PUBLISHED: 1:58 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Students win at science fair
Winners of the 2006 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair were announced March 19. A team project, two individual projects, and an alternate team project will represent Southeast Alaska at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis in May.

The team of JDHS seniors Kevin Heffern and Brenna Hientz won with their project, "A Toxicity Assay to Understand the Effects of Global Warming."

Individual project winners were senior Devon Kibby for "Conditions Affecting the Surreptitious Readability of RFID-Enabled Passports," and freshman Cailey Neary for "How Presence and Length of Growing Time of Pearl Oyster Mushroom Culture in Heating Oil Contaminated Soil Affects Bean Plant Height and Mass."

Also traveling to Indianapolis as alternates will be the team of sophomores Sierra Gadaire and Hailey Summers for their project, "How Discrete Concentrations of Zinc Sulfate and Tributyl Tin in Salt Water Affect Percentage of Successful Offspring from Fucus."

Other students selected as finalists in the first round of judging were JDHS sophomores, Isabel Bush for "How Exposure to Sewage Affects Blue Mussel Fitness," Sara Bogert for "How Waste Rock Type Affects Metal Removal Efficiency of a Limestone Column," and Kristina Paulick for "The Effects of Cigarette Smoke on the Height of Tomato Plants."

A total of 88 local and special awards were presented to 56 different student competitors. A complete list of all the award winners is attached.

This year 145 students completed a total of 127 individual and team projects. They were assisted by more than 116 volunteer mentors from various local institutions and businesses. Projects were judged by 115 official fair judges and 30 special award judges who volunteered their time.

A 36-member volunteer organizing committee began planning for the fair last year led by co-directors Koren Bosworth and Dr. Lawrence Schaufler as well as JDHS science teacher Jonathan Smith. Nearly 100 additional individuals, parents, businesses and organizations volunteered their time and resources to make the fair a success.

The Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair began in 1993 thanks to a small group of community members interested in encouraging science among high school students. They organized the first Capital City High School Science Fair which was held in the Mendenhall Mall with 10 projects.