grade 10 to McRoberts (then Magee) for Grade 11 and 12.

1  Oak Bay  84.5
2  Walnut Grove  46
3  Langley  40
4  Earl Marriott  35
5  Stelly’s  32
6  Killarney  29
7  Little Flower Academy  28
8  York House  24
9  WJ Mouat  22
10  Brookswood  21
10  Lord Tweedsmuir  21

Silver  400m            55.66
Bronze  200m            25.13

9th     400m            60.07

20th    100m            13.30
13th    200m            26.68

Isabella –>    Megan Walwyn –>    Emma –>    Amabel
3:57.21 The fastest winning time since 1997