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Winners at 2020 Celebrating High School Innovators Competition

Congratulations to partners Matias Habib and Kendrick Bakel who were winners at the 2020 Celebrating High School Innovators competition held at Illinois State University on March 2. They came home with a top award, a check for $1,000, and scholarships to Illinois State University. The team plans to invest their prize money in the TerraBuster business. Click here to read the newspaper article.

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Way to go TerraBuster!

TerraBuster team at competition
TerraBuster presented their Japanese Beetle Bio-Pesticide at Illinois State University.

TerraBuster team awarded $1,000. for their bio-pesticide start-up.

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Illinois 4H State Fair Winner – 2019, 2021 and 2022

In August 2019 at Springfield, IL, my research on controlling Japanese Beetles won the championship award in Entomology, as well as an INSPIRE award by the judge.

Again in August 2021, after winning a Championship in Entomology at the Kendall County Fair, TerraBuster advanced to the Illinois State 4H Fair and was awarded a second INSPIRE award.

In 2022,  TerraBuster research on the Squash Bug won the county championship and the Illinois State 4-H championship in Entomology. 

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Kendall Co. Science Fair competition winner – 2018 & 2019

Matias Habib was one of the top prize winners at the University of Illinois Extension’s Youth Science Fair held in Kendall County, IL.

In 2019 he presented his project work studying and creating bioplastics. Read the news article here…

And in 2018 Matias studied different types of chemical de-icers to determine which was least harmful for vegetation, winning the top prize. Read the news article here…