SCIENCE FAIR REPORT
By Jerry Kiefer
On Thursday, April 5,
four members of the Colorado Mineral Society had the pleasure of serving
as judges for the Fifty-Seventh Annual Colorado Science and Engineering
Fair, held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. CMS is one of
a number of organizations that provide special awards for the competition
that brings together interesting displays representing the research projects
of junior and senior high school students from throughout the state. CMS
is the only private organization that has presented a special award during
the entire 57-year history of the state science fair. Lee Brown, Craig
Hazelton, Ray Horton and Jerry Kiefer reviewed those that had an Earth
Science theme, and then interviewed the student researchers. After difficult
deliberation, they chose the following as deserving of recognition by
Junior Division, First Place: Alexandra Famiglietti, 8th Grade,
Cherry Creek Challenge School, Denver. The title of Alexandra's project:
Dissolving History: The Effects of Acid Rain on Marble and Other
Junior Division, Second Place: Andrew Miller, 8th Grade, Our Lady
of Fatima Catholic School, Lakewood. The title of Andrew's project: Rock
and Sediment Properties and Water Flow.
Senior Division, First Place: Brisha Wakasugi, 11th Grade, Sierra
Grande Jr/Sr High School, Blanca. The title of Brisha's project: Kerber
Creek Restoration using Phytoremediation III: Prioritizing Clean-up Areas
Using Water and Soil Quality Analysis Methods.
Senior Division, Second Place: Johanna Philips, 12th Grade, Monte
Vista High School, Monte Vista. The title of Johanna's project: Water
In, Water Out: Using a Water Balance Model To Estimate Net Consumptive
Each of the
winners received a copy of Roadside Geology of Colorado and a check,
$40 for the First Place winners, and $25 for the Second Place winners.
Each also received a Certificate of Achievement and a mineral specimen
from the Colorado Mineral Society.
This is an enjoyable project for the judges. We are always amazed at the
talent we see in these young people. If you would like to see any or all
of the project abstracts, please get in touch with Jerry Kiefer (email@example.com).
Any CMS member who would like to participate in the experience next year
should make one of this year's judges aware of your interest.