GHS win 2021 DNA Day Essay Contest

Congratulations to Lea in Lower Sixth who has been named the winner of this year’s ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest.

The contest aims to challenge students across the world to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.

Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated…for making this another successful year! We received many submissions from students in 40 U.S. states, and 30 countries. We would also like to thank the ASHG members who participated in judging the essays.


For this year’s essay, students had to discuss whether inclusion of more diverse populations in genetic and genomic studies holds a potential to benefit future genetic research and improve human health.

Lea won $1000 for the school to spend on genetic related lab equipment and was also awarded individual prize money.