April 15, 2011                                                                                        

DSBN's Young Einsteins Recognized  

Budding young scientists at the District School Board of Niagara are being recognized for their research, hard work and innovative approaches to questions of science. Recently, students wrapped up one of their most successful showings at the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair which was held in March.

In particular, six DSBN students will move on to represent the region as part of Team Niagara at the Canada-Wide Science Fair held in Toronto from May 14-21. Travelling to Toronto will be:

  • Will Preston and Wyatt Hoadley, Vineland Public School
  • Shane Hickman, Pelham Centre Public School
  • Joan Lopez, Sir Winston Churchill
  • Varsha Jayasankar, Sir Winston Churchill
  • Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill

Additionally, Lexie Penny from Grimsby Secondary School will soon be packing her bags to represent the DSBN as part of Team Canada at the International Science Fair held in Los Angeles, California from May 8 -13. Lexie’s project “Niagara Region’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario,” was recognized with the University of Guelph Plant Science Award, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Award, the Hatch Award, United States Army Award and a Silver Medal in the Intermediate Division.

DSBN Science and Environmental Education Consultant Sean Hanna says students’ participation in these events allows them to “demonstrate their keen interest and innovative approach to complex scientific issues. We congratulate them all for their hard work, careful research and professional presentations.”

DSBN Award Winners at the 2011 Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair 

  Canada-Wide Science Fair Award 

Will Preston, Wyatt Hoadley, Vineland Public School, The Scratch-o-Matic

 Shane Hickman, Pelham Centre Public School, Light Seeking Robot Innovation

Joan Lopez, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthocyanin and the Autumn Phenomenon

 Varsha Jayasankar, Sir Winston Churchill, Lead Hyperaccumulation in Petunioideae: Opportunities for Household Phytoremediation

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The Role of Adventitia in Hypertension

 Brock University Entrance Scholarships 

Annuschka Bork, Sir Winston Churchill, The effectiveness of silicone as a resveratrol carrier and its ability to protect against an environment modeling a human stomach 

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The role of Adventitia in hypertension

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship 

Joan Lopez, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthocyanin and the autumn phenomenon  

Schools with Outstanding Representation 

Juvenile Division 

Vineland Public School

Junior Division 

Pelham Centre Public School

Secondary School 

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

Outstanding Science Fair Teacher 

Sarah Farrar, Vineland Public School

 

Specialty Awards 

Canadian Militia Award 

Roman Kozak, Lakeview Public, Solar Pin Battery and USB Charger

United States Army Bronze Medallion 

Colleen Cornett, Sir Winston Churchill, CIVD: The protective response

United States Army Award 

Lexie Penny, Grimsby Secondary, Niagara’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario

Olga Khudoyarova, Sir Winston Churchill, The effect of repeated exposure to a loss of balance on reactive postural control strategies

Ontario Institute of Agrology, Niagara Branch Award 

Varsha Jayasankar, Sir Winston Churchill, Lead hyperaccumulation in petunioideae: opportunities for household phytoremediation

Water Environmental Association of Ontario Award 

Jake Tsekrekos, Lakeview Public, Not enough oxygen? Evaluating the impact of temperature on the amount of dissolved oxygen in water

Brock Award 

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The role of Adventitia in hypertension

Niagara Electrical Association, Robert Burk Memorial Award 

Nicolas Vrban, Vineland Public, The non-shocking truth

 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Award 

Lexie Penny, Grimsby Secondary, Niagara’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario

 Dr. Doyle Award 

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The role of Adventitia in hypertension

Ontario Power Generation Award 

Rebecca Camplin, Pelham Centre Public, The flow of H20

Ontario Horticulture Society Award 

Joan Lopez, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthocyanin and the autumn phenomenon

Hatch Award 

Lexie Penny, Grimsby Secondary, Niagara’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario

Brock Social Science Award 

Ben Wyrnperle, Central Public, The learning cycle

Brock Mathematics Award 

Olga Khudoyarova, Sir Winston Churchill, The effect of repeated exposure to a loss of balance on reactive postural control strategies

Hydro One Networks Inc. Award 

Andrew Cline, Grimsby Secondary, Sound emissions from wind turbines

Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories Award 

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The role of Adventitia in hypertension

James Draper Memorial Award 

Shane Hickman, Pelham Centre Public, Light seeking robot innovation

 Brock University Chemistry Award 

Josh Labrie, Vineland, Which material is the best producer of gas?

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Award 

Krithika Srikanth and Neha Gulati, Jacob Beam and Lakeview Public Schools, Lights! Plants! Action!

Scott Vandermolen, Sir Winston Churchill, Population trends and variation of Niagara halictidae sweat bee pan trap collection 2003-2010

University of Guelph Plant Science Award 

Lexie Penny, Grimsby Secondary, Niagara’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario

Joan Lopex, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthocyanin and the autumn phenomenon

Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association 

Ishaan Gulati, Lakeview Public, Give me your ethylene

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Awards 

Hannah Moran, Vineland Public, Gardening on Mars

Theoren Leavens, Pelham Centre Public, Natural vs. artificial sugars

Olivia Roy, Lisa Liang, McKay Public School, Does the type of ribbon affect the length of curl

Ben Wynperle, Central Public, The learning cycle

Divisional Awards 

Juvenile Division  

Honourable Mentions 

Lucas Penny, Braden Wenzel, Central Public School, Managing disaster: evaluating the effectiveness of oil absorbents

Rebecca Camplin, Pelham Centre, The flow of H20

Bronze Medal 

Allie Hunter, Parnall Public, Oil removal system

Silver Medal  

Josh Labrie, Vineland Public, Which material is the best producer of gas

Gold Medal 

Nicolas Vrban, Vineland Public, The non-shocking truth

Junior Division  

Honourable Mention 

Emily Cline, Lakeview Public, Disposable versus reusable coffee cups, an environmental comparison

Ishaan Gulati, Lakeview Public, Give me your ethylene 

Sarah Fuller, Pelham Centre Public, Tricks for Slicks

Annie Berg, Vineland Public, Ride the Glide

Connor Haining, Vineland Public, B-stand

Ryan Quanz, Central Public, Mozart effect take 2

Bronze Medals 

Roman Kozak, Lakeview Public, Solar pin battery and USB charger

Silver Medal 

Will Preston, Wyatt Hoadley, Vineland Public, The Scratch-o-matic

Gold Medal 

Shane Hickman, Pelham Centre Public, Light seeking robot

Intermediate Division  

Honourable Mentions 

Andrea Kline, Grimsby Secondary, Sound emissions from wind turbines

Kyra Simone, Eden High School, Music to my ears?

Silver Medal 

Lexie Penny, Grimsby Secondary, Niagara’s Environmental Impact on Water Quality of Lake Ontario

Varsha Jayasankar, Sir Winston Churchill, Lead hyperaccumulation in petunioideae: opportunities for household phytoremediation

Senior Division 

Honourable Mentions 

Annuschka Bork, Sir Winston Churchill, The effectiveness of silicone as a resveratrol carrier and its ability to protect against an environment modeling a human stomach

Joan Lopez, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthocyanin and the autumn phenomenon

Gold Medal 

Gaelle Grouz, Sir Winston Churchill, The role of Adventitia in hypertension