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At a time when so much hangs on the promise of science, these Hillcrest High students give us cause for hope.

Five Hillcrest students claimed podium finishes in the 2020 University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair, an event that was scaled back to include only the Senior Division due to mounting concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. Faced with a directive to avoid mass gatherings and practice social distancing, event organizers postponed the Elementary and Junior divisions until May 18-20. SmallZhange

But that didn’t diminish the excitement for the Huskies who, in the head-to-head regional competition with their high school-aged peers, won several top prizes and sponsored awards. Additionally, Wentao Zhang qualified to be an Observer for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his project, “Building Air Quality Predictions With Machine Learning Techniques.”

Students from seven school districts and schools under the umbrella of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese competed at the event.  

Let’s hear it for these future inventors, seekers of cures, and fighters of disease.

2020 Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners
Warren Ellsworth, Hillcrest High, First Place, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Diana Alzen, Hillcrest High, Second Place, Chemistry
Wentao Zhang, Hillcrest High, Second Place, Earth & Environmental Science
Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, Fourth Place, Electrical & Computer Science Engineering
Matthew Simmons, Hillcrest High, Fourth Place, Materials & Biomedical Engineering
Calling all Isaac Newtons, Marie Curies and Charles Darwins. Canyons School District is holding its annual science fair in late January and early February, and is in need of adult volunteers to participate as judges.

As judges, science professionals will have the opportunity to memorably impact the lives of some very talented young people. Judges must register online, and are needed to help with the elementary division (5th and 6th grade) and the secondary division (7th – 12th grade).

Hundreds of entries are expected this year. Winners of their age groups will advance to the Regional Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, where students can win up to $80,000 in scholarships. A select number of students may also be eligible to compete in national and international competitions.

The judging will take place at Crescent View Middle, 11150 Green Ridge Dr, in Sandy. The schedule of events is found below.

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Elementary Division  (5th & 6th grade students)
January 31:  4-7 p.m.  – Set up and judging
February 1:   5-6 p.m. – Open House
February 1: 6-6:20 p.m. – Awards presentation

Secondary Division (7th – 12th grade Students)
February 3:  4-7 p.m. – Set up and judging
February 4: 5-6 p.m. – Open House
February 4: 6-6:20 p.m. – Awards presentation
Four Canyons District students claimed first-place prizes at the University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair, including Grand Champion Winner Alexander Cheng of Hillcrest High who now advances to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pennsylvania.

The Utah fair, sponsored by the U.’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education, draws hundreds of students from throughout Utah, most of whom had to win a District-level competition in order to qualify. Contestants competed for tens-of-thousands of dollars in college scholarships at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium. This year’s awards ceremony was held at Alta High.

A total of 30 CSD students placed at the state fair, including the four first-place winners. An additional 10 students won special sponsored awards. The winners are:

FIRST PLACE:
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Andrew Carlton, Alta High, “What is the Ideal Ratio of Magnetism and Weight on a Simple Electric Train?”
Earth & Environmental Sciences - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Intel ISEF Grand Champion Winners - Alexander Cheng, Hillcrest High, “Automatic Detection of Intravitreal Neovascularization in Retinal Flat Mount Images Using Deep Learning Methods”
Physics, Astronomy & Math - Catherine Ma, Peruvian Park Elementary, “On Which Surface Does Ice Melt the Fastest?”

SECOND PLACE:
Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Alexander Cheng, Hillcrest High, “Automatic Detection of Intravitreal Neovascularization in Retinal Flat Mount Images Using Deep Learning Methods.”
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Sarah Hunter, Albion Middle, “School Efficiency is Key.”
Chemistry - Isolde Flynn, Granite Elementary, “To Egg or not to Egg.”
Engineering: Mechanical - Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle, “A New Guard: Evaluating Drone Propeller Guards”

THIRD PLACE:
Chemistry - Parker McKay Alta High, “The Correlation Between Brand of Painkillers and Speed of Capsule Breakage”
Medicine & Health Sciences - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”

FOURTH PLACE:
Physics, Astronomy & Math - Emma Howard, Alta High, “Diamagnetism in Salt Water”
Engineering: Electrical & Computer Science - Wentao Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Evaluation of Encryption Algorithms”
Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Matthew Simmons, Midvale Middle, “Design of Quick Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis”
Engineering: Mechanical - Marianne Liu, Midvale Middle, “Bad Hair Day”

HONORABLE MENTION:
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Teagan Kay, Albion Middle, “Swim Caps - Do They Work?”
Biology & Biochemistry - Hayden Carter East Midvale Elementary, “Oh no! My Jello won't jiggle! Using science to fight pineapple power!”
Chemistry - Analena Jacob, Butler Middle, “Effects of Different Amounts of Lotion on Slime”
Chemistry - Nathan Liew, Sunrise Elementary, “Sun Prints”
Energy: Chemical & Physical - Kira Pittman & Lincoln Zacharias, Granite Elementary, “Friction (and how weight effects it)”
Engineering: Civil & Environmental - Johnathan Rowley, Canyon View Elementary, “Which Playground Surface Breaks the Most Bones”
Medicine & Health Sciences - William Rogers & Tobin Hansen, Brookwood Elementary, “Swimming vs. Soccer”

SPECIAL AWARDS:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle, “A New Guard : Evaluating Drone Propeller Guards”
American Meteorological Society - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
American Society of Civil Engineers - Honorable Mention, Eric Chen, Midvale Middle, “A Comparison of Material Effectiveness in Preventing Ice Formation on Roads”
ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
RecursionPharma Discovery Award - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”
Society of Women Engineers - Marianne Liu, Midvale Middle, “Bad Hair Day”
U.S. Navy - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Director's Award - Sai Parsawar, Hillcrest High, “MS of MS: An Innovative Investigation of the Quantitative and Qualitative CSF Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”
Genius Olympiad - Wensen Zhang, Hillcrest High, “Prediction of Hurricanes Using Neural Networks”
Two Hillcrest High students claimed top awards at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles.

Alexander Sun won 2nd place is his category, and a $1,500 prize, for a paper titled, "Compassion Fade and the Limitations of Student Subjects in Social Science Research," and Alexander Cheng won 3rd place in his category, and $1,000, for his project: "Analysis of Retinal Fundus Images to Detect Macular Degeneration Using Machine Learning Methods." 

Intel ISEF is the largest pre-collegiate science fair. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for about $4 million in prizes. They are winnowed from the millions of students worldwide who compete in regional and school-sponsored science fairs.


What if California were to secede from the United States? Is a Brexit-style “Calexit” even legal? And how might the state’s departure, and the loss of its 55 electoral votes, influence future presidential elections? It’s this last question that piqued the curiosity of Brighton High sophomore Jenna Rupper — and that impressed the judges of Canyons District’s 2017 Science and Engineering Fair.

Rupper is among 110 finalists chosen from a field of about 300 to represent CSD at the Salt Lake Regional and Engineering Fair in March where she’ll compete for tens-of-thousands of dollars in college scholarships. If judges there are equally impressed with her data modeling project exploring the political ramifications of a Calexit, she’ll join a select number of students to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Like most scientific inquiries, Rupper’s started with a question drawn from observation or experience — in her case, from current affairs. Her favorite school subjects have always been math and science, but over the past few years she’s been intrigued by politics, particularly the data-driven journalism and opinion poll analyses produced by the blogging platform, FiveThirtyEight. “An independent group in California has been talking about withdrawing from the Union, so I looked at past presidential elections dating back to 1992 to see how they might have gone if California wasn’t part of the U.S.”
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Because California has more electoral votes than any other state, and has historically supported Democratic candidates, Rupper hypothesized that it’s absence would tip the balance of votes in favor of Republican Presidents. Using historical U.S. Census data and the University of Michigan’s Electoral College calculator, she re-calculated election results with California out of the equation.

Her data modeling produced an average 3 percent shift in electoral votes — not enough to flip any of the Presidential races. “California’s secession could still influence Congressional races and the balance of power in Congress, and it could have economic consequences for the country,” Rupper said. “But concerns about a Presidential shift in power might be overstated.”

If Rupper had more time, she says she’d like to re-run the data to test what would happen if electoral votes were apportioned the same way as Congressional seats.

The Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 21-23, 2017 at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium. The awards ceremony will be held March 24 at Olympus High School 4055 S 2300 E, Holladay, UT 84124. Here is a full list of CSD’s 70 elementary division and 40 junior and senior division finalists:

Altara Elementary
Hailey Richards
Luciana Bizek
Nora Wetzel
Ruby Gardner

Brookwood Elementary
Eli Baker
Walker Malmstrom
Natalie Morrill

Canyon View Elementary
Erin Chan
Luke Barlow
Jack Baird
Talmage Howe

Crescent Elementary
Mackenzie McKay
Marcus Evans
Taylor Gould

Draper Elementary
Easton Adamson

Granite Elementary
Peyton Seamons
Halle Terry
William Bohmholdt

Oakdale Elementary
Mateo Paul

Park Lane Elementary
Chantel Moore
Riley Roof
Kambri Butcher
Carissa Culberson
Preston Cheney
Mitch Stepan
Spencer Moore
Charlie Wanek
Ty Spillett

Peruvian Park Elementary
Edward Loh
Fiona Zara
Gabriel Williams
Jacob Arens
Katrina Rogecheva
Liliya Barashyan

Quail Hollow Elementary
Eva Chamberlain
Priscilla Smingler

Silver Mesa Elementary
Keyan Olson

Sunrise Elementary
Carson Wood
Elena Parker
Jaden Andrew Aguilon
Logan Bridge
Maryam Bassaid
Nayantara Nair
Nicholas Perrine
Savannah Sierer
Sterling Perry
Zach Tokita 

Albion Middle School
Anegilla Keefer
Anna Mitchell
Cara Cheatham
Chaitrali Samant
Charlie Caten
Adam Liu
Charlie Simmons
Riley Gillespie
Eli Rehmer
Cameron Johns
Mason Young
Erica McDermott
Eryn Huntamer
Fatima Zaidi
Garett George
Dillon Barney
Jayden Olsen
Grace Wong
Ashley Hill
Jared Kimball
Katie Kelly
Ashlyn Thomson
Olivia Vandersteen
Lakshmi Adiga
Lilly Cheatham
Allie Jager
Lindsey Peterson
Madison Goerke
Annabella Franco
Emma Nieporte
Nathan Hunter
Paris Freebairn
Paul Glade
Raunya Barakat
Ski Dalgleish
Vincent Van Leeuwen
Wyatt Rawson
Bryson Petzinger
Cassidy Kenney
Chesney Chin
MaKenzi Thomson
Drew Stevens
Easton Ashworth
Ellie Whitmore
Emily Villanueva
Emmaline Young
Hanna Sasivarevic
Hassan Alabbas
Isabella Grim
Katelyn Simmons
Ashlie Sperry
Maloree West
Mercedes Cole
Naiya Chamberlain
Porter Bach
Andrew Hill
Raegan Rutherford
Reagan Manwaring
Sam Clayton
Sarah Hunter
Sienna Christensen
Zane Wong
Jaron Hansen
Stewart Sonntag

Midvale Middle
Andry Joseph
Danju Zoe Liu
Eric Chen
Joel Larrabee
Matthew Simmons
Luke Cox
Ryan Chen
Warren Ellsworth
Lucas Bolster
Selena Yu
Urah Goh
Abigail GIolas
Wentao Zhang
Eric Snaufer
Abigail Slama-Clatron
Marianne Liu

Brighton High
Jenna Rupper

Hillcrest High
Alan Zhao
Alex Sun
Alexander Cheng
Jaehyun Han
Sai Parsawar
Wensen Zhang
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