Brevard High Students Take Top Honors

At Western Regional Science & Enginnering Fair


Last updated 3/4/2020 at 3:52pm

Ivy Scott (left) and Josie Troyer (right) won first place in the Senior Earth and Environmental Science Division and the WCU Special Award in Environmental Science. They and other regional winners will advance to state competition.

Brevard High School students once again came away with the lion's share of awards at the Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair held on Feb. 13 and 14 in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University.

The Western Regional Science Fair is the largest STEM (Science, Techno-logy, Engineering and Mathematics) event held in Western North Carolina.

The following students from Brevard High, their projects, categories and awards are as follows:

Senior Biological Science A Division (Grades 9-12)

First Place: "An Evaluation of Utilizing Nitrifying Bacteria in Conjunction with Martian Resources," Graham Green and Isaiah Lefler, Brevard High School.

Second Place: "Antimicrobial Activity of Microorganisms Isolated from Western North Carolina Mushrooms," Nicole Vargas Sancho, Elise Porche and Jarek Stewart-Karolewics, Brevard High School.

Senior Biological

Science B Division (Grades 9-12)

First Place: "Evalua-tion of Light Dependency to Determine Basis of Culex quinquefasciatus," Jonathan Gibson and Fritz Ruppert, Brevard High School.

Senior Earth/ Environment A Division (Grades 9-12)

First Place: "Charac-terization of Pigments Extracted from Southern Appalachian Mushrooms as Sensitizer," Ivy Scott and Josie Troyer, Brevard High School. Scott and Troyer also received the Special Award in Environmental Science from WCU for their project.

Senior Engineering (Grades 9-12)

First Place: "The Effectiveness of a 3D Printed Hydrogel Mem-brane to Sustain Algal Growth," Ben Caroway, Frank Parsons and Satchel Malo, Brevard High School. Caraway, Parsons and Malo also won the Kimmel School Special Prize in Engineering and Technology and the NC AWWA-WEA Stockholm Junior Water Prize for the same project.

Senior Physics And

Mathematics Division

(Grades 9-12)

First Place: "Evaluat-ing the Efficiency of Using Martian Materials as Fuel to Reach Martina Orbit," Joshua Kupras and Robert Sanders, Brevard High School.

Senior Physics

And Mathematics

Special Awards

Special Award in Chemistry and Physics from WCU: "Evaluating the Efficiency of Using Martian Materials as Fuel to Reach Martina Orbit," Joshua Kupras and Robert Sanders, Brevard High School.

Senior Technology

Division (Grades 9-12)

Second Place: "Deve-loping Computational Models Using Deep Learning Software to Identify Individuals Within the Eastern Spotted Skunk Species," Kathryn Hart and Maria McKibbon, Brevard High School. Hart and McKibbon also won the Highlands Biological Station Biodiversity Award for this project.

Elementary Winner

High school students were not the only local winners. In the 3-5 grade divisions, Chelsea Borman of Pisgah Forest Elementary won the NC AWWA-WEA award with a project entitled "Can we clean up oil spills in a non-toxic way?"

Joshua Kupras (left) and Robert Sanders (right) won first place in the Senior Physics and Mathematics Division. The competition was held at Western Carolina University Feb. 13 and 14.


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