Dunbar Magnet seventh grader Dakota Perry started her science project with a simple question: Which areas have the most polluted water, rural or urban?
She scouted out areas to test using Google maps, took water samples and tested them for contaminants. Her findings: Water from rural areas had more pollution, largely due to fertilizer runoff and dumping. The contaminant she found most often in water from rural areas was lead, while she found cyanuric acid most prevalent in urban areas.
“I was extremely surprised at how much lead there was,” she said.
Perry’s project, “Water Pollution: Urban vs. Rural,” was named Best in Show at the 2019 Mobile County Science Fair.
“It makes me really happy,” said Perry, who wants to one day turn her love for science into a career. “I want to help out the animals, especially all the endangered ones.”
The science fair was held Friday at Cranford Burns Middle School. Lauren McDonald of Mary G. Montgomery won the high school division for her animal science project: “The significance and effect of certain substances and environmental dynamics on the heart rate of Daphnia Magna.” Phillips Prep’s Matthew Alexander won the middle school division for his engineering project: “Science with a Magnet Train.”
Jake Aponte, also of Phillips Prep, won the Bramuchi Fay Family Horizon Award for the top project by a sixth-grader, and Lott Middle’s Bradyn Rivers won the Susann Ford Pierce Patriot Award for Excellence in Scientific Investigation.
Middle school category winners were:
Behavioral and Social Science: 1. Tess Bodiford, Clark-Shaw
Botany: 1. Madison Burchartt, Clark-Shaw; 2. Dinali Jayasena, Phillips; 3. Finn Host, Phillips; Honorable mention, Logan Hetzman, Clark-Shaw
Chemistry: 1. Graham West, Phillips; 2. Grayson Morgan, Burns; 3. Haleigh Hartmann, Causey; Honorable mention, John Jurenka, Hankins
Engineering: 1. Matthew Alexander, Phillips; 2. Aris Richter, Clark-Shaw; 3. Katherine McQuillen, Clark-Shaw; Honorable mention, Jacob Auld, Phillips
Environmental Science: 1. Dakota Perry, Dunbar; 2. Will Dollison, Clark-Shaw; 3. Loan Phi Tran, Clark_Shaw; Honorable mention, Hunter McCormick, Clark-Shaw; Thomas Carmichael, Phillips
Math and Computer Science: 1. Kyra Owens, Dunbar; 2. McKenzie Brackett, Clark-Shaw
Medicine and Health: 1. Annie Dinkel, Clark-Shaw; 2. Elise Morton, Phillips; 3. Morgan Rosenbohm, Phillips; Honorable mention, Noah Dorsey, Causey
Physical science: 1. Braeden Dye, Phillips; 2. Chloe Fernandez, Phillips; 3. Andrew Templin, Clark-Shaw; Honorable mention, Malcolm Bryan, Lott; Stone Swartz, Dunbar
Zoology: 1. Taylor Lester, Clark-Shaw; 2. Riley Brown, Phillips; 3. Caylyn Turner, Clark-Shaw
High school category winners:
Animal science: 1. Abigail Foster, Davidson; 2. Ryan Green, Davidson; 3. Taniya McAlpine, Murphy; Honorable mention, Deanna Scopolites, Murphy
Behavioral and Social Science: 1. Isabella Elortegui, Murphy; 2. Lauren Aamo, Davidson; 3. Indya Mooney, Murphy; Honorable mention, Chloe Duren, Murphy
Biochemistry: 1. Taylor Lewis, Davidson; 2. Aalayah Kizer, Davidson; 3. Ta’Niyah Phalo, Murphy
Biomedical and Health Science: 1. Raj Mehta, Davidson; 2. Maya Melgar, Murphy; 3. Mackenzie Fuller, Mary G. Montgomery
Biomedical Engineering: 1. Natalia Trejo, Murphy; 2. Grace Wong, Davidson; 3. Breanna Jones, Murphy
Cellular, Molecular, Microbiology: 1. Destiny Baugh, Davidson; 2. Whitney Neese, Murphy
Computer, Robotics, System Software: 1. Lauren McDonald, Mary G. Montgomery
Earth and Environmental Science: 1. Isabel Reimer, Murphy; 2. Riley Tucker, Davidson; 3. Emily McDonald, Mary G. Montgomery
Energy: Chemical and Physical: 1. Dustin Brown, Mary G. Montgomery; 2. Lance Dees, Mary G. Montgomery; 3. Tristan Buckley, Murphy; Honorable mention, Sharon Pettway, Baker
Engineering Mechanics: 1. Donovan Hasting, Mary G. Montgomery
Environmental Engineering: 1. Joshua Pruitt, Davidson; 2. Lauren Kerr, Murphy
Materials Science: 1. Ruth Harper, Davidson; 2. Katie Boone, Murphy
Mathematics: 1. Bailey Scopolites, Murphy; 2. Brian McDonald, Mary G. Montgomery
Physics and Astronomy: 1. Daniel Hodgins, Baker
Plant Sciences: Jordan Werneth, Murphy