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CCSD Students Headed to Regional Science & Engineering Fair

CCSD Students Headed to Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Cherokee County School District students are advancing to the Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair!

Seventeen CCSD middle and high school students have been selected to compete this month at the regional fair at Georgia Highlands College for the opportunity to win honors and advance to the Science and Engineering Fair.  Elementary school students compete separately in the Georgia College K-5 State Science Fair.  

“Congratulations to each of you on advancing to regionals and best wishes in the competition.  I’ve read about each of your projects and your knowledge and dedication to STEM learning and research is impressive!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you to our STEM teachers and thank you to the district staff and sponsors who make these science and engineering competitions possible.”

Congratulations to CCSD’s regional competitors:

Andres Arteaga and Ryan Bustelo, Grade 11, Woodstock High School (teacher Steve Epperson) with the project “The Effect Ocean Warming and Depletion of Nutrients Has on Phytoplankton (Nannochloropsis Phytoplankton) Growth and Krill (Saltwater Brine Shrimp) populations” in the Earth & Environmental Sciences category

Ally Bannerman and Evelyn Neal, Grade 11, Woodstock High School (teacher Sarah Brennan) with the project “The Effects of Rottlerin on Escherichia coli Conjugation” in the Microbiology category

Andee Clark and Keelin Murray, Grade, 10, Woodstock High School (teacher Sarah Brennan) with the project “Biofuel Production: The Effect of Trifolium Incarnatums Nitrogen Output on Chlorella Growth” in the Energy:  Sustainable Materials & Design category

Abby Gillis and Hannah Smith, Grades 11 and 12, Woodstock High School (teacher Audra Thomas) with the project “The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Low-Cholesterol C. elegans’ Lifespan” in the Biomedical & Health Sciences category

Loucie Hanchey and Pradhyumna Vasishta, Grade 9, Etowah High School (teacher John Murnan) with the project “Do the Shapes of Hydrogels Influence Their Antibacterial Properties Against Common Skin Bacteria?” in the Biomedical & Health Sciences category

Addy Lefevre, Grade 6, Dean Rusk Middle School (teacher Lisa Naliwajka) with the project “Growing Gummy Bears” in the Chemistry category

Emmaline McKinney, Grade 7, Creekland Middle School (teachers Shelley Anderson and Curtis Partridge) with the project “Plastic Grown Plants (Artificial Soils: Can Plants Survive in Them?)” in the Plant Sciences category

Anya Pretorius, Grade 10, Woodstock High School (teacher Audra Thomas) with the project: “The Answer to Antibiotic Resistance; Lysozymes or Bacteriophages?” in the Microbiology category

Manasa Shankar, Grade 10, Woodstock High School (teacher Sarah Brennan) with the project “The Effect of Coding to Combat Antibiotic Resistance: Gene Editing Kanamycin-Resistant Plasmids” in the Computational Biology & Bioinformatics category

Bennett Simpson and Archer Wood, Grade 8, Creekland Middle School (teachers Shelley Anderson and Curtis Partridge) with the project “Does Electricity Affect Plant Growth?” in the Plant Sciences category

Griffin Weaver, Grade 12, Woodstock High School (teacher Audra Thomas) with the project “Ramshorn Snails: A Solution for Freshwater Cyanobacteria Overgrowth” in the Earth & Environmental Sciences

Cobb EMC and Gas South sponsor CCSD’s participation in the event by sponsoring student registration fees.  The companies also will present special awards to students with accompanying gift cards, as does the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA).

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