This year’s Science Fair winners.

PRESS RELEASE
FROM: Calumet Regional Science Fair and Associated Art Exhibit
DATE: 14 March 2010

YOUNG SCIENTISTS COMPETE AT CALUMET REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR

[IUN, Gary, IN] The 54th Calumet Regional Science Fair and Associated Art Exhibit was held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Indiana University Northwest (3400 Broadway) Gary, Indiana. The Fair took place in the Savannah Center.

A total of 151 student scientists participated in the Fair. They represent twenty-two schools in Lake County, Indiana. The Fair is divided into three divisions or grade levels that are Elementary (EL), Junior (JR), and Senior (SR). Each division is then subdivided into eighteen categories, which are Animal Science (AS), Social and Behavior Science (BE), Biochemistry (BI), Chemistry (CH), Cellular Biology (CB), Computer Science (CS), Electrical Engineering (EE), Earth and Space Science (EA), Environmental Analysis (EV), Environmental Management (EM), Energy and Transportation (ET), Bio-Engineering (EN), Math (MA), Medicine and Health Science (ME), Microbiology (MI), Physics and Astronomy (PH), Team (TM), and Plant Science (PS).

The two top achievers in the Senior Division, and their sponsors, receive a trip to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. This year the International Science Fair will be held in San Jose, CA in May. The next three scientists receive a trip to the Indiana State Science Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the state science fair the participants compete for a trip to the International Science Fair as well as other awards.

The top four achievers in the Junior Division receive a trip to compete at the Indiana State Science Fair in Indianapolis. There is no junior division at the International Fair so the State Fair is their final competition.

The top achiever in the Elementary Division receive a trip to compete at the Indiana State Science Fair in Indianapolis. There is no Elementary division at the International Fair so the State Fair is their final competition.

Neil Kondamuri, (Munster High School, Munster, Indiana), earned top honors in the Senior Division. His project is titled “Relay Landscape Learning: A New Mode of Learning in Honeybees, Apis mellifera.” More simply explained by Neil is that his project explores how honeybees explore their new environment when they are released far from their hive to try to find their way back to the hive.

Nathan Kondamuri (Munster High School, Munster, Indiana), earned the second place in the Senior Division. His project is titled “A Novel Property Describing the Relationship Between Triangles and their Internal Hexagons” Nathan used a computer to determine some previously unknown geometric relationships.

Tanisha Howard, (West Side High School, Gary, Indiana – Andrea Charles, sponsor) earned the third place in the Senior Division. Tanisha’s project is titled “The Effects of Varied Calcium and pH Levels on the Aggregation, Fibrilization and Growth of the A; Protein?”. In layman’s terms Tanisha is working with to find one of the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

The fourth, and fifth places both attend Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana. Both of these young scientists have Yolanda Hall as a sponsor. The young scientists are Andreeca Campbell, and Jasmine Warmack and their projects are titled “Garlic Fighting Bacteria” and “Can you tell the difference between Medicine and Candy?”

In the Junior Division first place was awarded to Kaylyn Risse (Hal E Clark Middle School, St. John, Indiana – Julie Moore, sponsor) and second place was awarded to partners Collin Keylor and Ryan Bereda (Kahler Middle School, Dyer, Indiana – Kelly Gravely, Sponsor.) Third place went to Emily Mace and fourth place went to Alyssa Ortiz, both from St. John Evangelist School, St. John, Indiana – Margaret McKenna, Sponsor

In the Elementary Division first place was awarded to Justin MacNeill (Hal E Clark Middle School, St. John, Indiana – Julie Moore, Sponsor)

According to fair officials the participation number of young scientists is down a little from last year’s fair. The attendance by the public was increased. The judges commented on the quality of the projects and the depth of the research. Science fairs are a great way to assist in reaching ISTEP goals in science. Next year’s Calumet Regional Science Fair and Associated Art Exhibit is scheduled for March 10, 11, & 12, 2011 at Indiana University Northwest.

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NOTE: What follows is a listing of awards presented at the Calumet Regional Fair.
LAST NAME FIRSTNAME Division CATEGORY GRADE Medal Additional Recognition
Allen J Warren Elem School
Breidenbaugh Taylor EL ME 5 Gold IU Kid’s College: IUN 2nd Place Elementary Division
Walker Molly EL PS 5 Silver
Aquinas Catholic Comm School
Bonick Morgan JR EE 8 Bronze IU Kid’s College:
Banneker Achievement Center
Howard Taylor JR BI Gold
Moore Melanie JR AS 6 Bronze IU Kid’s College:
Jones Derrick JR BE 6 Bronze IU Kid’s College:
Steele Indya JR BE 6 Bronze American Psychological Association Honorable Mention, : IUN Kid’s College:
Douglas Jennifer JR CH 8 Gold Dustman Award:
Elkins Janae JR CH 8 Bronze
Dukes Shawn JR EA 8 Bronze Dustman Award:
Upshaw Khalil JR EN 8 Silver
Walker Xavier JR EN 6 Silver IU Kid’s College:
Davis Jada JR ET 8 US Metric Award Jr:
Colquitt Jade JR ET 8 Bronze
Allen Jasmin JR EV 6 Bronze
Johnson NaTaija JR PS 6 Silver IUN Kid’s College:
Bocot Leshawn EL EE 5 Bronze IU Kid’s College: Dustman Award:
McGuire Davinya EL TM 5 Gold IUN Kid’s College:
Phillips Deziree EL TM 5 Gold
Howard Payton EL TM 5 Bronze
Pettigrew Bianca EL TM 5 Bronze
Benjamin Franklin Elem School
Guadarrama Brianda JR CH 6 Bronze
Del Real Jessica EL BE 5 Gold American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
Brown Kayla EL EE 5 Gold
Hal E Clark Middle School
Goldman Clayton JR CH 6 Silver
Ring Andrew JR CS 7 Bronze
Owczarzak Chase JR EE 7 Gold US Metric-Jr:
Risse Kaylyn JR PS 8 Gold Purdue Agriculture Award Jr.: Navy Certificate: Air Force Certificate: IUN 1st Place Jr. Division: Hoosier State Fair:
Souronis Hannah EL BE 5 Silver
Danner Parker EL BI 5 Gold US Metric-El: IUN 3rd Place Elementary Division tie:
Freckelton Kylee EL BI 5 Silver
Scanlon Ashley EL BI 5 Silver
Holman Kyle EL CH 5 Gold
MacNeill Justin EL CH 5 Gold IUN 1st Place Elementary Division: Hoosier State Fair Recipient:
Wallace Camryn EL MA 5 Bronze
Carlson Courtney EL PS 4 Gold Purdue Agriculture Award EL:
Kahler Middle School
Foster Stephanie JR BE 6 Gold American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
Plaskett Kristina JR BE 6 Gold American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
McCuaig Samantha JR BE 6 Gold American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
Good Nicholas JR CH 6 Silver
Freeman Katie JR CH 6 Silver
Keylor Collin JR TM 6 Gold US Metric Award Jr: IUN 2nd Place Junior Division: Hoosier State Science Fair:
Bereda Ryan JR TM 6 Gold US Metric Award Jr: IUN 2nd Place Junior Division: Hoosier State Science Fair:
Jackson Nathan EL ET 5 Gold Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2nd place: US Metric-El:
Kindt Olivia EL ME 5 Silver
Lake Central High School
Shanahan Trisha SR BE 11 Gold American Psychological Association:
Aggarwal Sachin SR ET 9 Silver National Society for Professional Engineers: Ricoh Award: ASM Material Science Award:
Lew Wallace High School
Campbell Andreeca SR BI 12 Gold Army 4: Air Force Award: IUN 4th Place Sr. Division: Hoosier State Fair:
Smith LaShante SR BI 11 Silver
Gill Jamall SR CH 12 US Metric Award Sr:
Williams Jaquana SR CH 11 Bronze Yale Science & Engineering Award:
Warmack Jasmine SR ME 12 Gold Army 7: U.S. Public Health: IUN 5th Place Sr. Division: Hoosier State Fair:
Hoskins RoJe’e SR PS 10 Bronze
Bills Shalanda SR TM 12 Bronze
May Ciara SR TM Bronze
Longfellow Elementary School
Hardin Maggie EL CH 4 IUN Kid’s College:
Robinson Kassie EL TM 5 Silver
Tribble Crisalyn EL TM 5 Silver
Michael Grimmer Middle School
Aggarwal Sarthak JR EM 6 Silver American Meteorological Society Award: ISWEEP Honorable Mention: Air Force Certificate:
McCormack Teagan EL EE 5 Gold
Munster High School
Kondamuri Neil SR AS 12 Gold Purdue Agriculture Award Sr.: US Navy 1st Place: Air Force Award: IUN 1st Place Sr. Division: Hoosier State Fair: ISEF
Kondamuri Nathan SR MA 9 Gold Army 2: Intell Excellence in Computer Science Award: Mu Alpha Theta Award: Air Force Award: IUN 2nd Place Sr. Division: Hoosier State Fair: ISEF
Newlin-Home School
Jones Chamira EL PS 2 Bronze Dustman Award:
Peifer Elementary School
Wisniewski Lauren EL BE 4 Gold American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
Coons Carly EL CH 4 Bronze
Protsman
Hoffman Colby EL EN 5 Gold IU Kid’s College: IUN 3rd Place Elementary Division tie:
Saint John The Evangelist School
Molitsky Jeffrey JR EM 7 Silver Army Jr. Certificate:
McCrea Zach JR ET 8 Silver Dustman Award:
Horwath Paige JR ET 7 Army Jr. Certificate:
Komorowski Cassidy JR ET 7 Army Jr. Certificate:
Mace Emily JR ET 8 Gold Stockholm Junior Water Prize 1st place: ISWEEP: Dustman Award: Army Jr. Certificate: IUN 3rd Place Jr. Division: Hoosier State Fair
Ortiz Alyssa JR EV 8 Gold Dustman Award: Navy Certificate: Army Jr. Certificate: Hoosier State Fair: IUN 4th Place Jr. Division:
Lewis Rachel JR EV 8 Silver Navy Certificate: Army Jr. Certificate:
Saint Thomas More School
O’Brien Megan JR BI 8 Gold
Williams Matt JR CH Army Jr. Certificate:
Topor Joey JR ME 6 Silver
Ginalski Luke JR ME 6 Gold American Meteorological Society Award: US Metric-Jr:
Trivunovic Emma JR ME 6 Gold
Carroll Brenna JR PH Silver
Pradhan Isabella JR PS 6 Bronze
Stodulski Gabriela EL BE 5 Silver American Psychological Association Honorable Mention:
Benson Joshua EL BI 5 Bronze
Anglin Nathaniel EL EN 5 Silver IU Kid’s College:
Raycroft Alexandra EL EV 5 Bronze Dustman Award:
Mossburg Brianna EL ME 5 Bronze
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Smith Shantell SR PH Army: Geoscience Excellence:
Thomas Jefferson Elem School
Howell Jessica EL AS 5 Gold
Bonnell Katyln EL MA 5 Silver
West Side High School
Howard Tanisha SR CB 10 Gold Army 1: US Navy 2nd Place: Air Force Award: IUN 3rd Place Sr. Division: Hoosier State Fair:
Nelson Luxury SR CB 9 Army:
Williams Christopher SR EV 9 Bronze NOAA’s Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award:
Carlisle Ryan SR MI 9 Bronze Army
Griffin Dominique SR PS 9 Army
Lee Gabrielle SR PS 9 Gold Army 5
Tomlin LaMingo SR PS 11 Bronze Army 3
McFadden Taylor SR PS 9 Army
Fentress Morrscherice SR PS 9 Silver Army
Home School
Harsh Cade EL EV 3 Gold Dustman Award: US Metric-El:

Daniels awards $10,000 to Indiana’s Top Young Scientist, Munster High School senior
INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2010) – Governor Mitch Daniels renewed his push to raise the level of recognition of academic achievement in the state to that of athletic achievement by presenting Indiana’s 2010 Top Young Scientist with a $10,000 cash award, one of the largest such awards given by any governor. The award came on the 100th anniversary of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Boys Basketball State Championships.
“I spent the rest of my day watching high school basketball, but what we are recognizing here is much more important for Indiana’s future,” said Daniels. “Neil Kondamuri is a true superstar.”
The award was presented to Neil Kondamuri of Munster High School at the 22nd Annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair held at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Kondamuri received a trophy and check in recognition of outstanding scientific accomplishment by the highest placing senior among the state’s top science and engineering competitors. The award was co-sponsored by AIT Laboratories, Dow AgroSciences, LLC and entrepreneur Bob Compton.
Daniels established the award in 2009 as a part of his continued commitment to improve Indiana education and to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. More than 17,000 students in grades 1-12 participated in a local science fair this academic year. Of those, more than 3,500 students participated in regional science fairs with the top 100 students in grades 9-12 earning a chance to compete at the state science and engineering fair hosted by the Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI). The event is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly and Company, Cook Medical, IUPUI, SEFI and AIT Laboratories.
All projects are judged by a panel of Indiana scientists on the basis of creative ability, scientific thought, engineering goals, skill and clarity.
Kondamuri’s project was titled Relay Landscape Learning: A New Mode of Learning in Honeybees. He finished first among the high school seniors in the competition and will participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, California in May. Kondamuri is the son of Padma and Shaun Kondamuri, of Munster. Kondamuri has not finalized his college plans but has been accepted to both Indiana University and the University of Southern California and plans to study biology. He is also involved in debate, the business club DECCA, We the People, and the Youth As Resources Crisis Center in Gary.
“With the presentation of this award, Governor Daniels has shown that Indiana is a strong supporter of students who have chosen a course of study in one of the STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Robert Yost, Director of the 2010, Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair. “Student participation in science fairs is an excellent way to explore through inquiry-based learning. Indiana’s support and expansion of STEM education is vital to the future of our state.”
This is the second year for the Top Young Scientist Award. In 2007, Daniels created the Hoosier High School Math and Science Awards to recognize the state’s top high school talent in math and science based on such information as SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement scores, awards and prizes as well as grades received in math and science courses. The 2010 winners will be announced in May.
A photo of Governor Daniels and Kondamuri may be found here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/032710_ScienceFair.JPG
Audio of the governor’s remarks during the presentation may be found here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Audio/032710_Science_Fair.mp3

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Munster High School student named top young scientist
Neil Kondamuri earns $10K at state science fair

By Times Staff | Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010 12:05 am | No Comments Posted

Neil Kondamuri, a Munster High School student, was named Indiana’s Top Young Scientist on Saturday at the 22nd annual Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair in Indianapolis. He was awarded $10,000 for his project, “Relay Landscape Learning: A New Mode of Learning in Honeybees.”
While some region high school basketball teams were displaying their athleticism in Indianapolis on Saturday, a Munster High School student was honored there for academic achievement.
Neil Kondamuri was named Indiana’s Top Young Scientist at the 22nd annual Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
“It felt … like all my hard work over the past year and summer culminated into something great,” the 17-year-old said.
In addition to the honor, Kondamuri received a $10,000 award for his project, “Relay Landscape Learning: A New Mode of Learning in Honeybees,” a news release stated.
He was among 100 Indiana high school students who had an opportunity to compete in the fair. Scientists from around the state judged the projects.
Gov. Mitch Daniels compared the science and engineering fair to the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s boys basketball state championship games Saturday.
“I spent the rest of my day watching high school basketball, but what we are recognizing here is much more important for Indiana’s future,” Daniels said in the news release, “Neil Kondamuri is a true superstar.”
Kondamuri will participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., in May.
He has been accepted to Indiana University and the University of Southern California, but he hasn’t decided where he will attend college. He plans to study biology.
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