Woodstock High School Class of 2012 graduate Mary Margaret Penniman (center) traveled to Istanbul, Turkey recently to compete in the 20th Annual International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) from May 19 through 22, 2012. Mary won a gold medal for her project: “Use of Cyanobacteria in the Hydroponic Growth of Zea mays v. indentata as an Alternative Nitrate Source.” Only 12 gold medals were given in the competition, which featured 124 projects by 200 students from 50 different countries spanning four continents. This is the first year that a Woodstock HS student has competed in the event, and only the second year that schools from Georgia have competed. In addition to winning a gold medal, Mary was interviewed at the conclusion of the competition by a Turkish news agency, and the interview was subsequently broadcast to countries around the world. Her biology teacher at Woodstock HS was Jennifer Forsyth.