Aspiring scientists headed to state Sciene Fair

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Six Johnston High School science honor students are headed for the Community College of Rhode Island.

Proud Panthers Dylan Lavoie, Ryan DeCesare, Laura Wilson, Emily Watson, Benjamin Budway and Lauren Civetti won’t actually enroll at the two-year state school, but on March 18 and 19 the “Super Six” will compete for top honors in the Rhode Island Schools State Science Fair at CCRI’s Knight Campus in Warwick.

Greg Russo, who teaches science at JHS and serves a faculty advisor for the Student Council and SADD (Students Against Dangerous Decisions) announced Tuesday that those six students were awarded first place ribbons at the school’s annual science fair.

The science fair took a different route than previous years, as last Thursday’s snowstorm forced postponement of the event, which had to be moved to Monday because school was cancelled last Thursday and Friday. But the six students who emerged as winners in the 2017 JHS Science Fair didn’t mind waiting a few days to receive the blue first place ribbons that judges attached to their respective projects.

Russo explained that all JHS students in an honors science course or Advanced Placement science course are required to complete a science fair project. The project program was optional for other science students.

“We had over 90 entries this year,” Russo said. “What happens is that students must present their projects to their science classes in the weeks prior to the science fair, and those deemed the best are then judged at our fair.”

According to Russo, all projects are entered in categories such as biology, physics, biochemistry, environmental science and engineering. In addition to the six first place projects, science fair judges selected four second and third place winners and awarded honorable mention to four additional students. Awards were also given for the best background, best data collection and most creative idea.

The top six JHS winners and titles of their respective projects are: Emily Watson, Grade 11: Alcoholic Liver Function; Lauren Civetti, Grade 11: “Reconstructing the Mind”; Ryan DeCesare, Grade 10: “Chemical vs. Natural preservatives on color stability and food safety in salmon.”

Also, Laura Wilson, Grade 12: “A (Radar) Invisibility Cloak”; Benjamin Budway, Grade 11: “Wings that Soar”; and Dylan Lavoie, Graded 11: “Dangers of Lead.” 

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