It's on to L.A. for 15 Science Winners


Science Fair winners (from left, front) Savannah Lee, Tara Knox, K.C. Farrell, Lucy Hritzo, Jonah Kallenbach, Sanjana Salwi, Bernadette Hritzo, Hannah Kim; (back) Andrew Feldman, Meghan Shea, Jack Huang

Fifteen science students from southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey captured medals in the annual Delaware Valley Science Fairs and will now compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 8-13 in Los Angeles.

Students in grades 6-12 competed for more than $1 million in scholarships and awards in the Delaware Valley event, held April 6 in Oaks, PA. Projects included cancer research, mathematical proofs and forensics. Winners and their projects include:


Gold medal: Nicole Tsai, 17, Holmdel, NJ, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ, Extending the Motional Stark Effect Diagnostic to Low Magnetic Fields: Towards Implementing a Laser-induced Fluorescence Technique.

Silver medal: Benjamin Kraft,  Liberty High School, Bensalem, Pa., Entries of Random Matrices.

Bronze medal: Bernadette Hritzo, 17, Holland, Pa., Villa Joseph Marie High School, Holland, Pa., The Analysis and Characterization of the Bioactive Antimicrobial Natural Products from Marine Sponges. Bernadette isolated and identified antimicrobial compounds from marine sponges that have inhibited growth of staph and a tuberculosis mimic.


Gold medal: Sanjana Salwi,16, Morganville, NJ, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ, Retinal Proteins in Dorsal vs. Ventral Hemiretina of Pantodon Bucccholzi. Sanjana contrasted proteins in fish to bovine proteins to support theories of neuronal regeneration.

Silver medal: Andrew Feldman, 16, Freehold, NJ, Manalapan High School, Englishtown, NJ, Acoustic Array Imaging Using Optimizing Beam-forming Techniques. Andrew proved how acoustic imaging uses sound to form images.

Bronze medal: Jack Huang, 16, Allentown, Pa., Parkland High School, Allentown, Pa., From Dusk to Dawn: Contact Lenses in the Night Tear Protein. Jack investigated the protein interaction with contact lenses during overnight wear.


Gold medal: Jonah Kallenbach, 16, Ambler, Pa., Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa., Monte Carlo Simulation of a Serial Dilution PCR Experiment. Jonah created random simulation of a DNA-cloning serial dilation.

Silver medal: Meghan Shea, 16, West Chester, Pa., Unionville, High School, Kennett Square, Pa. The Effect of Nitrogen and Sulfur and Phosphorus Compounds on the Bioremediation of Oil by Pseudomonas Fluorescence and Bacillus Subtilis for Use During Oil Spills. Meghan attempted to increase the effectiveness of two bacteria at degrading oil for use during the oil spill cleanup.

Bronze medal: Angela Han, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ. Mechanistic Study of Sulforaphane Induced Cytotoxicity.


Gold medal:  Lucy Hritzo, 15, Holland, Pa., Villa Joseph Marie High School, Holland, Pa., Survey of Bacterial Prevalence in Raw Milk. Lucy investigated if there are bacteria in raw, unpasteurized milk.

Silver medal: Hannah Kim, 15, Allentown, Pa., Parkland High School, Allentown, Pa. Omega Fatty Acid Levels. Hannah studied the effects of the human diet on his or her own levels of fatty omega acids.

Bronze medal: Alan Yang, Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington, Pa., Proofs of Two Archimedean Propositions Using Euclidean Geometry.


Gold medal: Tara Knox, 18, Philadelphia, a senior, and Savannah Lee, 17, Audubon, Pa., and Kacie Farrell, 18, Philadelphia, both juniors. All attend Mount St. Joseph Academy, Flourtown, Pa., Enolase: A Glycolic Enzyme of Blood Stage Malaria. The team studied the potential of enolase as a vaccine target.


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