Two St. Lucie Public Schools students were chosen by the regional judges as international finalists at the recent 58th annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, and 10 were recognized as state finalists. Lincoln Park Academy students Robert Bacchus and Neha Reddy are now eligible to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert is studying cancer cells in the brain and Neha is studying citrus greening. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation has established a fund to help support the students and a teacher/chaperone to attend. The link is https://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/education-funding/project-detail/pid/14/id/10. Pictured, back row, are Kousal T. Rao, left, and Darron Irving. Third row are Haniya Shareef, from left, Cristin Donaldson, and Stephanie B. Fisher. Second row are Neha K. Reddy, from left, Robert M. Bacchus, Jr., and Faizah Shareef. And front row are Vrinda Jerome, from left, Emily Cohen, and Shreya Reddy.

The state competition is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and is sponsored by the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists and the State of Florida Department of Education.

Ten of the 13 St. Lucie County students presenting projects were recognized as state finalists. Finalists included:
• Robert Bacchus Jr. from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Senior Biochemistry, $20,000 Scholarship from Rollins College, and $125 in cash prizes. His project was entitled, “Targeting “CancaaRS”: Defining the Novel Functions of Lysyl-tRNA Systhetases in Melanoma Etiology.” His teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Neha Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- Second Place in Senior Environmental Sciences, $250 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Insights into Off-Target Effects of RNA Interference (RNAi): Management of Huanglongbing, One of the World’s Most Destructive Citrus Diseases. ” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Faizah Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Identification of Potential Biological Control Fungi for Control of the Invasive Weed, Mikania micrantha .” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Zoe Barbeau a home schooled student- Third Place in Senior Engineering. Her project was entitled, “Spidron Geometry Applied to the Solar Shade Concept: A Continuation Study”. Her teacher is Mrs. Lori Barbeau.
• Koushal T. Rao from Lincoln Park Academy- Honorable Mention in Senior Botany. His project was entitled, “Changes in Allelopathic Properties of an Invasive Species by Insect Damage.” His teacher is Ms. Lisa Hevner.
• Stephanie Fisher from St. Lucie West Centennial High School- Fourth place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Effect of Soil Type and Rainfall Intensity on Leaching of Simazine.” Her teacher is Mrs. Connie McCraw.
• Isabelle Victoria Daza from Olivet Private School- Recognition in senior Zoology, $54,000 Scholarship from Florida Institute of Technology. Her project was entitled, “survivorship of Green Lacewing Preying on Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle.” Her teacher is Mrs. Sandra Alexander.
• Haniya Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Junior Zoology, $230 in cash prizes and a nomination to submit research to Broadcom MASTERS. Her project was entitled, “Will Biotic Resistance by the Leafminer Flies Calycomyza platyptera and Nemorimyza maculosa Prevent the Invasion of Mikania micrantha?” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.
• Vrinda Jerome from West Gate K-8- Third place in Junior Chemistry and $100 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Eliminating BPA, Which Method Eliminates the Most BPA from Del Monte French Style Green Beans: Rinsing, Microwaving, or cooking?” Her teacher is Ms. Janet Brewi.
• Cristin K. Donaldson from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Junior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “What Environmental Changes Increase Lipid Production in Isochrysis Microalgae? Her teacher is Mr. Thomas Balcer.
• Darron Irving from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Engineering. His project was entitled, “Do Tubercles Added to the Leading Edge of a Swimmer’s Fin Increase Efficiency?” His teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Emily Cohen from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “Heating Up and Thawing; Is Ground Beef’s Bacterial Population Still Growing?” Her teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Shreya Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- State Finalist in Junior Biochemistry. Her project is entitled, “Anti-Corrosive Effects of Phoenix dactylifera and Related Species on Aluminum.” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.