Lincoln Orens Middle School recognized its science stars on Feb. 1, during the annual Science Fair Awards Breakfast celebration and awards ceremony. The event honored a total of 20 winning projects from grades seven and eight, as well as 10 individuals and pairs that will go on to represent Island Park at the Long Island Science Congress.
The school’s science fair was held on Jan. 11 and featured extensive research, experiments and findings through use of the scientific method. This was the second year that fifth- and sixth-graders joined their older peers at the science fair. The fifth-grade class completed a project together, while sixth-graders collaborated in groups. The seventh- and eighth-graders selected their own topics and had the option to work independently or with a partner.
Ten of the awarded projects were chosen to advance to the Long Island Science Congress, which will be held in April at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington. Headed to the competition are AnnaMarie Aebly and Kalya Hayduk for “How do your eyes and ears affect dizziness?” Katelyn Doyle and Katie Flaniken for “Which fruit ruins gelatin the most?” Jeneille DeLeon for “Candy Chromatography,” Gabriella Hohmann and Eva Emerson for “Which fruit has the most Vitamin C?” Maguire Emerson and Dylan McCabe for “Are your food labels lying?” Daniel Rosenberg and Robert Delach for “The effects of video games on eye, hand and body coordination,” Geremiah Evangelista and Gabriella Kouletsis for “Hydropower,” Devon Marek-Holub for “Can garlic prevent crown gall in tomato plants?” Isabella DiGregorio and Kaetlyn Lee for “Using Daphnia to measure water toxicity” and Jaclyn Keon and Samantha Grillo for “Does exercise increase vital capacity?”
The other winners recognized at the breakfast were Drew Barwicki for “How does the temperature of water affect plant growth?” Samantha Fiallos and Maryann Guzman for “Cold pack chemistry,” Jasiah Sargeant for “A magnetic linear accelerator,” Gia Rebele for “Does tea stain teeth?” Nicklaus Kouletsis and Ivan Crespo for “Electric cars are the future of this planet,” Mia DeBellis and Isabella Mejia-Acevedo for “Are fingerprints inherited?” Nikki DeCicco for “The effect of microwave radiation on organisms,” Lucia Castaldo and Summer Spiteri for “Can taste buds detect MSG levels?” Victoria Lugo and Elsy Guzman-Amaya for “Yeast in the heat” and Marie Murphy for “Iron-rich foods.”
Seventh-grade science teacher Philip DeSantis and eighth-grade science teacher Kristiana Sefchek joined Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman in presenting plaques to the honorees.
“I hope you take what you learned from this experience and you get more involved in additional science research here at the middle school, and when you go on to [high school] that you take opportunities to continue to develop your skills,” Mr. Randazzo said. He praised the students for their demonstration of knowledge and deep conceptual understanding about their topics.