Madeleine Forbes and Kelly Blacksher of Davidson High School were first-place category winners at the state science fair held recently at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Forbes won first place in chemistry for her project: “The Synthesis and Testing of Potent Yet Selective Inhibitors of Protein Photophatase 5.”Blacksher placed first in biochemistry for her project: “The Ocean Acidification Problem.”
Forbes also earned a special award from the American Chemical Society and was named an ISEF Finalist. And Blacksher’s project earned a special award from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Forbes and Blacksher also placed first in their respective categories at the regional science fair at South Alabama, and Forbes was the overall high school winner at the district level.
Claude Hall, also of Davidson, won special awards for the Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council and NASA for his project, “Simulation of Modes in Matlab and Simulink,” which placed second in the robotics and intelligent machines category.
Dustin Brown of Mary G. Montgomery received a special award from the Association of Energy Engineers for his project, “Slowing Down the Burn Speed of Gasoline,” which placed third in the energy: chemical/energy: physical category.
Vanessa Siggers of Murphy won a Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her project, “Not So Slick: Constructing a Microholed Device for Oil Spill Absorption and Storage and Testing its Remediation Abilities on Oils of Varying Viscosities,” which placed second in the earth and environmental sciences category.
And Louisa Forbes of Clark-Shaw School of Math & Science won a special award from U.S. Army Science and Engineering for her project, “Fuel of the Future: Generating Biofuels from Local Invasive Plants,” which placed third in the environmental category
Other students from Murphy, Clark-Shaw and Phillips Prep also placed in the state competition:
Clark-Shaw: Suhas Patil, honorable mention, environmental; Samuel Godwin, honorable mention, chemistry; Janae Young, honorable mention, math/computers
Phillips: Vivianne Prerost, honorable mention, medicine & health sciences; Hunter Ryan, honorable mention, physical sciences
Murphy: Deanna Scopolites, third place, animal sciences; Chloe Duren, fourth place, behavioral & social sciences; Aisling Finnegan, fourth place, behavioral & social sciences; Ryan Langhinrichsen-Rohling, fourth place, behavioral & social sciences; Katie Boone, fourth place, phsyics & astronomy
Godwin won Best in Fair in the junior division at the regional science fair for his project, “Effects of Acid Rain on Metals,” while Finnegan placed fourth in Best In Fair in the senior division for her project: “Caffeine and Sugar vs. Focus.”
Langinrichsen-Rohling, Siggers, Hall, Patil, Godwin and Young placed first in their respective categories at the regional fair.