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STJIHM hosts night of young scientists

February 7, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School held its annual science fair on Wednesday, Jan. 30 with 46 participants presenting. The students were judged in the afternoon and awards were presented that evening.

"This is my 28th science fair," said STJIHM science teacher and science fair chair-person Sharon Nicastro.

She said the number of entries is done from last year, but are maintaining a decent average.

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St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary sixth-grader John McMullen explains his science project concerning paint ball ballistics to judges Neera Khobiall and Steve Dinda during the school’s annual science fair on Jan. 30.

The science fair is only for grades six and eight. Using trifold display boards, the students document experiments on a range of subjects such as sixth-grader John McMullen's experiments in paint ball ballistics, sixth-grader Mathew Luknis' experiment in electrical charges applied to a stack of pennies, or eighth-grader Richard Wolfe's experiments with whether or not fingerprints are genetic.

Eighth-grader Nora Carlson took on the subject of "What the nose doesn't know." In this, she experimented to see if natural smells could be reproduced with non-natural chemicals that would fool one's sense of smell.

"I used isoamyl alcohol, acetic acid and sulfuric acid to make a banana smell," Carlson said. "You couldn't tell the difference between the mix and real bananas."

She was not new to the annual science fair, having competed when she was in sixth grade.

All the presenters attended an evening awards assembly held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center next to the school. Nicastro said awards will be given for superior projects as well as honorable mentions. All those rated superior will be eligible to compete at the district science fair held at Youngstown State University on March 9. A superior rating at the districts would qualify the student to display at the state science fair.

Those STJIHM students who rated superior at the awards ceremony included, in grade six: Mathew Luknis, Nico Andino, Thomas Leskovac, Jarod Day, and Dylan Miskell; and from the eighth grade: Brianna Bowell, Richard Wolfe, Syndney Heinbaugh, Andrew Griffin, Nora Carlson, and Joseph Chepke.

Receiving a ribbon for honorable mention were, from sixth grade: Travis Saxton, Christopher Smith, Abby Walsh, and Kathleen Faloon; and from the eighth grade: Maria Santana, Carly Koewacich, and Bryce Blazek.



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