Science Fair Winners

  Caroline Snowden of Ponte Vedra High School won top honors in the Senior Division of the 2011 River Region East Science Fair held last week at First Coast Technical College. Her project was entitled “Developing a Cipher Based on Conversions of Non-base 10 Number Systems.”
William Paul of Landrum Middle School won best overall in the Junior Division. William’s project was entitled, “Proteomic Comparison of Cyanbacteria Species Suited for Life in a Low Pressure Carbon Dioxide Environment: Terraforming Mars Part III.” William also tied for best overall project in the Junior Division at last year’s Science Fair.
Approximately 132 science projects representing 142 participants were involved in the annual science fair.  The overall winners will be recognized at the March 8 School Board meeting.
Participating middle schools included Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), Landrum Middle School (LMS), Liberty Pines Academy (LPA), Murray Middle School (MMS), Pacetti Bay Middle School (PBMS), Gamble Rogers Middle School (GRMS), Sebastian Middle School (SMS) and Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS). Also participating were Palmer Catholic Academy (PCA) and Cathedral Parish School (CPS).
Participating high schools were Bartram Trail High School (BTHS), Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS), Nease High School (NHS), Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) and St. Augustine High School (SAHS).
The category winners are listed below.
SENIOR DIVISION
Behavioral Sciences 1st Place – Marissa Rice and Jenna Copenhaver, PVHS 2nd Place – Annika Goldman, PVHS 3rd Place  – Grace O’Hara, PVHS Honorable Mention – Madison French, BTHS
Engineering Sciences 1st Place – Caroline Snowden, PVHS 2nd Place – Phoebe Fleming, SAHS 3rd Place – Leila Sabet, PVHS Honorable Mention – Sierra Moody, SAHS
Environmental Science 1st Place – Maya Goldman, PVHS 2nd Place – Monica Connelly, PVHS 3rd Place – Isabel Nunez, SAHS Honorable Mention – Robert Aspinwall, PVHS
Medicine and Health Sciences 1st Place – Andrew Yurko, NHS 2nd Place – William Meadow, PVHS 3rd Place  – Lagan Mullin, PVHS Honorable Mention – Luke Smith, NHS
Physics and Chemistry 1st Place – Matthew Carter and Kiel Parker, PMHS 2nd Place – Justin Hartley, NHS 3rd Place  – Julianna Pettinger, BTHS Honorable Mention – Teddi Koppelberger and Alex Macy, PMHS

JUNIOR DIVISION
Behavioral Sciences 1st Place – Wilson Erickson and Sam Still, LMS 2nd Place – Charis Wang, FCMS 3rd Place – Mark Davey and Davis Massey, LMS Honorable Mention – Michael Peil, Jr., GRMS
Chemistry 1st Place – Sanjana Bhargava, MMS 2nd Place – Mughil Sriram, LMS 3rd Place – Suzanne Scheuble, PCA Honorable Mention – Robert Schrader, FCMS
Earth/Space 1st Place – William Paul, LMS 2nd Place – James Carpenter, FCMS 3rd Place – Kylie Napier, MMS Honorable Mention – Brittany Brown, FCMS
Engineering Sciences 1st Place – Alexa Burch, LMS 2nd Place – Zach Anastasiadis, LMS 3rd Place – Adam Snowden, LMS Honorable Mention – Reece Dantin, PCA
Medicine and Microbiology 1st Place – Audrey and Ava DuBose, FCMS 2nd Place- Lauren Wisniewski, FCMS 3rd Place – Alexandra Bechtle, LMS Honorable Mention – Abigail Miller, LMS Physics 1st Place – Delany Bolton, CPS 2nd Place – James Hoelle, LPA 3rd Place – Lindsay Freeman, PCA Honorable Mention – Reemsha Basrai, SPMS
Zoology and Botany 1st Place – August Williams, SMS 2nd Place- Rachel Winer, LMS 3rd Place – Hannah Shaffer, LPA Honorable Mention – Hannah Dubose, SMS
Twenty-four students representing nineteen projects were selected to go on to compete at the State Science Fair scheduled March 23-25 in Orlando. Science Fair Program Specialist Mark Lewis will be coordinating the trip.
The participants are listed below: Cathedral Parish School – Delany Bolton
Fruit Cove Middle School – James Carpenter, Audrey DuBose and Ava DuBose
Landrum Middle School – Alexandra Bechtle, Alexa Burch, Wilson Erickson, William Paul, Sam Still and Rachel Winer
Liberty Pines Academy – Hannah Shaffer
Pedro Menendez High School – Matthew Carter and Kiel Parker
Murray Middle School – Sanjana Bhargava
Nease High School – Justin Hartley and Andrew Yurko
Ponte Vedra High School – Jenna Copenhaver, Maya Goldman, William Meadow, Lagan Mullin, Marissa Rice and Caroline Snowden
St. Augustine High School – Phoebe Fleming
Sebastian Middle School – August Williams
Caroline Snowden was also selected to represent St. Johns County at the International Science and Engineering Fair scheduled May 8-13 in Los Angeles, California. Florida Power and Light is donating $400 to defray the cost of travel for the winner and chaperone to attend this event.
The Science Fair is an academic competition designed to challenge students to rigorously apply science process skills and content knowledge in order to investigate scientific questions of their own choosing. Participants also experience the importance of practicing science ethics and responsibility on a personal level.