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Media Releases: April 25, 2003

Three St. Johns County students placed among the top three in their categories in the 48th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida held April 9-11 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville.

Nathan Georgette of Landrum Middle School (LMS) won first place in the Junior Mathematics category for his project entitled “Oscillation Calculation: Mathematically Modeling Vertical Spring Oscillations.” In addition, he received a $200 cash award, a certificate, a lapel pin and the opportunity to submit research in the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge competition. Jordan Barbour, also of LMS, placed third in the Junior Medicine and Health category for his project entitled “Phantom Sensations.”

Kristin Alligood of Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS) placed third in the Senior Zoology category for her project entitled “Effects of cAMP and Light on the Biochemical Anatomy of Photoreceptors.” She will represent St. Johns County at the International Science Fair in Cleveland, Ohio the week of May 11-17.

Three other seniors received recognition at the state fair. Lisa Matragrano of Nease High School (NHS) received an Honorable Mention in the Zoology category and also a $1,000 scholarship from the Link Foundation. Zackary Miller of PMHS received a $50 cash award and a signed Science Fair Guidebook for his Physics project. Luke Georgette of NHS received an Honorable Mention in the Environmental Sciences category.

Seven other juniors were also honored at the awards ceremony. Two received Honorable Mention, Shan Wang of LMS in the Junior Chemistry category and Mike Pyle of Sebastian Middle School in the Engineering category. Twenty-five dollar cash awards were given to the Gamble Rogers Middle School team of Brittany DePriest and Whitney Kersey. Constance Ables of LMS received a certificate from the American Meteorological Society for her Earth and Space Sciences project. Recognition was also given to Danielle Dobles of Cathedral Parish School in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category and Josh Kessler of LMS in the Physics category.

A total of 25 St. Johns County students participated in the State Science and Engineering Fair. Tom Alexander, Curriculum Coordinator, serves as the county’s science fair coordinator.



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