2018 Central Regional and District Science Fair

The Natrona County School District & Junior Regional Science Fair was held on the weekend of February 3 at Saint Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School.

A total of 63 students met in Casper for the Science Fair. Twenty-nine students in the fourth and fifth grades entered projects in the District Elementary Science Fair, thirty-two students in the sixth through eighth grades entered projects in the Junior Regional Science Fair and two students in ninth through twelfth grades entered projects in the Senior Regional Science Fair.

Regional participation was in Animal & Plant Science; Behavioral & Social Science; Biochemistry/Cellular & Molecular Biology/Computational Biology & Bioinformatics; Chemistry/Energy: Chemical; Earth & Environmental Sciences/Environmental Engineering; Microbiology; Physics & Astronomy; and Robotics & Intelligent Machines/Embedded Systems/Systems Software.

The top three Regional Science Fair projects in each category advance to the Wyoming State Science Fair.

ANIMAL & PLANT SCIENCE

1st place – Megan Sagner, “The Memory Spectrum,” Chugwater 2nd place – Roberta Cordingly, “Hooves of Equine,” Wheatland 3rd place – Robert Hendon, “Plants vs Porosity,” Wheatland

 

BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES

1st place – Riley Lebsack, “Psychology of the Stars,” Wheatland 2nd place – Kayla Beaman, “Geometric Proportions,” Wheatland 3rd place – Americus Killion, “The Endowment Effect,” Wheatland

 

BIOCHEMISTRY/CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY/COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY & BIOINFORMATICS

1st place – McKenzie Ferguson, “The Brown Apple Project,” Wheatland 2nd place – Tess Palen, “Just the Fats Ma’am,” Glendo 3rd place – Dana Gibson, “Temperature Effect on Catalase Enzyme,” Wheatland

 

BIOMEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES/BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING/TRANSLATIONAL MEDICAL SCIENCES

1st place – Lupita Perez, “Sleep Patterns Associated with Alzheimer’s Diagnosis,” Wheatland
2nd place – Autumn Boyd, “Effectiveness of Heartburn Treatment,” Wheatland
3rd place – Ashlynn Huffer, “Better Balance,” Wheatland

 

CHEMISTRY/ENERGY: CHEMICAL

1st place – Neveah Kuebel, “Compression Effects on Dissolution Rate,” Wheatland
2nd place – Meile Chebotarev, “It’s a Sticky Situation,” Wheatland 3rd place – Grace Plante, “Clean Hard Cash,” Glendo

 

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES/ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

1st place – Allie Van Why, “Soil: The Triple Scoop,” Chugwater
2nd place – Daniel Collins, “Feeling the Vibe,” Wheatland
3rd place – Bradley Rittel, “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On,” Chugwater

 

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES/ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING – SENIOR DIVISION

1st place – Sage Wright, “Do Oil Refineries Affect the Surrounding Environment?” Natrona County High School, Casper

 

ENGINEERING MECHANICS/MATERIALS SCIENCE/ENERGY: PHYSICAL

1st place – Curtis Nickle, Kade Preuit, Hyanne Fausto, “Thermal
Energy Solutions,” Wheatland
2nd place – Austin Akers, Aiden Roth, “What Goes Up Must Come Down,” Holy Name Catholic School
3rd place – McCrea Call, “What Lights You Up?” Wheatland

 

MICROBIOLOGY

1st place – Jake Hicks, “Where’s the Bacteria?” Wheatland

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

1st place – Kaycee Hockley, “Arduino Refractometer,” Wheatland 2nd place – Emili Anderson, “Bouncing on the Green,” Wheatland 3rd place – Patricio Pena, “Shocking Science,” Wheatland

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY – SENIOR DIVISION

1st place – Taylor Choal, “Dimples??” Natrona County High School, Casper

 

ROBOTICS & INTELLIGENT MACHINES/EMBEDDED SYSTEMS/SYSTEMS SOFTWARE

1st place – Serenity Jones, “Lasers Never Lie,” Wheatland 2nd place – Cade Connell, “Find My Arrow,” Wheatland 3rd place – Deacan Heinz, “Decibel Detector,” Wheatland

 

NATRONA COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Lupita Perez

NCEA donated a monetary donation to be presented to the top science student from a public school. Lupita Perez, Wheatland, won in the category of Biomedical & Health Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/Translational Medical Sciences. Her title was “Sleep Patterns Associated with Alzheimer’s Diagnosis.”

DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR

The District Science Fair is judged on progressing, proficient and advanced proficient.
District elementary participants each received an award for “progressing,” “proficient,” or “advanced proficient” along with the judges’ critiques.

DISTRICT BEST OF SHOW:

Josh Schrader, Fort Caspar Academy
Julia Veauthier, St. Anthony Tri-Parish
Madison Dickinson, Natrona Virtual School
Kayla Clair, St. Anthony Tri-Parish
Kendall Cahoon, Fort Caspar Academy

CHARLES E. WOLFF AWARD

Kayla Clair, “Thriving and Surviving,” St. Anthony Tri-Parish

The Charles E. Wolff Award is chosen from the District Best of Show beneficiaries. Charles E. Wolff was a former Science Fair judge and uranium executive. A traveling plaque hangs in the school in which the student is attending. The 2018 Charles E. Wolff recipient is Kayla Clair, Thriving and Surviving,” St. Anthony Tri-Parish.

The Science Fair was supported by donations from Dura-Line, Harnish Veterinary Clinic and other businesses from Wheatland, Hickory Farms, Natrona County Education Association (NCEA), Natrona County School District, Greiner Ford by Lithia, and the Wyoming Space Grant.

 
 

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