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April 11, 2016
Students from schools across Polk County fared well during recent science and engineering competitions in the area.
A total 24 students from Polk competed at the 61st State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, held March 29-31 at The Lakeland Center. An estimated 900 students from across the state participated in the event.
Senior Division: Julia Canady, Lakeland Christian, second place in plant sciences; Grady Daniels, Bartow High IB, fourth place in mathematics and computational sciences; Jacob Fuller, Lakeland Christian, recognition in animal sciences; Matthew Klapprott, Bartow High IB, recognition in microbiology; Jasper Montgomery, Bartow High IB, honorable mention in chemistry.
Junior Division: Sophia Castrillon, St. Joseph’s Academy, third place in animal sciences; Elizabeth Lovely, Resurrection Catholic, fourth place in earth and environmental sciences; Zoe Parker, Lakeland Highlands Middle, second place in chemistry; Gabrielle Schaal, Resurrection Catholic, recognition in mathematics and computational sciences; Matthew Werd, Resurrection Catholic, fourth place in biomedical and health sciences.
The students noted above were all first place winners at the Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF), which took place Feb. 10-12 in Bartow. More than 260 local students competed in this year’s event.
Senior Division: Austin Banttari, Kathleen High, first place in physics and astronomy; Christopher Campbell, Bartow High IB, first place and best of fair in engineering; Kylie Harris, Kathleen High, first place in earth and environmental sciences; Noah Kurrack, Bartow High IB, first place in mathematics; Noelle Taylor, Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy, first place in biomedical and health sciences; Jason Zhang, Bartow High IB,first place in engineering.
Junior Division: Mateo Alvis, Dundee Ridge Middle, first place in microbiology; Varn Black, All Saints Academy, first place in botany; Regan Blais, Resurrection Catholic, first place in robotics; Emma Galbraith, Lakeland Christian, first place in biology and biochemistry; Christian Herman, Lakeland Christian, first place in engineering; Peyton Miller, Lakeland Christian, first place in physics and astronomy; Haley Pittman, Jewett Middle Academy IB, first place in physics and astronomy; Luke Sandoval, Resurrection Catholic, first place in chemistry.
Three senior division students who earned first place and “Best of Fair” at PRSEF will have the honor of presenting their research at this year’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
Christopher Campbell (Bartow High IB), Julia Canady (Lakeland Christian) and Jasper Montgomery (Bartow High IB) will compete at ISEF in Phoenix, Ariz. from May 9-13. Their independent research projects will be judged by doctoral-level experts in their respective fields.
ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science and engineering competition. It hosts over 1,700 student scientists from over 70 countries, regions and territories. Students compete for more than $5 million in awards, including scholarships, internships and tuition grants.