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West Contra Costa Science Fair award winners

By Chris Treadway
Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 1:12 pm in El Cerrito, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Schools.

The 55th annual West Contra Costa Science Fair awards ceremony was held Feb. 9 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.
Of the 186 entrants, 65 middle school and 16 high school students won a total of 88 awards.
The eight West Contra Costa Unified schools participating in the fair were Juan Crespi, Lavonya Dejean, Helms, and Portola Middle Schools, Elizabeth Stewart and Mira Vista K-8 Schools, as well as El Cerrito and Pinole Valley High Schools. There were about 50 judges participating from the Alameda County CA Superior Court, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Chevron Corporation, Chevron Oronite, Cisco, Contra Costa College, CSU Northridge, Northwestern University, Synopsys Outreach Foundation, UC Berkeley, UC Extension, USDA Western Regional Research Center, and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The judges evaluated the projects in the categories of Behavioral, Biological, and Physical Sciences for seventh through twelfth grades.

Name, Project Title, Category, Grade, Sponsoring Teacher, School, Award

Sari Christine Rickansrud Light Through Salty Waters Physical Science 12 Mr. Fabini El Cerrito High School 2
Eleanor Bales Snowmelt timing & duration in the Eastern Sierra Nevada based on 10 years of MODIS fractional snow-covered area data Physical Science 12 Mr. Fabini El Cerrito High School 2
Cooper Frye Making the Grade Mathematics and Computers 11 Mr. Wolf-Root El Cerrito High School 2
Gloria Waxman Chilling vs. Room Temperature Biology 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 1 Bio-Rad Award
Katrina Ireland Convection Defection Physical Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 1 Bill Tobin Award
Alec Thilmony Yeast Grows the Most in Sugar Water Biology 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 2
Cailyn Sakurai Science Project Soda Taste Testing Behavioral Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 2
Helen Gilbert-Snyder Horse Heart Rates Biology 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Marcus Lee Athletes vs. Non-Athletes Biology 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Jeffrey Tran Breaking Point Physical Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Hannah Parks Structures and Earthquakes Physical Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Tamika Whitenack Leaving Your Mark? Physical Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Robin Mitchell Balloon Deflation Physical Science 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 3
Cassandra McHugh It’s all about you, honey! Biology 7 Mr. Kunz Portola Middle School 4
Erich Fenczik Warnock Pour Me a Cold One Physical Science 7 Mr. Pohl Portola Middle School 2
Allen Romen Jinon Are You Left Out or Right On? Behavioral Science 7 Mr. Pohl Portola Middle School 3
Nora Gest How does yeast react when exposed to extreme temperatures? Biology 7 Mr. Pohl Portola Middle School 4
Harry Brown Which glue corrodes plastic? Physical Science 7 Mr. Pohl Portola Middle School 4
Rafe Autie Size Matters Physical Science 7 Mr. Pohl Portola Middle School 4
Allyson Ko Chromatography: Is it the same on colored paper? Biology 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 2
Kevin Page Light or Dark? Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 2
Alexa Rojas-Carroll Grow! Biology 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 3
Jessica Mast The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Time Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 3
Tim Smith Learn not to Burn Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 3
Shota Lobberegt Can you drop an egg from 10′ without cracking it? Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 3
Stefan Moskowitz Where did all the stars go? Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 4
Andrew Snider Surface Tension Physical Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 4
Trevor Aguiar Music Maze Behavioral Science 8 Ms. Booker Portola Middle School 4
Gabrielle Meacham Can people tell how old a person is just by looking at a picture of his or her eye? Behavioral Science 8 unknown Portola Middle School 2
Nicholas Adion Protein-Eating Pineapple Biology 7 unknown Portola Middle School 4
Nancy Nguyen Dice Probabilities Mathematics and Computers 7 Ms. Sims-Agbabiaka Juan Crespi Middle School 2
Elijah Hoffman What common household items have the most bacteria and mold? Biology 7 Ms. Sims-Agbabiaka Juan Crespi Middle School 2 Bio-Rad Award
Joseph Quintana Will the strawberry plant flourish better inside or outside? Biology 7 Ms. Sims-Agbabiaka Juan Crespi Middle School 3
William Atkins Are Produce Bags a Scam Biology 7 Ms. Sims-Agbabiaka Juan Crespi Middle School 4
Andrew Nguyen Effectiveness of Garlic Fighting Bacteria Biology 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 1 Hal Magarian Award
Grace Stott Which orange juice contains the most vitamin C? Biology 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 2
Eli Johnstone Design Flaws Cup of Noodles Physical Science 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 2
Dylan Rotich Parachute Velocity Physical Science 7 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 2 Bio-Rad Award
Sierra Schmidt The effects of electricity on plant growth Biology 7 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 3
Emily Wong Can you see what I see? — Depth Perception Biology 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 4
Kalyn Williams Wind Power Energy Physical Science 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 4
Cynthia Ochoa Does the movement of the body affect the speed of a pitch? Physical Science 8 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 4
Gabriel A. Sandoval Building an Electromagnet Physical Science 7 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 4
Ryan Al A. Belan Voltage present in liquids Physical Science 7 Mr. Wilson Elizabeth Stewart School 4
Carolyn Nguyen Hair Impaired Biology 12 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 2
Andrew Almacen The relationship between body temperature and reflexes to the time of day Biology 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 2
Preston Chun Water Cushion Physical Science 10 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 2
Mark Ohlmann Can you tell if someone is lying? Behavioral Science 10 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 2
Samantha Sze Blowing in the Windmill Physical Science 9 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 2 Bio-Rad Award
Xavier Joseph Lugue The effect of music on plant growth Biology 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Du Nguyen The effect of microwaved water on plant growth Physical Science 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Angela Lee Will different lipid environments affect the amount of rust on a penny or nail? Physical Science 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Anh Tran Aerodynamic Rubberband Physical Science 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Justin Saelee Magnetic Electric Generator Physical Science 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Jose R. Castro “You Mad?” Behavioral Science 11 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Cody Li Which is Hotter? Water or Steam? Physical Science 10 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 3
Marc Phillip A. Mart Technology Crisis Behavioral Science 12 Ms. Olano Pinole Valley High School 4
Brian Nguyen Hot & Cold Magnets Physical Science 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 2
Joylen Stewart Opinions determined by the color of a drink Behavioral Science 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 2
Arjean Hayes Wood You Believe It Physical Science 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 3
Sharon Galicia A Growth Race Biology 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 4
Leyla Saechao Head Musician Biology 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 4
Kenneth Huang Got Wood? Physical Science 8 Mr. Iwawaki LaVonya Dejean Middle School 4
Sina Al-krizy The Effect of Temperature on Ability of an Enzyme Biology 8 Mr. Quintero LaVonya Dejean Middle School 3
Karen Elizabeth Tobar Do plants grow faster with apple juice or water? Biology 7 Ms. Tai LaVonya DeJean Middle School 4
Diana Fajardo The relationship between video games and no video games Behavioral Science 7 Ms. Tai LaVonya DeJean Middle School 4
Alejandro Tobar The relationship between distance and size of wing Physical Science 7 Ms. Vanier LaVonya DeJean Middle School 3
Jessica Enriquez Who’s the Killer? Biology 7 Ms. Vanier LaVonya DeJean Middle School 4
Yeneli Martinez Permanent vs. Regular Marker Physical Science 7 Ms. Vanier LaVonya DeJean Middle School 4
Giovanni Jauregui How much longer until it pops? Physical Science 8 unknown LaVonya Dejean Middle School 4
Sammar Iqbal In the Blink of an Eye Behavioral Science 7 Mr. Reich Mira Vista School 2
Keara Bailey How good cheese goes bad! Biology 7 Mr. Reich Mira Vista School 4
Klaire A. Soungpanya Magnetization and Plant Growth Biology 7 Mr. Reich Mira Vista School 4
Leila Jadoon Does room temperature affect the burning rate of a candle? Physical Science 7 Mr. Reich Mira Vista School 4
Darryl Spearman Dimmer Switch: How to make a dimmer switch Physical Science 7 Mr. Reich Mira Vista School 4
Cindy Khantushig Consumption of Calories Biology 7 Mr. Riech Mira Vista School 4
Daniela Olano G. Fabric for a Rainy Day Physical Science 8 Mrs. van der Meer Mira Vista School 3
Gerard Labriola Hydropower and Energy Physical Science 8 Ms. van der Meer Mira Vista School 1 Bio-Rad Award
Garrett Yakushiji Marshmallow Catapult Physical Science 8 Ms. van der Meer Mira Vista School 3
Carlos Andrade Liquid plus Wire Equals Energy Physical Science 8 Ms. van der Meer Mira Vista School 4
Mikaela Parafina Do adults or children remember things better? Biology 7 Ms. Larson Helms Middle School 4

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  • Tracy Ann Jones

    Helms Alum 1977! Great ;ob to all! Keep it Moving Forward and upward. God Bless all involved!

  • Chris Treadway

    Welcome Tracy Ann!