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Wyoming State Science Fair

1000 E University Ave

Dept 3992

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307.766.9863

Fax: 307.766.3792

Email: wyostatefair@gmail.com

Wyoming State Science Fair

 

2019 Wyoming State Science Fair Category Award Winners

Each winner of a category award receives a certificate of achievement, a ribbon, and a monetary award. 

The category of Animal and Plant Sciences

Junior Division 

3rd Place: Megan Sagner, Chugwater Junior High School, Striding Out

2nd Place: Brendolyn Wistisen, Excel Academy Private School, Eggscellent Production

1st Place: Brighton Gould, Classical Conversations Lander Campus, How Intelligent is Man’s Best Friend?

Senior Division

2nd Place: Taylur DiCamillo, Saint Mary's Catholic School, The Over Processed Truth

1st Place: Ashlyn Bailey, Cheyenne East High School, The Effects of Essential Oils as a Natural Pesticide on Drosphila Melanogaster

 

The category of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Chase Dorrity, Pinedale Middle School, The Effect of Impression

2nd Place: Rylee Davis & Savanna Metz, Wheatland Middle School, Isolation Nation

1st Place: Jacey McDaniel, Wheatland Middle School, Love Thy Stage...Love Thy Self???

Senior Division

       1st Place: Rebecca Henkle, Newcastle High School, Catching Some Zzzs

 

The category of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Junior Division

3rd Place: Anna Lehr, Pinedale Middle School, Eggcellent Nutrients

2nd Place: Madison Laird, Poder Academy Secondary School, Tooth Decay Not Today

1st Place: Johnpaul Anderson, Wheatland Middle School, To Chill or Not to Chill

Senior Division

3rd Place: Jacob Rhoades, Newcastle High School, Cellular Regeneration

2nd Place: Alhena Islam, Laramie High School, From Adenylate Cyclase to Guanylate Cyclase: Genetic Engineering Approach for Designing Near Infrared Window Light Activated Guanylate Cyclase

1st Place: Arundathi Nair, Laramie High School, EnLIGHTened Therapeutics: Engineering Light-Activated Proteins for Optogenetic Applications

 

The category of Chemistry/ Energy: Chemical

Junior Division

3rd Place: Mekenna Kovach, Kemmerer Jr/Sr High School, The Affect of Fabric Softener on the Flammability of Fabric

2nd Place: Raegan Ehde, Wheatland Middle School, Dissolving Glass

1st Place: Ally Moller, Pinedale Middle School, Sweltering with Suspicion

Senior Division

3rd Place: Autumn Mills, Newcastle High School, Illumination Education

2nd Place: Derrick Rasmussen, Newcastle High School, Thermite Aluminum Powder Efficiency

1st Place: Sadie Harper, Greybull High School, Investigating Lubricity Parameters Associated with Various Oil Grades

 

The category of Engineering & Materials Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Lance York, Southeast Junior High School, Rifle vs. Backstop Materials

2nd Place: Dubemchi Tetenta, Saint Mary's Catholic School, Which Propeller is Best at Harnessing the Wind?

1st Place: Jadea Graves, Wheatland Middle School, Moo Poo Project

Senior Division

3rd Place: Perry Martin Jr., Newcastle High School, Head in the Clouds

2nd Place: Chloe Smith, Newcastle High School, Safe Zone

1st Place: Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

 

The category of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Nalani Jordan, Greybull Middle School, Sewer Safe

2nd Place: Charity Schell, Greybull Middle School, A Breath of Fresh Air

1st Place: Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary School, My Sediments Exactly

Senior Division

3rd Place: Aryana Kohlbrand, Newcastle High School, UV index vs Temperature

2nd Place: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

1st Place: Shelby Davis, Newcastle High School, Carbon Sequestration in Concrete

 

The category of Mathematics

Junior Division

3rd Place: Cassidy Reimer, Powell Middle School, Match-A-Fractal

2nd Place: Brandon Jones, Big Piney Middle School, Magnetic Madness

1st Place: Ethan Cearlock, Rocky Mountain Middle School, What are the Odds?

 Division

1st Place: Mathew Drake, Newcastle High School, Hit or Miss

 

The category of Medical & Health Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Bo Mitchell & Grace Butler, Lander Middle School, Virtually Blind: The Traumatic Effects of Screens on Vision

2nd Place: Olivia Wells, Powell Middle School, Flippin’ Out

1st Place: Jayden McDaniel, Wheatland Middle School, Physiological Response in Everyday Acoustics

Senior Division

3rd Place: Jasmine Gianfransceso & Miranda Smith, Poder Academy Secondary School, Energy Mojo

2nd Place: Austyn Vaughn & Kaylee McClung, Newcastle High School, The Effect of Stomach Acid on an Esophagus

1st Place: Bailee Foster, Greybull High School, Investigating the Effects of Chaga Mushroom Extracts on the Development of a Specific Tumor Cell Line

 

The category of Microbiology

Junior Division

3rd Place: Keegan Huston, Snowy Range Academy, Cleaning Products vs Bacteria

2nd Place: Colten Halvorsen, Wheatland Middle School, This Cheese Be Smoking

1st Place: Juliann Healey, McCormick Junior High School, Digging Deep: How much do you know about your well water?

Senior Division

3rd Place: Jessie Kysar, Greybull High School, Endophytic Evergreen Root Fungi Extracts and Their Potential as Antimicrobial Compounds

2nd Place: Onika Mullinax & Fayth Burton, Poder Academy Secondary School, Eggsploring Bacteria

1st Place: Carly Keller & Danielle Keller, Southeast High School, What's in Your Air? Microbial DNA Analysis of a Filter System

 

The category of Physics and Astronomy

Junior Division

3rd Place: Jorge Fernandez, Wheatland Middle School, Force and Frequency

2nd Place: Padmalakshmi Ramesh, Laramie Middle School, Variation in Heat Absorption and Release by Different Earth Surfaces in Fall

1st Place: Shayla Babits, Lander Middle School, Stick or Slip

Senior Division

       1st Place: Gavin Day, Newcastle High School, Does pick material affect tone?

 

The category of Plant Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Asriyah Islam, Laramie Middle School, Isolate and Test of Cercospora Leaf Spot Pathogen of Sugar Beet for Its Survival Without Host

2nd Place: Eleanor Shuman, Snowy Range Academy, The Ups and Downs of a Green, Fuzzy Algae Ball

1st Place: Hadley Paisley, Wheatland Middle School, Do You Have a Healthy Pulse (Crop)?

Senior Division

        1st Place: Slade Roberson, Newcastle High School, Grass and Poop

 

The category of Robotics and Computer Sciences

Junior Division

3rd Place: Tayten Allred & Hunter Davis, Powell Middle School, The Science Behind Bomb Detection

2nd Place: Kalin Hicswa & Daniel Merritt, Powell Middle School, Robots vs. Humans

1st Place: Luke Louderback, Gilchrist Elementary School, Move Over EV3

Senior Division

1st Place: Joshua Arulsamy, Laramie High School, Click-and-Go: Object Detection through Alternate Color Spaces and Deep Neural Networks

2019 Wyoming State Science Fair Special Award Winners

The University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology offers two $50 awards to students whose projects address a topic of interest and relevance to one of the major anthropological research fields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, or biological anthropology.

Junior Division: Brooklynn Maxam, Pinedale Middle School, Food for Thought

Senior Division: Shelby Davis, Newcastle High School, Carbon Sequestration in Concrete

The University of Wyoming English Department gives a $100 award to recognize the project that most effectively uses communication techniques to tell the story of the science being done.

The recipient of the $100 award is: Chloe Smith, Newcastle High School, Safe Zone

They also recognize other outstanding projects with honorable mention certificates. The recipients are:

Carly Keller & Danielle Clapper, Southeast High School, What’s in Your Air?: Microbial DNA Analysis of a Filter System

Dubemchi Tetenta, Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Which Propeller is Best at Harnessing the Wind?

The University of Wyoming Department of Geology & Geophysics recognizes three projects in the geosciences with a certificate and a monetary prize.

1st place: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

2nd place: Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary School, My Sediments Exactly

3rd place: Shelby Davis, Newcastle High School, Carbon Sequestration in Concrete

University of Wyoming Geology Museum award goes to a student whose project enhances our knowledge and understanding of Wyoming’s geology and paleontology. The winner receives a 3D printed model of a fossil in the UW Geology Museum Collections. This year’s fossil is a 3D print of Merycodus furcatus, a ~15 million year old ancestor to the pronghorn antelope that lived in the Rocky Mountain West during the oligocene.

The winner is: Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary School, My Sediments Excactly

University of Wyoming Department of Mathematics & Statistics recognizes 1st through 3rd places in both Junior and Senior Divisions. First place will receive $50, second place $35, and $25 for third place. Junior division awards go to:

1st place: Jillian Warembourg & Erin Fogerty, Pinedale Middle School, Measuring Memory

2nd place: Brighton Gould, Classical Conversations Lander Campus, How Intelligent is Man’s Best Friend?

3rd place: Nolan Spears & Isabella Spears, Lingle-Fort Laramie Middle School, Never Tell Me the Odds

The senior division awards go to:

1st place: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

2nd place: Tanner Johnson, Newcastle High School, Git Lit

3rd place: Bailee Foster, Greybull High School, Investigating the Effects of Chaga Mushroom Extracts on the Development of a Specific Tumor Cell Line

Wyoming EPSCoR presents monetary awards to recognize outstanding 8th-12th grade students whose project relates to the microbial ecology NSF Track-1 grant.

This year’s senior division recipients are:

Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

Jessie Kysar, Greybull High School, Endophytic Evergreen Root Fungi Extracts and their Potential as Antimicrobial Compounds

This year’s junior division recipients are:

Asriyah Islam, Laramie Middle School, Isolate and Test of Cercospora Leaf Spot Pathogen of Sugar Beet for Its Survival without Host

Eleanor Shuman, Snowy Range Academy, The Ups and Downs of a Green Fuzzy Algae Ball

Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium presents special monetary awards to students conducting and presenting excellent research on a topic of interest to NASA and Space Grant.

The students receiving these awards are:
Luke Louderback, Gilchrist Elementary School, Move Over EV3

Dubemchi Tetenta, Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Which Propeller is Best at Harnessing the Wind?

Padmalakshmi Rameh, Laramie Middle School, Variation in Heat Absorption and Release by Different Earth Surfaces in Fall

Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

Cameron Bishop, Poder Academy Secondary School, Stressed Out

Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

The Wyoming Research Scholars Program (WRSP) is a research program that pairs UW undergraduate students with a faculty mentor to work in their laboratory, and provides funding for salary, lab supplies, and conference travel. The winner of this award receives automatic entry into the program upon beginning their college education at the University of Wyoming.

This year’s winner is: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Rocky Mountain Section is proud to be a supporter of the Wyoming State Science Fair. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Rocky Mountain Section is comprised of over 1300 members in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. AIAA is a group of engineers, scientists, other professionals, educators, and students who share a passion for the aerospace engineering field. AIAA is dedicated to igniting and celebrating aerospace ingenuity and collaboration. Their work fuels the collective human drive to explore, create, and be part of something bigger than ourselves. Award winners will receive a certificate, an Arduino Kit and a 1-year student membership to the AIAA.

1st Place Senior Division - Joshua Arulsamy, Laramie High School, Click and Go: Object Detection Through Alternate Color Spaces and Deep Neural Networks

2nd Place Senior Division - Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

1st Place Junior Division – Luke Louderback, Gilchrist Elementary, Move Over EV3

2nd Place – Blade Hibbert, Big Piney Middle School, Engineering a Solar Collector to Thaw Frozen Stock Tanks in Extreme Temperatures -30C to -10C

Air & Waste Management Association, Rocky Mountain Section is here to promote responsible application of the environmental sciences. Award recipients each receive $100.

Junior Division: Nalani Jordan, Greybull Middle School, Sewer Safe

Senior Division:
Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage
Shelby Davis, Newcastle High School, Carbon Sequestration in Concrete

The Anne Wolff Science Special Award is presented in memory of Anne Wolff, LCCC faculty, former director of the Southeast Regional Science Fair, and life-long supporter of science fairs. The award recognizes a junior or senior division project that demonstrates originality, creative thinking, resourcefulness, and commendable scientific achievement. The winner receives a certificate and $150.

The Anne Wolff Science Special Award goes to: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognizes the best projects in electronics, power, communications, microcomputer applications, robotics, sensors or bioengineering. The winners each receive a $100 gift card.


The IEEE Outstanding Junior Division Project: Luke Louderback, Gilchrist Elementary School,
Move Over EV3


The IEEE Outstanding Senior Division Project: Joshua Arulsamy, Laramie High School,
Click-and-Go: Object Detection through Alternate Color Spaces and Deep Neural Networks

The Laramie Rivers Conservation District recognizes exemplary projects that address natural resource conservation issues. Each winner receives a certificate and $100.

The recipients of the Laramie Rivers Conservation District awards are:
Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary, My Sediments Exactly

Asriyah Islam, Laramie Middle School, Isolate and Test of Cercospora Leaf Spot Pathogen of Sugar Beet for its Survival without Host

Ashlyn Bailey, Cheyenne East High School, The Effects of Essential Oils as a Natural Pesticide on Drosphila Melanogaster

Annika Wilmot, Lander Middle School, Surfing the Green Wave

National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Computational and Informational Systems Laboratory Special Awards (NCAR) are presented to projects displaying excellence in the Computer Science or Mathematics, and Geoscience categories in both junior and senior divisions. Each winner receives a certificate of achievement, medal and a cash prize of $50 for junior division and $100 for senior division.

The winner of the Computer Science/Mathematics awards is:
1st Place Junior Division - Luke Louderback, Gilchrist Elementary School, Move Over EV3

1st Place Senior Division - Joshua Arulsamy, Laramie High School, Click and Go: Object Detection Through Alternate Color Spaces and Deep Neural Networks

The winners of the Geoscience awards are:
1st Place Junior Division - Padmalakshmi Ramesh, Laramie Middle School, Variation in Heat Absorption and Release by Different Earth Surfaces in Fall

1st Place Senior Division -- Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

In an ongoing effort to promote the importance of studies of Wyoming ecosystems and studies of the ecological impacts of development, the Powder River Basin Resource Council presents awards. Each recipient has earned a free membership to the Powder River Basin Resource Council.
The Bill Barlow Memorial Youth in Conservation Awards at the Wyoming State Science Fair are presented in the memory of a great rancher and conservationist who was also a founding member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council -- Bill Barlow. These awards honor students whose science fair projects study Wyoming ecosystems, consider impacts of development on the natural environment or our agricultural heritage, or explore innovative energy alternatives.

These $375 awards go to:
Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary, My Sediments Exactly

Rocky Mountain Water Environmental Association presents first and second place in the junior division to water-related projects. First Place winners receive a certificate and $400 cash award. Second Place projects receive a certificate and a $200 award. A certificate is awarded to winning projects this morning and checks will be mailed to the winners by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association.

Junior Division - 1st place: Sheby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary School, My Sediments Exactly

Junior Division - 2nd place: Juliann Healey, McCormick Junior High School, Digging Deep: How Much Do You Know About Your Well Water?

In an ongoing effort to promote wise use of mined minerals and responsible reclamation among Wyoming Students, the Wyoming Mining Association awards one $500 educational scholarship to a student whose science fair research is mining related. The Wyoming Mining Association Russ Beamer Scholarship may be used at a university of the student’s choice.

This year’s scholarship goes to: Shelby Davis, Newcastle High School, Carbon Sequestration in Concrete

The American Meteorological Society is the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization promoting and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. AMS recognizes four senior high school students for their creative scientific endeavors in the areas of atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Awardees receive a certificate, and their names may be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The awardee is: Aryana Kohlbrand, Newcastle High School, UV Index vs Temperature

The American Psychological Association Education Directorate is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. They recognize a student who has conducted outstanding research in psychological science.

The awardee is: Jacey McDaniel, Wheatland Middle School, Love Thy Stage, Love Thy Self

The Association for Women Geoscientists is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. The Association of Women Geoscientists awards certificates to a female student whose project exemplifies high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences.

The winner is: Shelby Hoobler, Meadowlark Elementary School, My Sediments Exactly

Two projects from this fair have been nominated to compete in the GENIUS Olympiad competition at SUNY Oswego. GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition focusing on environmental issues.

Nominees:
Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

Bailee Foster, Greybull High School, Investigating the Effects of Chaga Mushroom Extracts on the Development of a Specific Tumor Cell Line

Intel Corporation recognizes the importance of encouraging increased participation in computer science, one of today’s fastest growing fields and an important source of innovation for the 21st century. The Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award goes to the best computer science project at the fair.

This $200 award and certificate goes to: Joshua Arulsamy, Laramie High School, Click and Go: Object Detection Through Alternate Color Spaces and Deep Neural Networks

Mu Alpha Theta awards a certificate of achievement to an individual or group high school project demonstrating the most challenging, thorough and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics.

This certificate goes to: Mathew Drake, Newcastle High School, Hit or Miss

NASA recognizes one project that best demonstrates insight into Earth’s interconnected systems (atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere). The winner of the NASA Earth System Science Award receives a certificate.

The recipient of the NASA Earth System Science Award is: Kaci Schmick, Southeast High School, Radiation Soil Seepage

Ricoh Sustainable Development Certificate goes to a project that has principles and technical innovations that offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly

The awardee is: Jadea Graves, Wheatland Middle School, Moo Poo Project

The Society for In Vitro Biology presents a certificate to the most outstanding 11th grade student whose research is in plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.

This year’s recipient is: Jacob Rhoades, Newcastle Middle School, Cellular Regeneration

The United States Air Force presents four awards to projects that offer Air Force applicability. Each winner receives an over-the-shoulder sling pack, power bank charger, dog tag USB flash memory drive, and a dual USB car charger.

he award winners are:
Dubemchi Tetenta, Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Which Propeller is Best at Harnessing the Wind

Collin Jones, Wheatland Middle School, Killer Tech

Ashlyn Ewen, Greybull High School, Utilization of 3D Printed Honeycomb Variations as Potential Housing Structures for Future Planetary Colonization

Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

The U.S. Metric Association recognizes one student whose project involved a significant amount of quantitative measurement and which best used the SI metric system for those measurements.

The recipient of this award is: Ashlyn Ewen, Greybull High School; Utilization of 3D Printed Honeycomb Variations as Potential Housing Structures for Future Planetary Colonization

The United States Naval Science Awards Program- Office of Naval Research recognizes top students in the Junior and Senior divisions. Junior Division award winners receive a letter of congratulations, a certificate and a medallion.

The junior division winners are:

Shayla Babits, Lander Middle School, Stick or Slip

Torrey Sanford, Greybull Middle School, Swimming in Acid

David Kempf, Lander Middle School, Flying Saucer A.K.A. Hovercraft

Brandon Jones, Big Piney Middle School, Magnetic Madness

Senior division award winners receive a letter of congratulations, a certificate, a medallion, and an award verification form which is redeemable for a $75 gift card.

The senior division winners are:
Chloe Smith, Newcastle High School, Safe Zone

Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

The Yale Science and Engineering Association, Inc. presents one award to the most outstanding 11th grade entry in computer science, engineering, physics or chemistry. A preliminary certificate is presented this morning. A formal award certificate and medallion will be mailed later.

The recipient of this award is: Markie Whitney, Newcastle High School, Solar Panels: Too Cool!

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Wyoming State Science Fair

1000 E University Ave

Dept 3992

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307.766.9863

Fax: 307.766.3792

Email: wyostatefair@gmail.com

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