WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When Caitlyn Hill needed supplies for her science fair project, she and her father turned to the World Wide Web.
It was on eBay where they found a key component called capsaicin.
The chemical compound is what makes chili peppers hot, Caitlyn explained.
Capsaicin apparently also made the 14-year-old's project hot, earning her the title of "champion" at the Franklin Science and Technology Fair last month.
Caitlyn, a freshman at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, had a feeling she would win something, but wasn't anticipating the title just one step away from her ultimate goal of grand champion. The enthusiasm for science, which has yielded fair projects for three years, also serves as the foundation of her desired career.
"This is the kind of stuff I want to do," Caitlyn said. "I want to be a research physician and find medicines."