Lexington-Richland School District Five had a stellar showing at the 48th annual South Carolina Department of Defense Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held January 31 at the University of South Carolina Columbia campus.
JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia. All students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private, or home schools are eligible to participate in their local regional symposium.
Kelsey Krusen was the Grand Champion at the competition with her research project: Shakey Wakey: A Portable Innovation to Wake the Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Elderly, and Children. The Shakey Wakey is a portable device that recognizes smoke alarm frequencies, notifies 911, and vibrates to alert the user of a fire via a smartwatch, smart bracelet, and/or pillow. She is the first student from the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) to win the competition. Krusen is in the Biomedical Science program at The Center.
“Winning this award is a huge accomplishment and I am very proud to be representing the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in such a prestigious way,” Krusen said. “Being chosen as the winner of the South Carolina Department of Defense’s Junior Science and Humanities Symposium has shown me that I am not the only person who cares about the safety of the children, elderly, deaf, and hearing impaired. The judges must have also seen the value of my product. I am looking forward to presenting at Nationals where I can network with other great minds and hopefully receive feedback that will help me improve my design.”
Five of the six finalists were chosen to attend and compete at the 58th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium April 15-18 in Norfolk, Virginia.
“We are extremely proud of and excited for Kelsey!” said Dr. Al Gates, Center for Advanced Technical Studies director. “Being recognized as the Grand Champion at the SC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium provides Kelsey the opportunity to present her research to a national audience later this spring. Kelsey is a K-12 student of School District Five and her achievements are a testament to the outstanding opportunities available to students in the district.”
Based on their research papers, the following students were selected as semifinalists:
· Lauren Chen (Dutch Fork High STEM Magnet): Two Problems on Cantor Set Arithmetic
· Kelsey Krusen (Spring Hill High/The Center Biomedical Science program): Shakey Wakey: A Portable Innovation to Wake the Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Elderly, and Children
· Emily Melton (Spring Hill High/The Center Biomedical Science program): Shining the Light on the Issue of Harmful Microorganisms and Evaluating the Effectiveness of UV-C Light
· Eden Turek (Dutch Fork High/The Center Biomedical Science program): Analyzing the Impact of Alternative Forms of Menstrual Health Management
Based on their research papers, the following students placed in their assigned rooms:
· Jake Harrison (Spring Hill High/The Center Clean Energy program): 1st place in room 315, Plastic Eating Mushrooms
· Cailyn Lomoriello (Spring Hill High/The Center Clean Energy program): 1st place in room 203, Optimization of Polystyrene Degradation by Tenebrio molitor
· Allie Anderson (Chapin High/The Center Biomedical Science program): 2nd place in room 348, Improving an Oral Sensory Device
Photo: Kelsey Krusen Receiving her award