A number of students from Palm Beach Central High School performed well at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair held on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Maiah Ahrens earned first place in Earth and Environmental Science for “A Comparison of Catalyst and Bioremediation for Perchlorate Removal in Martian Regolith.” Sneha Joseph earned second place in Earth and Environmental Science for “The Effect of Basalt Rock Dust on the Environment, Water Use Efficiency, and Productivity of Soybean Plants (Glycine max).” William Adams earned second place in Engineering for “Investigating the Properties of a First Stage Centripetal Compressor to Improve Cavitation Characteristics of a Pumpjet.” Jennifer Han earned second place in Microbiology for “The Effect of Phycocyanin on the Bio-fabrication of Antibacterial Performance of Silver Nanoparticles.”
These four students will represent Palm Beach County at the State Science and Engineering Fair this year.
Other winners included: Cassady Peggs, third place in Chemistry; Charleigh Hoffman, third place in Plant Science; Alexa Karatzas, fourth place in Plant Science; Kendall Manning, third place in Behavioral Science; Emma Allison, fourth place in Biomedical Science; Kristina Saine, fourth place in Microbiology; and Nathan Chapman, third place Earth and Environmental Science.
Later, several special awards from local, state and national organizations were announced. Many come with cash awards.
PBCHS winners of these awards included: Jennifer Han, Regeneron Award and Wen Family Foundation Award; Kendall Manning, American Psychological Association Award; William Adams, Navy League Award; Nathan Chapman, American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Award; Sneha Joseph, Ricoh Sustainable Development Award; Sarah Miller, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration Award and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Award; Ijeoma Nwankwo, Alfred A. Pope Award; Cassady Peggs, Dr. M.J. Davis Award; and Alexa Karatzas, South Florida Water Management District Award and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Award.