Local students take top awards at regional science fairPublished 11:04am Thursday, March 21, 2013
Local students brought home their fair share of awards from the regional science fair held March 5. Thirty students from Elmore County competed in the Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Auburn.
“These students had placed at the county fair in first through third place in order to be eligible to enter the regional fair,” said Virginia Vilardi, Wetumpka High science teacher and county science fair coordinator. “The students did exceedingly well placing high in almost all of the nine categories in both junior and senior divisions.”
Elmore County winners were:
SENIOR (Grades 9-12)
Dalton Cape, Wetumpka High, Physics and Anatomy, “Non-Newtonian Fluids – The Liquid Life Saver.” Other awards: certificate of achievement and computer bag.
Demetrius Hooks, Wetumpka High, Behavioral and Social Sciences, “Is There a Direct Link Between Hyper-Texting, Hyper-Social Networking and Risk Behaviors?” Other awards: American Psychological Association Award, Navy Certificate of Achievement and medallion.
Tanner Knight, Wetumpka High, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Using Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Acne.” Other awards: certificate of achievement and computer bag.
Audrey Pinkston, Wetumpka High, Animal and Plant Sciences, “H202 and Seed Germination.”
Zena Banker, Wetumpka High, Energy and Transportation, “Energy Quest.” Other awards: Outstanding Sustainability Award.
Hannah Benton, Wetumpka High, Behavioral and Social Sciences, “Parking Wars and Endowment Effect.”
Devon Bringham, Stanhope Elmore, Cellular / Molecular Biology and Microbiology, “Reeds: Got Bacteria?”
Jonathan Oliver, Wetumpka High, Earth and Environmental Sciences, “Pollution and Depth of Water.” Other awards: American Meteorological Society Award, Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Robbie Ricks, Stanhope Elmore, Animal and Plant Sciences, “Respiration of Pea Seeds and Temperature.”
Jeremy Carlson, Stanhope Elmore, Energy and Transportation, “Different Ways of Evaporative Cooling.”
Taylor Hopper and Jonathan Mummy, Wetumpka High, Engineering, Math and Computer Sciences, “Does Position Affect Fatigue and Score?”
Kayla Russian, Wetumpka High, Earth and Environmental Sciences, “Can You Really ‘Clean Green’?”
Caitlin Sweeney, Wetumpka High, Cellular / Molecular Biology and Microbiology, “Band Room in Dissonance.”
Quentin Vercher and Alexander Webb, Wetumpka High, Animal and Plant Sciences, “Does Spit Heal?”
Autumn Corley, Stanhope Elmore, Animal and Plant Sciences, “The Effects of Soap on Plants.”
Kayla Edwards, Wetumpka High, Cellular / Molecular Biology and Microbiology, “Is it Safe to Drink from Public Water Fountains?”
Victoria Mundy, Wetumpka High, Medicine and Health Sciences, “Got Protein?”
Jonothon Segars, Wetumpka High, Engineering, Math and Computer Sciences, “Stress: An Illness.”
Anna Pearson, Stanhope Elmore, Medicine and Health Sciences, “Halogens: Healthy or Hazardous” – certificate of achievement and computer bag.
JUNIOR (Grades 6-8)
Atharv Argade, Millbrook Middle, Physics and Astronomy, “Does the Degrees of Loft on a Golf Club Affect How Far it Travels?”
Jeb Ballard and Michael Johnson, Eclectic Elementary, Earth, Environmental and Environmental Management, “An Appealing Use for Orange Peels.”
Lucas Lynn, Wetumpka Middle, Energy and Transportation, “Angle Management: Are Multi-Angled Solar Panels More Efficient?” Other awards: Broadcom Masters Award, Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, Navy Certificate of Achievement and medallion.
Noah Taylor, Redland Elementary, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “What Metal Conducts Heat Best?”
Madelyn Carswell, Redland Elementary, Behavioral and Social Sciences, “Effects of Color on Memory.”
Josh Hunt, Redland Elementary, Physics and Astronomy, “The Effect of Mass on an Arrow’s Penetration Ability.”
Students who placed will continue competition at the state level on April 4-6 at the University of Alabama Huntsville.