Winners Announced in National Science Fair

Science Fair High School Winners
Story Highlights: 
  • More than 50 students from across the country participated.
  • This was the eighth year for the contest which is aimed to promote interest in technology, science, engineering and math to middle and high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • The top winners shared a total of $4,000 in cash prizes.

Winners have been announced in the 2013 RIT National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students held at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

More than 50 contestants from across the country brought their exhibits to Rochester, N.Y., during the competition, held March 22-24, 2013.

The goal of the Science Fair, in its eighth 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-place cash prizes were awarded to middle school students, high school students and in team divisions. First place winners in each division were awarded $500; second-place winders received $300 and third-place winners received $200. Each winner also received a plaque.

The winners are:

High School Individual Division

  • 1st place: Victoria Pon, of Jackson Heights, N.Y., from Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst, N.Y., for “Mouthwash Kills Bacteria.”
  • 2nd place: Tricia Delph, of Plymouth, Mass., from Bristol Plymouth Technical School in Massachusetts, for “Lily the Robot.”
  • 3rd place: Ryne Beachley, of San Pedro, Calif., from Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro, for “Effects of Pressure on Divers.”

High School Team Division

  • 2nd place: Andrea Crouch and Courtney McCarty, both of Springfield, Mo., from the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, for “Which Energy Drink Affects You The Most?”
  • 3rd place: Sarah Sharp and Susan Sharp, identical twins from from St. Augustine, Fla., from the  Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, for “Peripheral Vision.”

Middle School Individual Division

  • 1st place: Rhett Carbine, of Salt Lake City, Utah, from Jean Massieu School for the Deaf and Blind in Salt Lake City, for “How do Planarian React to Magnets?”
  • 2rd place: Kacper Kania, of Ludlow, Mass., from Clark School for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Mass., for “Can a Solar Panel Power a Remote-Controlled Car?
  • 3rd place: Decker Ayers, of Owego, N.Y., from Owego-Apalachin Middle School in Owego, for “Frost Bitten Hearning Aids.”

Middle School Team Division

  • 1st place: Amanda Ortiz, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Yeny Reyes, of Croydon, Pa., from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, for “How Much Electricity Causes Lights to Go Out?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • 3rd place: Javier Castenda a of St. Augustine, Fla., and Tyler Powell, from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, for “Solar Cells.”

Plans are underway for the 2014 National Science Fair. Details will be posted on the Science Fair website.






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