MOUNT VERNON — Several budding young scientists from the area did very well at the May 11 State Science Day.
Achal Fernando-Peiris, a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School, earned a superior rating with his project using laser refraction to determine sugar consumption by yeast. He also won a first place Award of Excellence from the Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Fernando-Peiris is also competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Phoenix through today.
St. Vincent de Paul seventh-grader William Davis earned an excellent rating for his research into geothermal energy at shallow depths. He also received an Honorable Mention Geological Award from the Ohio Geological Society.
Three other students from St. Vincent were also awarded excellent ratings: Ethan Buehrer for his project on electric motors; Shannon Powers, hydropower; and Luke Trese, batteries.
All three of the entrants from Utica High School came home with “excellent” awards. Jacob Fincato studied the effects of fermentation on compost; Jacob Hart determined that alpaca manure is a better bean plant fertilizer than chicken manure; and Mary McKinley did a project on multi-metal induction coils.
The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., and Battelle sponsored State Science Day. The Ohio State University Office of Extended Education coordinated the event locally.
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