Students Showcase Talents at International and State Competitions

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – As the school year wrapped up, so did the final rounds of academic competitions for science and history. On the international scene, Lincoln Park Academy’s Haniya Shareef reaped a big reward for her plant science project by capturing 4th place in this category. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair draws approximately 1,800 students from 75 countries around the world each year.  This year’s competition was hosted by the city of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, back home, Port St. Lucie High School Junior Angel Vo was busy receiving the Florida Heritage Award and the Outstanding County Award at the State History Day competition for her website on environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr and her stand against the Cross-Florida Barge Canal.  The State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee with over 1,000 students competing at this level.

All three seventh-grade teams representing St. Lucie County in the We the People: Project Citizen competition – a civic-oriented problem solving challenge – were invited to participate in the State finals in Palm Beach Gardens.  Student participants on the Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and Samuel S. Gaines teams received positive feedback from the judges on their passion, poise, and preparation.

International and State Participants

International Science Fair

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy; Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy; Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” Fourth Place

State Science Fair

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Earth & Environmental; “Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy;” Fourth Place)

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Team Physics & Astronomy; “Catching Waves;” Fourth Place)

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Mathematical & Computational; “Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein;” Honorable Mention)

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus;” Second Place)

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Savanna Mint;” Recognition)

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Earth and Environment; “Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida;” Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award)

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus;” Third Place)

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show; Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate)

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?” Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award)

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Behavioral Social Sciences; “Drop the Pressure;” Honorable Mention)

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Physics and Astronomy; “Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning;” Third Place, Division Grand Award)

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Engineering, “Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design;” First Place, Division Grand Award; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award; Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award; ASM Materials Foundation Certificate; Broadcom Masters Award; US Navy Science Award; Best in Fair Award at the Star Science Fair)

Project Citizen State Competition

Lincoln Park Academy’s Team: Yegor Bushnev, Sam Chellis, Caleb Chellis, Drew Gale, Mathew Mathew; Project Focus – Maternity Leave

Manatee Academy’s Team: Nader Abunaser, Bianca Cortamilia, Dylan Fox-Carter, Mikabelle Joseph, Vivian Lugo, Lennis McLean, Josalene Sanchez, Mackenzie Selimi; Project Focus – Motorcycle Lanes

Samuel Gaines Academy’s Team: Nancy Charles, Baille Falzone, Jaryxa Heredia, Andre Mcfarlane, Tamya Miller, Analyesse Stockton; Project Focus – Community and Law Enforcement Relationships


State History Day

Cathia Oge and Mya Forestal, Forest Grove Middle School; Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever Performance

Samuel Porter, Forest Grove Middle School; Dwight Eisenhower Performance

Wilner Joseph, Zaine Parlor, Fort Pierce Central; Defiance in Leaps and Bounds: Jesse Owens Exhibit

Tru Rotolo, Fort Pierce Central; Sophie Scholl and Her Stand Against Hitler Documentary

Elize Starr, Fort Pierce Central; Clara Barton Performance

Matthew Pinto, Northport K – 8 School; International Fund for Animal Welfare Website

Brandon Quijada, Brianne Yates, Northport K – 8 School; Hamilton vs. the Articles of Confederation Exhibit

Delaney Cassidy, Jackson Martin, Joshua Rios, Palm Pointe; Fredrick Douglas Documentary

Taylor Milton, Palm Pointe; The White Rose Website

Summer Melrose, Palm Pointe; Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield Exhibit

Grace Lloyd Palm, Pointe; Corrie Ten-Boom: Taking a Stand Against Hate Externally & Internally Performance

Gabriella Lawrence, Ashley Tucker, Palm Pointe; Josephina Baker Documentary

Zandry Epan-Ramos, Palm Pointe; Rosie and the Workplace Documentary

Andre Fernandez, Port St. Lucie High Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Documentary

Isa Alvarez, Maysen Jackson, Port St. Lucie High; How Sophie Scholl Took a Stand Against Hitler Website

Thuytran “Angel” Vo, Port St. Lucie High; Marjorie Harris Carr: The Fight Against the Cross Florida Barge Canal Website

Jamal Paul, Q’Markis Brooks, Port St. Lucie High; A Matter of Black Lives Performance

Jelisa Hines, Port St. Lucie High; Martin Luther Exhibit

John Melvin, St. Lucie West K – 8; The “Dark Destroyer” of Segregation in Baseball: Jackie Robinson Documentary

Alyssa Bischof, St. Lucie West K – 8; Jessica Hunt, Kayla Permann, St. Lucie West K – 8; Stories from the Second Wave: The Feminist Movement of the ’60s and 70’s Performance

Rania Khawaja, St. Lucie West K – 8; Benazir Bhutto:  Taking a Stand in History Research Paper

Victor Silva, Southern Oaks; Taking a Stand: Antonio Jose De Sucre Research Paper

Grace Welby, West Gate K – 8, Mariana Solanilla, Taylor Mealing, West Gate K – 8; Three Against Thousands Exhibit

Hailey Mangio, West Gate K – 8; Building a Hospital to Take a Stand: Dr. James Sistrunk & Dr. Mizzel Exhibit


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Author: Lydia Martin

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