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April 24, 2018

Liberty seniors place third in state science fair

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Maria Cruz Caballero and Amy Lee, seniors from Liberty High School, received third place at the state science fair April 14.
Two students from Fauquier County won awards at the 33rd annual Virginia State Science & Engineering Fair (VSSEF) competition this month.

Maria Cruz Caballero and Amy Lee, both seniors from Liberty High School, received third place awards and a $100 cash prize from American Water Works for their project “Pond 2 Potable: Creating a Solar Powered Water Filtration Device.”

The event took place at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke on April 14.

The following Fauquier County students also attended this year’s state science and engineering fair:

• Joe Barrett, MVGS junior, “The Effect of Vibrations on Microbial Growth.”

• Ethan Jakum, MVGS junior, “The Cost-Efficacy of Bactericides on E. coli K12.”

• Kanishk Jawdekar, MVGS junior, “The Efficacy of Triclosan on E. coli K-12 Inhibition.”

• Angie Kim, Liberty High School junior, “Effects of In-ovo Injection of Cholecalciferol in Broilers (Cobb500); An Alternative to Antibiotics.”

• Josefina Krasny, MVGS 11 junior, “The Effect of Wing Shape on Lift Coefficient.”

• Joseph Rowell, MVGS junior, “The Relationship Between Asteroid Spectral Types and Albedo.”

• Akasha Wilkemeyer, Liberty High School freshman, “The Effect of Heat-Step Temperature on the Efficiency of Escherichia coli Transformation in Chemical Induction.”

• Heather Wotton, MVGS senior, “Comparison of the Strength of Experimental Chestnut Hybrids to Functionally Extinct American Chestnut (Castanea Dentata).”

• Mark Zitzmann, MVGS junior, “A Genetic Approach to Connect-4 Playing Algorithms.”

Heather, the top senior division winner at the Fauquier’s regional science fair, will move on to compete at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa. May 13-18.

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