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Heathwood Students Excel at Science Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Heathwood’s Upper School Honors Science students had a dominant performance at this year’s South Carolina Junior Academy of Sciences annual conference, with almost half of all Heathwood projects and almost 40% of participating Heathwood students receiving awards—including Junior Jaylen Davis, who won first place in two categories.

Forty-seven Heathwood students traveled to the conference, held on April 16 at Winthrop University. In addition to Jaylen’s double first, 7 Heathwood students received first place awards, 6 won second place, and 5 came in third.

The following Heathwood Students earned awards for their written work:

3rd place in Physiology and Health - Philip Brewer for his paper on Caffeine’s Effect On Long Term Memory

2nd place in Biochemistry - Leila Barwick for her paper on The Effect Of Hydrogen-Peroxide On Enzyme Activity In Swine Blood Measured By The Amount Of Oxygen Present

2nd place in Microbiology - Julia Tenhover for her paper on The Effect Of The Number Of Hours Horses Are Kept Stalled Per Day On The Number Of Strongyle Type Eggs And Larvae Present In Manure

1st place in Biochemistry - Jaylen Davis for her paper on The Effect Of Chlorine And Bleach On The Color Intensity Of Pig Skin

1st place in Botany - Julia Faulds for her paper on The Effect Different Colored Light Wavelengths Have On Wisconsin Fast Plants

1st place in Consumer Science - Paris Tomlin & Sonali Patel for their paper on The Effects And Chemistry Of Natural Repellants Versus Chemically Formulated Repellents On Melittobia Digitata

The following Heathwood Students earned awards for their oral presentations at the conference:

3rd place in Physiology and Health - Savannah Hillmeyer for her presentation on The Effect Of A Swimmer’S Orientation On Velocity In Underwater Kicking

3rd place in Microbiology - Marie Charlotte Demetriades for her presentation on The Effect Of Sanitizers On Bacteria

3rd place in Botany - Pippa Richter for her presentation on The Effect Of Pollutants On The Health And Growth Of Distichlis Spicata

2nd place in Microbiology - Olivia Moran for her presentation on The Effect Of Ciprofloxacin On Escherichia Coli, Aquaspirillum Serpens, And Staphylococcus Epidermidis

2nd place in Environmental Science - Roscoe Burk-Moody for his presentation on The Effect Of Radio Wave Exposure On The Rate Of Growth Of Vegetation

2nd place in Consumer Science - Melina Manos for her presentation on The Effect Of Chlorine On The Durability Of Swimsuit Material

2nd place in Chemistry - Beverly Hennig & Julia Lauterbach for their presentation on the Effect of Burning Different Biomass Substances on the Amount Of Electricity produced For Lighting A Light Bulb?

1st place in Physiology and Health - Jaelen King for his presentation on The Effect Of Aerobic Exercise On Short Term Memory

1st place in Math and Computer Science - Athreya Murali for his presentation on The Effect Of R-Factor On The Summation Of Cantor’S Dust In The Cantor Fractal

1st place in Botany - Emma Shealy & Alyce Petit for their presentation on The Effect Of Various Hydroponic Fertilizers On The Emission Of Oxygen In Brassica Rapa Nipposinica Plants

1st place in Biochemistry - Jaylen Davis for her presentation on The Effect Of Chlorine And Bleach On The Color Intensity Of Pig Skin. 
 

Congratulations to all of our Honors Science Research students for a job well done. One judge even made the effort to seek out Jim Morris during a break to share with Mr. Morris how impressed he was with the caliber of our students’ projects and their general deportment.

8 schools participated in the non-mentored categories with a total of 136 papers submitted / presented.

36 projects of 136 presented, or 24%, of non-mentored presentations were by Heathwood Students

11/32 awards for oral presentations. or 34% of the awards, went to Heathwood Students / teams

Heathwood’s Honors Science and Research program is designed to challenge students academically and provide authentic laboratory experiences that prepare them for future success in the sciences. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who meet specific academic prerequisites and have both an interest and aptitude for science may choose to participate in the program. The Honors Science courses challenge students with a faster pace of instruction, a larger volume of content, and increased performance expectations.

Students participating in the program must design, implement, and analyze results from an independent experimental research project. They write up their work in a formal scientific report and present it publically, both at Heathwood’s annual Honors Science Research Symposium and at the SCJAS annual meeting.