Nineteen Fauquier high school students earned awards in the sixth annual Fauquier Regional Science and Engineering Fair, senior division on Saturday, March 2, at Fauquier High School. The fair was coordinated by Regional Fair Director Erica Deane from Highland School, and District Fair Director Kara Reffitt from Kettle Run.

Winners who placed were:

  • 1st Place: Laura Thompson, Mountain Vista Governor’s School 11th-grader; $500 prize, for “The Effect of a Genetic Algorithm on Traffic Efficiency.” Thompson will receive a fully paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 12-17.
  • 2nd Place: Lauren Petty, MVGS 11th-grader; $350 prize for “An Epidemiological Approach to Studying the Flu.”
  • 3rd Place: Helen Lohr, MVGS 11th-grader; $200 prize for “Strength of #2 HB Woodcase Style Pencils’ Graphite.”
  • Honorable Mention: Nathaniel Ribeiro, Fauquier High School ninth-grader, $150 prize for “The Iron Chef System: Making Your Kitchen Safer One Byte at a Time.”

Also invited to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair competition in Roanoke, April 6:

  • Nick Goudeau, MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effect of Companion Plant Species on the Mass of Fruit Produced by Solanum Lycopersicum var. Cerasiforme”
  • John Tocheny, LHS 11th-grader for “Winning the World Series: A Numbers Game” 

More awards that were distributed:

  • ASM Materials Education Foundation Award – Daniel Otten, KRHS/MVGS 11th-grader for “Saving Space and Resources by Engineering Foldable Origami Structures”
  • Association for Women Geoscientists Award – Gwendolyn Verity, MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effects of Cohesive and Flow Properties of Soils on Natural Disasters”
  • Intel Excellence Computer Science Award – Laura Thompson
  • Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society Award – Brigham Stacey, KRHS/MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effect of Violin Bow Material on the Harmonics Produced”
  • NASA Earth System Science Award – Claire Duckworth, MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effect of Seagrasses on Ocean Acidification”
  • NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award – Claire Duckworth
  • U.S. Air Force Award – Daniel Otten
  • U.S. Air Force Award – Laura Thompson
  • U.S. Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award – Sophia Hernandez, MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effect of Red Bull Consumption on the Lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster”
  • U.S. Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award – Seth Patterson, MVGS 11th-grader for “The Effect of Instruction Set on Code Size, Instruction Count, and Average Deleted Symbols and its Relation to Direct-Mapped Caching”
  • Virginia Dental Association Certificate of Merit – Lauren Petty
  • Virginia Dental Association Grand Prize Award – Savannah Snider, FHS 11th-grader for “An Onion a Day”
  • Yale Science and Engineering Association, Inc. Award – Laura Thompson

 Made possible by local businesses

Local businesses and patrons provided registration costs, travel, lodging and meals for students to attend the event. Cash prizes were donated by Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation, Linda and John Suter, the Patricia and David Vos Foundation and Fauquier County Public Schools.

Junior division fair is March 16

The Junior Division Regional Science Fair for students in grades six to eight is scheduled for March 16, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fauquier High School. The public is invited to view projects from 1 to 2 p.m. Award presentations will follow. The top 10 winners may advance to the Broadcom Masters competition.

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It is really impressive that intelligent students got science and engineering awards. This news can be add in the education articles proudly. Becuase, it is a great achievement of the students which will inspire the many other students.

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