Lexington-Richland School District Five has announced its science fair winners from the secondary level. The event was open to students from District Five intermediate, middle, and high schools and was held on February 25 at Dutch Fork High School.

There were three categories for intermediate and middle school students: Expeditionary Learning, Life Science, and Physical Science.

In the Expeditionary Learning category, Molly Westfall, Noelle White, and Neghemi Micah of Irmo Middle took first place for their project The Effects of Stratification on Milkweed Germination – Habitat Restoration for Monarchs. Ellie Green, Kendall Smith, Joy Duggar, and Abby Curran of Irmo Middle placed second for their project The Effects on Germination Rate of Cold Stratified Syriaca Seeds Versus Untreated Syriaca Seeds. Irmo Middle’s Celina Malave and Grace Richardson placed third for Let’s Talk Trash – Composting at IMS.

Paul Kupfer of Dutch Fork Middle won first place in the Life Science Category for his project Water Purification. Coming in second place was Paige Maylath of Chapin Middle for her project I Swim with That? Haylea Lane Miller and Elizabeth Bass finished in third place with Am I Seeing Double?

In the Physical Science category, Sullivan French of Dutch Fork Middle took first place with Blade Builders: Harnessing the Wind. Elise Hill of Dutch Fork Middle took home second place for her project Electrolytic Conductance and Sydney Carothers of Dutch Fork Middle finished third with Stealth Planes.

For high school students, there were three categories as well: General Science – Earth/Environmental, Life Science, and Physical Science; Human/Behavioral; and Math/Engineering. In the General Science category, Katie Dzoba and Emily Richardson of the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) took first place with Bandage to Decrease Coagulation Time. Hayden Spencer of The Center took home second place for his project Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect by Utilizing Cool Roofing and Nina Daneshvar of Dutch Fork High finished third with The Effects of Tension and Curvature on Protein Anchor Enrichment of the Cell Membrane. Zachary Kochert of The Center received an honorable mention for his project Generating Methane from a Microbial Fuel.

Karsen Ward of Chapin High won first place in the Human/Behavioral category with The Effect of Educating Elementary School Students About Wildlife Behavior on the Local Awareness of Appropriate Human Intervention. Jack Hume of Chapin High placed second with Body Dysmorphia – a 21st Century Affliction? Dutch Fork High’s Sanatana Reddy took home third place with The Development of a Computational Neural Network-Style Algorithm Designed to Predict the Performance of Single-Family House Mortgage Loans. Courtney Lubaczewski of Dutch Fork High received an honorable mention with The Effects of Resistance Training on the Athleticism of Dancers and Sydney Bertram of The Center received an honorable mention with Parental Basis for HPV Vaccine Refusal.

In the Math/Engineering category, Brogan Brown of The Center won first place with Breast Cancer Radiation Bra. Max Land of Dutch Fork High placed second with Upper Bound on the Burning Number of Graphs and Valerie Smith of Chapin High placed third for Non-Slip Rock Stop. There were two honorable mentions, Hannah Shaffer of The Center for Multi-function Grabbing Device for the Wheelchair-Confined and Lee Sightler of The Center with Real vs. Advertised Capacity and Capacity Fade of Lithium Ion 18650 Batteries.

District Five Coordinator of Science, Health, and Physical Education Beth Boland was impressed by the students’ projects.

“This year’s Secondary Science Fair was a banner year for District Five.” said Boland. “We had more student participation than in any previous year. We are looking forward to watching our students advance to regional competitions, and fully expect success at these events.”