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placeholder March 26, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA

From left, Matthew Williams, Angela Abarquez, Micaela Camozzi and Lara May participated
in the diocesan science fair, with Angela,
Michaela and Lara advancing to the Contra
Costa Science and Engineering Fair.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. MARY SCHOOL

Anyssa Martinez, a seventh-grader at St. Jerome School in El Cerrito, is the grand champion in the Behavior Science division at the diocesan science fair.
PHOTO COURTESY OF St. Joseph
Notre dame High School
Third diocesan science fair draws 500 visitors
Six students from St. Philip Neri School in Alameda were
among the finalists and grand champions at the diocesan
science fair. Front row: seventh-graders Meredith McMurray,
Rachel Hungerford, Avery Hahwleg; back row: eighth-graders
Quinn Gilchrist, Emma Doud, Alexander Elfar. Their teacher
is Bill Frank.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE OPPERUD
Nearly 500 people visited the campus of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda on Feb. 25 for the third annual Diocese of Oakland Science Fair for middle-school students, which featured activities and experiments for the visitors and prizes for the winners.

Visitors were invited to participate in science activities in the Anthony V. Aiello Science Center, including turning pennies into gold, extracting strawberry DNA and taking home a carnivorous plant. The SJND science faculty helped organize the activities.

The finalists and grand champions were recognized for their accomplishments, and grand champions were given an Amazon Kindle and a commemorative plaque marking their achievement. They were also invited to go onto the next level of science competition at the regional level.

Finalists, winners, schools, topic and grade included:

Behavioral Science finalists
Francesca Carusa, Assumption, "How accurate are eyewitness testimonies?" Eighth Grade.
Quinn Gilchrist, St. Philip Neri, "Baby Talk," Eighth Grade.
David Capune, St. David, "Are smiles contagious?" Seventh Grade.
Sienna Knight, St. David, "Does the nose really determine taste?" Eighth Grade.
Eric Tran, St. Jarlath, "Effect of classical music on sleeping patterns," Seventh Grade

Grand Champion
Anyssa Martinez, St. Jerome, "Brain Confusion: Colors and words," Seventh Grade.

Biology finalists
Avery Hahlweg, St. Philip Neri, "Citrus wars," Seventh Grade.
Kayla Zamora, Holy Spirit, "Extracting Fruit DNA," Eighth Grade.
Lara May, St. Mary, "Dogs or Humans: Which mouth is cleaner?" Seventh Grade.
Orion Aljarrah, Corpus Christi, "Bye, bye fruit fly," Seventh Grade.
Cormac Kelly, Corpus Christi, "How long does coffee stimulate?" Eighth Grade.
Micaela Camozzi, St. Mary, "Effects of alcohol," Eighth Grade.

Grand Champion
Sean Hennigan, Corpus Christi, "Saving the Halloween pumpkin," Eighth Grade.

Engineering finalists
Jordan Magpoc, St. Edward, "Water drops and sparks," Eighth Grade.
Tan Celisse, Holy Spirit, "Floating on Air," Seventh Grade.
Ryan Lewis, Our Lady of Guadalupe, "Household appliance energy consumption," Seventh Grade.
Rahul Joshi, St. Clement, "The effects of different light colors," Seventh Grade.
Antoinette Carpio, Holy Spirit, "The photovoltaic system," Eighth Grade.

Grand Champion
Angela Abarquez, St. Mary, "What's your tech IQ?" Eighth Grade.

Environmental Science finalists
Erika Pasia, St. Patrick, "Foam Home," Eighth Grade.
Rachel Hungerford, St. Philip Neri, "Fine feathers make fine birds," Seventh Grade.
Jeffrey Eitelgeorge, St. Perpetua, "Shake rattle and roll," Eighth Grade.
Isamari De Leon, St. John, "The science behind tsunamis," Seventh Grade.
Nick Hess, Our Lady of Guadalupe, "From food mass to methane gas," Eighth Grade.
Christopher Hernandez, St. Patrick, "Are you charged up?" Seventh Grade.

Grand Champion
Erica Brosnan, St. John, "The world of worms," Eighth Grade.

Math finalists
Angelica Cabato, St. Leander, "Rapid Fire, ping-pong match," Eighth Grade.
Nathanial de la Torre, St. Lawrence, "Do or Di," Seventh Grade.

Grand Champion
Maximilian Reyna, Our Lady of Guadalupe, "The science of digital imaging," Eighth Grade

Physical Science Finalists
Emma Doud, St. Philip Neri, "What is the most efficient and effective mirror?" Eighth Grade.
Alexander Braswell, Our Lady of Guadalupe, "Watts up with bulbs," Eighth Grade.
Juliana Diaz, Assumption, "Parachutes," Seventh Grade.
Zachary Ling, St. Edward, "Magnetism and kinetic energy," Eighth Grade.
Adrianne Nguyen, St. John the Baptist, "The strength of duct tape," Seventh Grade.
Giovanni Hernandez, All Saints, "The battle between cars and air," Eighth Grade.
Joshua Moraida, Our Lady of Guadalupe, "Rockets in the sky!" Eighth Grade.
Gabriella Respicio, St. Patrick, "Bottle it Up!" Eighth Grade.
Meredith McMurray, St. Philip Neri, "Interactions of magnetic fields," Seventh Grade.

Grand Champion
Alexander Elfar, St. Philip Neri, "Do barriers, distance and various modes reduce radio frequency?" Eighth Grade.

 

 
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