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Sequim students win first place

  Sequim Students Win First Place at Washington State Science & Engineering Fair by Ron Tognazzini

 

From left:  Paola Villegas, Isabelle MacMurchie (former Sequi student now attending Ballard HS), Vita Olson, Abigail Carlson, Olivia Webb, Jace Francis, Debra Beckett (Sequim Science Fair Club Coordinator), Mary Omberg (Mentor).  Not shown:  Alliyah Weber, Anastasia Updike and Sean Weber. 

 Alliyah Weber and Anastasia Updike
Sean Weber  Sean Weber




For the first time since 2005, every Sequim student that competed in the 60th Annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) was awarded a First Place in their category out of the more than 600 students entered.  A total of 259 students in grades 1 through 12 were awarded first place, representing 86 schools statewide.  WSSEF was held at Bremerton High School on March 31st and April 1st.  Eight Sequim students entered six projects, many of whom have been working on their projects since this time last year. 

Alliyah Weber and Anastasia Updike from Sequim Middle School entered a team project titled Effectiveness of a Novel Fire retardant in Fighting Wildfires and were awarded the only Best of Category Award for Grade 6.  In this project the students compared the mineral Zeolite to the currently used sodium tetra-borate (Borax) for both dry and wet slurry mixtures as a fire retardant.   They found that Zeolite slurry reduced fire suppression times by as much as 78% compared to 42% with Borax.  Dry Zeolite applied over combustible material resulted in 31% less damage to the material compared to Borax.  They also found that Zeolite was safe to use on germinating plant seeds, while Borax was not.  Their recommendation was that Zeolite should be used for fighting wildfires in lieu of Borax because it would take as much material to produce the same results.

Their impressive project attracted the attention of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, which awarded these two students with a first place for fire science and safety, along with six other special awards that they earned.  See the table below for all six projects entered from the Sequim Science Fair Club.

School

Student Name

Grade

Project Title

Awards

 

Sequim Middle School

Alliyah Weber and

6

Effectiveness of a Novel Fire retardant in Fighting Wildfires

WSSEF First Place - Grade 6,
Best of 6th Grade Category Award,
Central Valley Garden Club -Earth and Environmental Sciences, 
Navy League of the U.S. – Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Counsel STEM Award,
Margaret I. Lugg - Young Explorers Award,
Washington State Association of Fire Marshals - Fire Science and Safety First Place Grades 1-6 Award,
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) - Nomination,
Pacific Science Center - Family Membership for a Project of Excellence
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station -  Outstanding Natural Resource project

 

Anastasia Updike

 

Abigail Carlson  and

7

The Effect of Different pH Levels on Plant Growth

WSSEF First Place - Grade 7

 

Olivia Webb

 

Jace Francis

8

A Comparison of Soil Additives for Water and Nitrate Retention

WSSEF First Place - Grade 8,
Washington Society of Professional Soil Scientists -  best project related to soil science Grades 7-8

 

Paola Villegas

8

Sand Dollars as Indicators of Metal Contamination in Marine Sediments

WSSEF First Place - Grade 8,
Office of Naval Research - Exceptional Work in Science and Engineering,
Navy League of the U.S. – Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Counsel - STEM Award,
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) - Nomination,
Association for Women Geoscientists - Award of Excellence,
Pacific Science Center - Family Membership

 

Sequim High School

Vita Olson

9

Design and Construction of Anchored Buoy Systems to support Scientific Instruments in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

WSSEF First Place - Engineering Mechanics,
Marine Sciences - Best Marine Engineering for Grades 9-12

 

Sean Weber

10

Evidence of Paleo-Seismic events in the Hood Canal of Washington State

WSSEF First Place - Earth and Environmental Sciences,
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Seattle - Award for Excellence in Statistical Thinking ,
GENIUS Olympiad international high school project competition focusing on environmental issues - Nomination,
Water Environment Federation U.S. Regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Nomination,
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - ‘Taking the Pulse of the Planet’ Award,
Olympic College - President's Award for STEM Project in Grade 10

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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