Future scientists win recognition

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Sarah Scheivert, an 8th-grader at Charles F. Patton Middle School, won a third-place award for her work entitled "The effects of Hand Sanitizer and Soap on Bacteria."

Nearly 600 future scientists in grades 4 through 12  participated in the 2012 Chester County Science Research Competition, and 90 students in grades 6 through 12 qualified last week to advance to the Delaware Valley Science Fair, which will present over $1 million in college scholarships.

The competition, which is sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, was held  at the Center for Arts & Technology (CAT) Pickering Campus in Phoenixville. Students in grades 6 through 12 competed  on March 8, and students in grades 4 and 5 competed the following day in 15 categories, ranging from behavioral and social science to zoology. Students were judged at the following levels: 4th and 5th grade students participated at "Level F;" 6th through 8th grade, "Level E;" 9th-grade students, "Level D;" 10th grade, "Level C;" 11th grade, "Level B;" and 12th-grade, "Level A."

At an awards ceremony at Downingtown West High School  last week, the following students received “best of show” honors: Matthew Siracusa, Devon Preparatory School - Level E, first place; Brandon Barker, Saint Joseph School - Level E, second place; Amber Kearns, Chester County Home School - Level E, third place; Julia Kearns, Chester County Home School - Level D, first place; Russell Emery, Devon Preparatory School - Level D, second place; Sam Miller, Unionville High School - Level D, third place; Narahari Bharadwaj, Conestoga High School - Level D, third place; Sreejata Munsi, Conestoga High School - Level C, first place; Joseph Borraccini, Bishop Shanahan High School - Level C, second place; Michael Gu, West Chester Henderson High School - Level B, first place; Meghan Shea, Unionville High School - Level B, second place; Colin Johnson, Bishop Shanahan High School - Level B, third place; Andrew Romine, Unionville High School - Level A, first place; Saher-Zahra Khan, Conestoga High School - Level A, second place; Vadim Tanygin, Great Valley High School - Level A, third place; and, Andrew Friedman and Radhika Chunduru, West Chester Henderson High School - Team Project.

Awards were presented for Level F winners on the day of the fair and included the following best-of-show designations: Hannah Newman, Chester County Home School - first place; Samir Tandon, Charlestown Elementary School - second place; Grant Burgess, St. Basil the Great School - third place; and, Jonathan Huang and Oscar Southwell, Sugartown Elementary School - Team Project. For a complete list of 2012 award-winners, please visit http://www.cciu.org/CCSRCawards.

The Chester County Science Research Competition is a feeder fair to the Delaware Valley fair, which will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks April 3-5. The competition will include some 1,000 students from New Jersey, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania, who will vy to advance the International Science and Engineering Fair, held this year in Pittsburgh.

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