Daniel Gaines, a senior at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology in college. During his junior year, he worked with The Vineyard Conservation Society as a member of the 2015-2016 Ban the Bag Initiative committee, which succeeded in banning plastic bags in five of the six Island towns. Daniel is an active member of the high school’s chess club and won third place in the 2016 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair for ‘Styroads,’ porous plastic sidewalks made from 100% recycled Styrofoam, for which a patent is now pending. He has worked as an assistant to the Edgartown Harbor Master and also as an intern with The Trustees of Reservations. Daniel plans to intern with the Lyme Disease eradication project overseen by Dr. Kevin Esvelt, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other professors and graduate students from MIT and Tufts who are collaborating to develop a population of Lyme disease resistant mice.