Three Mobile County Public Schools students were among the Best in Show winners at the 2019 Mobile Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held recently at the University of South Alabama.
Vanessa Siggers of Murphy High School and Raj Mehta and Destiny Baugh of Davidson High were three of the four Best in Show winners. Siggers’ project, “Investigating the Bactericidal and Anti‐Biofilm Effects of Naringenin on Enterobacter cloacae” also won the Cellular/Molecular Biology/Microbiology category in the Senior Division and won the Moore Family Statistical Excellence Award.
Mehta’s project, “The Effect of Different Dilutions of Juices on the Growth of HT29 and OVCAR8 Cells,” was the runner-up for the Moore Family honor, while Baugh’s project, “The Effect of Salinity on the Nitrogen Fixing Properties of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi,” placed second in Cellular/Molecular Biology/Microbiology.
Other category winners from MCPSS schools are listed below. Winners may advance to the Alabama Science & Engineering Fair on April 4-5 in Huntsville.
Junior Division winners:
Clark-Shaw: Leland Normand (Behavioral/Social Sciences), Maddison Burckhart (Botany/Zoology, Group 1), Jon Stephens (Botany/Zoology, Group 2), Cadyn Eades (Chemistry, Group 1), Kameron Lavender (Chemistry, Group 2), Sam Nameniuk (Engineering, Group 1), Katherine McQuillen (Engineering, Group 2), Sophia Darrough (Environmental, Group 1), Salihah Daffin (Environmental, Group 2), Leah Scott (Medicine & Health, Group 1), Jackson Taylor (Physical Science, Group 1).
Dunbar: Kyra Owens (Math & Computers).
Phillips Prep: Zamorah Morton (Medicine & Health, Group 2), Graham West (Physical Science, Group 2), Amelia Velaski (Physical Science, Group 3)
Senior Division winners:
Davidson: Taylor Lewis (Biochemistry), Caroline Herndon (Chemistry), Louisa Forbes (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Walter Edwards (Material Sciences), Paulette Aomo (Plant Sciences).
Murphy: Deanna Scopolites (Animal Sciences), Chloe Duren (Behavioral/Social Sciences), Maya Melgar (Biomedical & Health Sciences), Catherine Dodson (Energy: Chemical/Physical), Jordan Werneth (Environmental Engineering), Tyler Thornton (Physics & Astronomy).