On Friday, March 10, 26 Biology students from Orofino Junior Senior High School traveled to the Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (NISEF) at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. These students had already competed in the local school science fair and were recommended to advance to the regional competition. The NISEF fair encompassed northern Idaho schools representing more than 50 student projects.
Our students worked several months on their projects and were guided by Mrs. Louise Allen (Biology), Mrs. Clarissa Beauregard (English), and Mrs. Robbin Armstrong (Math). Hard work does pay dividends as shown by the 16 awards these students brought home.
Daizy Nelson received the following awards for her project “How Sensitive are Planarians to Different Types of Pollution?” - Gold Medal in the category Earth, Environmental, and Plants; The Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award; The Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award of Excellence for a Water-Related Science Research Project; Best in Category Award.
Matt McGrath received the following awards for his project “How does the color of roofing affect the rate of absorption of heat?” - Northern Idaho Stem and Engineering Fair Runner-up Award; Gold Medal in the category Physical Science; The Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Outstanding Research Project Award; Best in Category Award.
Demetrius Frye received the following awards for his project “Which fish in the family Cyprinidae learns new behaviors fastest?” - Silver Medal in the category Animal, Biomedical and Microbiology; Regeneron Biomedical and Science Award accompanied with $375.00.
Elesia Harris, Gage Trieschmann, and Allie Upton-Montambo received the following awards for their project “Do essential oils inhibit bacterial growth?” - The Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity in In Vitro Biology Award; Silver Medal in the category Animal, Biomedical and Microbiology.
Jonas Hartrick and Aiden Olive received the following award for their project “How does type of feed affect the growth in goldfish?” - Silver Medal in the category Animal, Biomedical and Microbiology.
Ethan Potratz received the following award for his project “What impact do clothes have on a stranger’s perception of someone?” - Silver Medal in the category Behavior and Social Sciences.
Ashley Ott, Ryleigh Norman and Taya Spencer received the following award for their project “Does a musical mnemonic device increase learning outcomes in young adults and teens?” - Silver Medal in the category Behavior and Social Sciences.
Martha Miller and Clementine Sampson received the following award for their project “What are people’s psychological and physiological reactions to color?” - Silver Medal in the category Behavior and Social Sciences.
Maddox Lichti, “What type of fertilizer promotes the best growth in plants?”
Taylor Burrowes, Jairo Guitron and Landon Burnette, “Which antibacterial soap works the best?” Greta Ardizio and Uxue Ibarrondo, “Which fruit or vegetable is the most efficient to light a LED light bulb?”
Jocelyn Josephson and Garrett Sanders, “How does working out affect stress levels?” Camden Waggener, “How do positive and negative affirmations affect plant growth?” Amity Endsley, “How do different soda types affect tooth decay?”
Daniel Stieger, “Do immediate rewards increase student productivity?” Wyatt Tomlinson, “Which self-engineered rocket will fly the highest?
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