Science Fair winners heading to statewide competition

The top ten projects will be in the statewide competition April 23 - 24.


MENDOCINO Co., 4/6/18 — The Mendocino County Science Fair took place March 10, and now the ten winners are preparing to compete in the statewide competition in Los Angeles on April 23 – 24. There, they will join over 900 participants from 400 schools around California to compete for $50,000 in prizes at the California Science Center, in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.

Science Fair Winners 2018, photo provided by MCOE
Science Fair Winners 2018, photo provided by MCOE

The Mendocino County science fair showcased 183 projects from 250 students in grades 3 – 12 from 23 different schools. Although the top ten projects will be advancing to the state finals, another ten students were honored as alternate winners as well. Over 50 volunteer judges, parents, and adult organizers helped make the county’s science fair happen this year. Said Kimberly Barden, MCOE Student Events Manager, “The Mendocino County Office of Education really appreciates the teachers, science fair coordinators and parents who support the curiosity and commitment of these students in the field of science. We also deeply appreciate the 54 judges and other volunteers who made this event go so smoothly.”

Students submitted projects as class members, as part of a team, as well as submitting individual projects. Categories included behavioral/health/social sciences, biological sciences, earth sciences, ecology/environmental sciences, engineering/technology (Earth/Space), mathematics as it relates to physical sciences, and physical sciences.

The winners are listed below, in no particular order:

California State Science Fair – Qualifiers

Grade LevelStudent(s)Project TitleSchool
6-8Francisco MunizCoiled and Ready: The Effects of Copper Coils on SteamboatsEagle Peak Middle School
6-8Adrian GuoElectrolytes & GatoradeInstilling Goodness Elementary Boys School
6-8Tyler SimresonHeavy Metal BreakfastSt. Mary’s Ukiah
9-12Stephany BrundageUsing the C Locus Color Alleles to Prove that Oryctolagus coniculus Ovulates Extra Eggs with a Subsequent Covering (The Rabbit Maury Show)Willits Charter School
6-8John Michael KaleMagnet PowersBaechtel Grove Middle School
9-12Mariah CoxA plentiful and Inexpensive fertilizer Alternative: Human UrineLaytonville High School
9-12Jessica CroninThe Effectiveness of a Homemade vs. Professionally Used Density GradientsWillits Charter School
6-8Audrey SherfSave Our SoilWillits Charter School
6-8Cole Fowler, Carson GallettiUp in FlamesSt. Mary’s Ukiah
6-8Kessler DycheAre Perpetual Motion Machines Possible?Eagle Peak Middle School

California State Science Fair – Alternates

Grade LevelStudent(s)Project TitleSchool
6-8Jack Buckingham, Jadyn ArnoldThe Amazing Adventures of the HovercraftBaechtel Grove Middle School
6-8Madeline ArmstrongFrom Garbage to GorgeousEagle Peak Middle School
6-8Alana Richert, Kellie Crisman, Chantel AlarconTesting 1, 2, 3Anderson Valley Elementary School
6-8Willow Daun-WidnerSugar on the BrainWillits Charter School
6-8Ingrid Mendoza, Vanessa MercadoDetecting BacteriaBaechtel Grove Middle School


 Grades 3-5

Hailey DausmanCalpella Elementary School

Grades 6-8

Ashlynn JohnsonThree Rivers Charter School


 Earth Science-Grades 3-4

GoldAllie Grace Southwick, Sofia VaccaroThe Project That GlowsSherwood School
SilverIzabella SimsWater CycleWillits Elementary Charter School
BronzeMason StornettaComparing SoilsManchester Union Elementary School

 Life Science-Grades 3-4

GoldRudra KnolesCaffeine vs. Plant GrowthInstilling Goodness Elementary Boys School
SilverAbigail SherfLight Lovin’ LeavesWillits Elementary Charter School
BronzeCaitlin Richert, Alan Mendoza, Samuel MejiaMummification ScienceAnderson Valley Elementary School

 Physical Science-Grades 3-4

GoldMatthew PoseyGot Milk?Willits Elementary Charter School
SilverNadia JacobsPollution SolutionBlosser Lane Elementary School
BronzeNova KnodleFire vs. IceWillits Elementary Charter School

 Earth Science-Grade 5

GoldKendahl PotterpHat WaterEagle Peak Middle School
SilverKaylie ReeserWave Energy GeneratorInstilling Goodness Elementary Girls School
BronzeAlexander MiyaFloating WaterSherwood School

 Life Science-Grade 5

GoldJade L’HeureuxSquirmy WormyEagle Peak Middle School

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