On Thursday night, some of Southwest Florida’s brightest middle and high school students scored a little cash to make a dent in their future college costs.The Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair announced 30 students who will compete at the State Science Fair, and along with advancing to the next stage comes an academic scholarship — $2,500 to spend at Florida Gulf Coast University. The top four senior division projects advance to the International Science Fair.
The 2016 Grand Award winners are:
- Morgan Barkhurst, North Fort Myers Academy, Grade 7: BPA Free? Lets See!
- Maya Chandar, Canterbury School, Grade 6: The Effect of Ultrasound Waves Vs Laser Beams on the Regrowth of Lumbriculus variegatus (A Novel Study)
- Jay Chandar, Canterbury School, Grade 11: Moving Towards the Cure: The Effects of Neuroinflammation and Microglial Activity on Alzheimer’s Pathology and the Development of Therapeutics for Their Mitigation in the TG4510 Mouse Model (A Third Year Study)
- Conor Dougherty, Cape Coral High, Grade 9: The Effect of Increased Ocean Acidification on the Dissolution of Coral and Oyster Shells
- Iris Frost, Six Mile Charter, Grade 7: Cats Counting Calories
- Kelsey Hansen, Lemon Bay High, Grade 11: DE Bujin’s Theorem
- James Humpel, Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic, Grade 7: The WRIGHT Stuff: How does the change in shape of an airfoil through the use of flaps affect lift and drag?
- Lorrie Konopasek, Lemon Bay High, Grade 9: The Effects of Water Components on Duckweed Growth
- Anna Kucera, Canterbury School, Grade 10: Investigation of Bisphenol-A Concentration Levels in Cans and Plastic Bottles Using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
- Brooke Kvaternick, Lemon Bay High, Grade 11: DE Bujin’s Theorem
- Melissa Marchese, Canterbury School, Grade 11: The Effects of Coal Burning Power Plants on Residential Areas Including Environmental Pollutants and Respiratory Health
- Carson Maschmeier, Saint Michael Lutheran, Grade 7: Right or Left? Finding the correlation between handedness and ocular dominance and its genetic inheritance in multiple generations
- Skylar McIlvanie, Lemon Bay High, Grade 12: Using lipid & water soluble Vitamins to Reduce Amount of Benzophyruine in Urine
- Nate Mertz, Saint Andrew Catholic, Grade 7: Building safer houses for Tsunami and Storm surge conditions
- Colton Novella, Crestwell School, Grade 8: The Electro Magnetic Fields and the chromosomal mutations and deformations on Drosophila Melanogaster
- Sean O’Connor, Canterbury School, Grade 10: A Comparative Analysis of Tissue-Specific Silver Hyper-Accumulation in Myriophyllum aquaticum
- Elisabet Ortiz, Oasis Middle, Grade 8: An Investigation of the “leaf spot disease” in the Ligustrum japonicum
- Noah Reid, Port Charlotte High, Grade 9: Continued Research of a Solar Power Generator
- Harley Rusher, L. A. Ainger Middle, Grade 8: Does Duckweed Differ?
- Ryan Scharlau, Saint Michael Lutheran, Grade 7: Is Solar Power or Wind Power More Effective in Southwest Florida?
- Joshua Schuler, Charlotte High, Grade 9: Seaplant Fuel Efficiency
- Emily Schwartz, Canterbury School, Grade 11: The Effects of Human Attractant Pheromones on an Observer’s Perception of Beauty and Success
- Connor Shovlin, Canterbury School, Grade 8: The Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Algae
- Arjun Dave Singh, Canterbury School, Grade 9: The Viability of Using Waste Fry Oil as a Source of Carbon for the Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from Cupriavidus Necator H16
- Charlie Suroski, Saint Michael Lutheran, Grade 7: Torpedo Grass Control
- Lizzie Swiersz, Southwest Florida Christian Academy, Grade 9: Arthropod Diversity in Gulf Courses
- David Tashchyan, Dunbar High, Grade 11: Magnetic Vortex
- Annalisse VanZanten, Fort Myers Christian, Grade 8: What Factors Affect Pinewood Derby Car Speeds?
- Simrun Varshney, Canterbury School, Grade 9: The Viability of Using Waste Fry Oil as a Source of Carbon for the Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from Cupriavidus Necator H16
- Joshua Zingel, Evangelical Christian, Grade 8: Effects of Various Water Sources on Plant Growth
Another scholarship was awarded Thursday by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. That award, $1,000 per year for up to four years, was given to:
- Leah Rison, Trafalgar Middle, Grade 7: Cool Cop?
About 20,000 Southwest Florida students competed at their local school science fairs, with winners advancing to the annual Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair. That showcase was held Jan. 23 at Alico Arena on FGCU’s campus, drawing hundreds of public, private and home-schooled students from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.
To see a complete listing of science fair honors, please see the List of Science Fair Winners.