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COLORADO STUDENTS TAKE HOME AWARDS AT THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

Colorado students from around the state were among the awards winners at the 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pittsburgh, PA May 13 - 18, 2012. Below is a listing of the award winners and their hometowns.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9-12. Visit the Society for Science & the Public web site http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/ for more information.

Colorado Finalist Delegation to Intel ISEF

Nikki Buhrdorf & Vikash Hypio, grade 12, from Hotchkiss, CO with the project Mytilus edulis Protein Strength: Mussels Have Muscles. Nikki & Vikash took 1st Place in Animal Sciences at CSEF.

Teisha Coffeild, grade 9, from Otis, CO with the project Chemotaxis in Physarum polycephalum: A Model for the Effects of Cancer Progression.

Devon Enke, grade 10, from La Veta, CO with the project Mycoremediation: Using Pleurotus ostreatus mycelium to Remove Petroleum Hydrocarbons from Freshwater and Saltwater Environments.

Wyatt Goodin, grade 11, from Boulder, CO with the project Examination of Power Grid Cascading Failure Through Simulation. Wyatt took 2nd Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Maislinn Helfer, grade 9, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project "Lights Out": The Use of Vibrio fischeri to Determine Water Quality. Maislinn took 2nd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.

Wesley Hileman, grade 11, & Matthew Hileman, grade 9, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project Ion Propulsion: Electrostatic Thruster Design and Optimization for Space Applications. Wesley & Matthew took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF.

Braedon Horton, Brydie Mitchell & Elizabeth Wood, grade 12, from Hotchkiss, CO with the project The Rubik's Cube of Political Gridlock: Resistance to Change in the American Tax System. Braedon, Brydie & Elizabeth took 3rd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at CSEF.

Easton LaChappelle, grade 10, from Mancos, CO with the project Fine Motor Skills Using EEG Technology and Biomechanical Prosthesis. Easton took 1st Place in Engineering and was the 3rd Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.

Nicolette Laird, grade 12, from Louisville, CO with the project The Role of the MIR-106B miRNAs in Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes in Differential Subtypes. Nicolette received an Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health at CSEF.

Nakayla Lestina, grade 12, from Dove Creek, CO with the project Biological Control of Diffuse Knapweed: Analyzing Two Natural Insect Enemies. Nakayla took 2nd Place in Animal Sciences at CSEF.

Kelli Lynch, grade 12, from Fort Collins, CO with the project Irradiation Extermination, Part Three: A Portable System to Eliminate Waterborne Microorganisms. Kelli took 1st Place in Microbiology at CSEF.

Sydney Matteson, grade 9, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project How Well Is your Well? The Effects of Hydrofracking Fluids on a Eukarayotic Species. Sydney took 3rd Place in earth & Space Sciences at CSEF.

Jacob Nichols, grade 10, from Brush, CO with the project An Investigation of the Washboard Road Phenomenon. Jacob took 2nd Place in Physics at CSEF.

Johanna Phillips, grade 12, from Monte Vista, CO with the project Water In, Water Out: Using a Water Balance Model to Estimate Net Consumptive Availability. Johanna took 1st Place in Earth & Space Sciences at CSEF

Tayler Rocha, grade 10, from Monte Vista, CO with the project Macroinvertebrate and Nutrient Response to Stream Water Quality After a Wildfire in Medano Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park Reserve.

Kayla Sherman, grade 12, from Sterling, CO with the project The Effects of Ganoderma lucidum and Spirulina platensis on the Proliferation of Rat Adrenal Pheochromocytoma Cells.

Sara Volz, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project Optimizing Algae Biofuels: Artificial Selection and Nitrogen Stress as Methods to Induce Lipid Synthesis. Sara took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation and was the 1st Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.

Boyu Wang, Yichen Liu & Stephen Liu, grade 12, from Lakewood, CO with the project Self-Sustained Desalination in Combination with Wastewater Treatment: Hybrid Microbial Destination System, Phase II. Boyu, Yichen & Stephen received an Honorable Mention in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.

Lawrence Zhang, grade 10, from Boulder, CO with the project miRNA 205: Suppressing Inpp4b and Wnt5a Expression. Lawrence took 1st Place in Medicine & Health and was the 2nd Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.

Grand (Place) Award Winners

Sara Volz from Cheyenne Mountain High School won $3,000 (1st Place) in the Energy & Transportation category. This is the second consecutive year Sara has won 1st Place in her category at the Intel ISEF.

Easton LaChappelle from Mancos High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Electrical & Mechanical Engineering category.

Kelli Lynch from Rocky Mountain High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Microbiology category.

Tayler Rocha from Monte Vista High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Environmental Sciences category.

Special & Government Award Winners

Devon Enke from La Veta Jr/Sr High School won $500 (2nd Place) from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Easton LaChappelle received an Honorable Mention certificate from the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Kelli Lynch won $750 (4th Place) from the American Society for Microbiology.

Johanna Phillips from Monte Vista High School received an Honorable Mention certificate from the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Tayler Rocha won $600 (1st Place) from the Society for Freshwater Science.

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