2011 RIT/NTID National Science Fair Winners Announced

Cheyanne Olson (center) from Fort Gibson (Okla.) High School won $500 for first place for individual high school students.

Winners have been announced in the 2011 National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students held at RIT/NTID.

More than 50 contestants from across the country and Canada brought their exhibits to Rochester during the competition, held March 25-27, 2011.

The goal of the Science Fair, in its fifth year, is to promote interest in technology, science, engineering and math among 6th through 12th graders who are deaf or hard of hearing.

First, second and third places were awarded to middle school students, high school students and in the team division. First prize in each division was awarded $500; second-place winners received $300 and third-place winners received $200. Each winner also received a plaque.

The winners are:

High School Individual Division

  • 1st place: Cheyanne Olson, of Fort Gibson, Okla., from Fort Gibson (Okla.) High School, for “Causes of Fluctuations in Salmon Population of Milton Creek, Scappoose Watershed, Columbia River, Oregon.”
  • 2nd place: Eric Epstein, of Tucson, Ariz., from Canyon Del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Ariz., for “A Hot Idea.”
  • 3rd place: Jordan Sanjaya, of Philadelphia, from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, for “Can Hot Water Freeze Faster than Cold Water?”
  • Honorable Mention: Kayla Miller, from Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, in Pittsburgh, for “How Does Phosphorus Affect Aquatic Plants?”

High School Team Division

  • 1st place: Sergio Carrillo of Staten Island, N.Y., Shyiann Baksh of Ozone Park, and Gabriel Carino of The Bronx, all from Lexington School for the Deaf, Jackson Heights, N.Y., for “Lactose Pills: Rate of Dissolving Effect on Lactose Break Down.”
  • 2nd place: Matthew Wright,  of Gray Court, S.C., James Ivey, of Rock Hill, S.C. and Tiffany Harrison of Simpsonville, S.C., from the South Carolina School for the Deaf, Spartanburg, S.C.,  for “The Toxic Effects of Oil on Fish.”
  • 3rd place: Tracy Lavender, of Litchfield, Ill., and Yanay Rodriguez, of Chicago, from the Illinois School for the Deaf,  Jacksonville, Ill., for “Sunscreens and Environmental Hazards.”

Middle School Individual Division

  • 1st place: Decker Ayers, of Owego, N.Y., from Owego-Apalachin Middle School in Owego, for “Defense Against Rust.”
  • 2nd place: Marshall Hurst, from Vineland Station, Ont., Canada, from Vineland (Ont.) Public School, for “Solar Energy.”
  • 3rd place: Matthew Hart, of Carol Stream, Ill., from All Saints Catholic Academy, Naperville, Ill. for “Got Energy?”

Middle School Team Division

  • 1st place: Chasien Taylor, of Lakeland, Fla., Frankie Stewart, of St. Augustine, Fla. and Nick Stanfield, of Waldo, Fla., from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Fla., for “Acid in Soda?”
  • 2nd place: Savannah McCord, of Lacrosse, Fla., and Courtney Moore, of Lakeland, Fla., from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Fla., for “Eggstra Strong.”
  • 3rd place: Christian Jacobs, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Josette Savea, of Salt Lake City, and Itzel Garcia, of West Valley City, all from the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Salt Lake City, Utah, for “Rock Crawling Experiment.”

Plans are underway for the 2012 National Science Fair. Details will be posted on the Science Fair website.

Check out a video from the event!


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