Science stars at state

The State Science and Engineering Fair was held on Oahu March 28-30. Twelve students from Kauai middle and high schools represented the island at the fair, held at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The winners are:

– Braelyn Cayaban, Waimea Canyon Middle School.

Award: First place in Biochemistry category for the Junior Division.

Project: Anaerobic Digestion of Biomass.

Prizes: $200 from the American Society of Civil Engineers and $500 (and $500 to teacher Lisa Yamagata) for Best in Biochemistry from the Queen’s Health Systems Broadcom Masters Award.

– Ritikaa Kumar, Kapaa High School.

Award: Third place in Biochemistry category for the Senior Division.

Project: Honey as a Measure of Environmental Contamination by Glyphosate.

Prizes: $100 from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Alumni Association, $50 with plaque from J.W. Morrow Environmental Management Consultant Plaque from Nalu Studies and $1,000 (and $1,000 to teacher Nicole McKamey) from McInerny Foundation.

– Jacky Lin, Kauai High School.

Award: First place in Energy- Chemical category for the Senior Division.

Project: The Effects of Silica on Nitzschia sp.’s Lipid Production and Nutraceutical Content.

Prizes: Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Award.

– Akira Takabayashi, Kauai High School.

Award: First place in Mathematics for the Senior Division.

Project: The 3n+1 Problem.

Prize: Mu Alpha Theta Award.

– Jasmine Dela Cruz, Kyanna Sales Asuncion and Kayllah Salud, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

Project: Energy Hearts.

Prize: $100 and a Clinical Laboratory Management Association meeting workshop.


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