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Benedict Brady, a senior at Evanston Township High School, was named a finalist in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, a competition held at Loyola University that promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level. 

Benedict’s work is in planetary dynamics, where he has run and analyzed complex computer simulations with advanced, professional software to determine the stability of the solar system’s inner planets’ orbits as a function of Jupiter’s mass.

“Four other papers were submitted by ETHS students, each of which described interesting, strong research projects ranging from swarm robotics to fractal analysis of Antarctica’s coastline, a network theory analysis of mentorship, as well as looking at combined effects of nanoparticle contaminants on biological systems,” said ETHS teacher Mark Vondracek, who coaches the students.