In a word, the 2018 Johnston High School Science Fair was impressive.
“We had a total of 214 projects,” said Greg Russo, a JHS teacher who coordinates the annual event, during last Thursday’s judging. “All honor students are required to enter a project, while other students may elect to participate in the Science Fair as well.”
Russo said that “along with basic requirements of a project, students must make a formal class presentation during which they are questioned by both their peers and teacher on procedure, data, acquisition and conclusions drawn from the experimentation. In addition, student must reflect on their project and identify the school-wide expectations that are met by their research.”
The veteran teacher, who was assisted by a host of JHS teachers, also noted, “Project work is then counted as 20 percent of the third quarter grade. We appreciate everyone’s attendance at our Science Fair and hope that people enjoy our students’ great works.”
After a host of judges made their way around the JHS cafeteria, where students set up their projects on table tops, a total of six projects were selected as first place winners and those students will move onto the Rhode Island State Science Fair that is scheduled for March 17-18 at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick.
Those first place winners and their respective project titles were: Benjamin Budway, Launch Angle; Brandon DeCesare, Environmental Friendly vs. Chemical Cleaners; Julianna Ferruccio, No Silver Lining; Nicholas Gallo, Coding a Game Using Unity; Taylor Medeiros, Effect of Caffeine and Alcohol on Daphnia Heartbeat; and Megan Philbrick, Urea’s Effort on Chlorine Levels.
Six students received second and third place ribbons while four students came in for honorable mention.
The second place winners were: Kayla Aquilante, Joel Aubin, Grace Centracchio, David DiIorio, Audry Mahoney and Victoria McKay. Third place went to: Jenna Aubin, Joshua Brien, Alex Cavanaugh, Alexis Romauld, Joseph Rotella and Madisyn Turcotte. Students were received honorable mention were: Philip Jessop, Kayleena Lariviere, Lauren Papa and Nicholas Petrillo.
Some students even teamed up and entered projects in a category entitled Forensics. One example, as Russo pointed out, was Kelsey Scott and Gianna Gollotto who did the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Hayley Deloge entered Jon Benet Ramsey as her project.
Russo also noted that there were seven projects about volcanoes, from Mount Saint Helens and beyond.
The complete list included Mt. St. Helens, Jacob Martins and Jhonny Valdez; Mount Fuji, Connor Capalbo, Isreal Morales and Edward Oreliano; Mauna Loa, Landen Vincent and Michel Pislowski; La Soufriere, Hannah Reedy, Unzen Japan, Darius DuBois and Dianna Izzo; El Chichon, Melanie Perez and Kalexa Roper.
Russo also reported that a total of 32 students entered projects under the Water category.