Ephrata students win science fair awards

By on April 4, 2012



Some of the Ephrata High School students receiving awards at the 2012 North Museum Science and Engineer Fair at Franklin and Marshall College were (front row, left to right) Madison Brubaker, Megan Esterbrook and Rachael Weaver; (middle, l-r) Caitlin Lynch, Juan Sebastian Alvarez, Jenna Yarger and Travis Groff; (back, l-r) Julia Freidly, Erica Voigt and Henry Giroux. Photos of Ephrata Middle School students will be published next week. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Ephrata Area School District again had a strong showing in this year’s North Museum Science and Engineering Fair.

Following is a list of and category award winners from Ephrata:

?Brianne Balmer, an eighth grader at Ephrata Middle School, received an honorable mention in the Jr. High Physical Science category for her project "Concrete Strength."

?Rachael Weaver, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received a second place award in the Computer Science category for her project "Computer Accuracy."

?Juan Sebastian Alvarez, a senior at Ephrata High School, received an honorable mention in the Energy and Transportation category for his project "Production of Biodiesel by Methoxide Transesterfication of Scendesmus Species."

?Megan Esterbrook, a junior at Ephrata High School, received a first place award in the Medicine and Health Science category for her project "The Effects of Resveratrol on the Life Span of Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

?Madison Brubaker, a junior at Ephrata High School, received a third place award in the Medicine and Health Science category for her project "Transmission and Carry-Over Through Blood Glucose Monitoring Equipment."

?Molly Hackman, a seventh grader at Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH), received a third place award in the Jr. High Plant Science category for her project "Berry Full of DNA."

The following students were auxiliary award winners at the 2012 North Museum Science and Engineering Fair.

Einstein’s Grandmother Award

Juan Sebastian Alvarez, a senior at Ephrata High School, received a first place Einstein’s Grandmother Award for his project "Production of Biodiesel by Methoxide Transesterfication of Scendesmus Species."

Farm and Home Foundation of Lancaster County

?Caitlin Lynch, a junior at Ephrata High School, received a third place Farm and Home Foundation of Lancaster County award for her project "The Effects of Honey and Extracted Hive Products on Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli." Lynch also received a first place Life Sciences award.

?Julia Freidly, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received a second place Lancaster City and County Medical Society award for her project "Feeling the Burn." Friedly also received a first place Lancaster County Pharmacists Association award.

?Madison Brubaker, a junior at Ephrata High School, received a first place Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences award for her project "Transmission and Carry-Over Through Blood Glucose Monitoring Equipment."

Lancaster Regional Medical Center

?Megan Esterbrook, a junior at Ephrata High School, received a first place Lancaster Regional Medical Center award for her project "The Effects of Resveratrol on the Life Span of Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

?Erica Voigt, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received a third place Lancaster Regional Medical Center award for her project "The Correlation Between Eye Color and Sensitivity to Light."

?Travis Groff, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received a second place Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers award for his project "Does Heat Affect the Strength of Wood Glue?"

?Jenna Yarger, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received a second place Stockholm Junior Water Prize award for her project "The Effect of Grey Water on Plant Growth."

?Henry Giroux, a freshman at Ephrata High School, received an overall first place U.S. Army award for his project "How Do Fins Affect Rocket Performance."

?Allison Turner, a seventh grader at Ephrata Middle School, received a first place Junior High award for her project "Brand of Paper Towel vs. Water Absorbancy." More SCIENCE, page A6

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