March 11, 2009
Jackson Cunningham, a sophomore at Vici High School, and Dakota Key and Jake Evans, seventh graders from Vici, were the top winners at the Regional Science Fair held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Jackson Cunningham receives the Division I championship trophy from Dr. Steve Maier, assistant professor of physics, at the Regional Science Fair at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He will now take his project, “Oklahoma Wind – Finally Good for Something,” to the state and international science fairs. Below, Cunningham visits with judges Janet Valencia and Dr. Tim Maharry.
Dakota Key and Jake Evans receive the Division II championship trophy from Dr. Steve Maier, assistant professor of physics, and Dr. Steve Thompson, associate professor of biology, at the Regional Science Fair at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. They will now take their project, “Aluminum or Wood? Which is Better?,” to the state science fair.
Cunningham’s project was “Oklahoma Wind – Finally Good for Something” in the Engineering category, and Key and Evans’ work was titled “Aluminum or Wood? Which is Better?” in the Physical Science category. They won the overall championships in Division I (grades 10-12) and Division II (grades 7-9), respectively, to receive the $75 cash prize and a trophy.
Both will take their projects to the Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair held March 26-28 at East Central University in Ada. Cunningham also was selected to compete at the International Science & Engineering Fair May 10-15, in Reno, Nev.
Also going to the international event will be Vici sophomore Kendra Trimble whose project, “Sound What? SoundBOARD!,” was reserve champion winner in the Division I Physical Science category.
Only students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible for the International Fair.
Jessie Salisbury, a Vici freshman, received the reserve champion award with the project “Point of Impact III: Taylor Knockout Factor vs. Kinetic Energy,” in the Division II Physical Science category.
These projects also will advance to state competition.
All winners listed by division, category, name, school and project are as follows, with advancement to state competition noted in parenthesis:
BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: first – Shayna Moore (state), Shattuck, “Does the Color of Text Affect Memory?;” second – Garret Collins, Arnett, “How Do Video Games Affect Blood Pressure?” Third place was not awarded.
BIOCHEMISTRY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE: first – Katie Stephenson (state), Vici, “Staph Attack;” second – Tina Wall (state), Aline-Cleo, “Yeast’s Favorite Food;” third – Kristina Schmidt (state), Aline-Cleo, “I C Vitamin C;” honorable mention – Amelia Tyree (state), Vici, “What Are You Eating, IRON?”
BOTANY: first – Chase Holley, Shattuck, “Which Herbicide Will Kill Grass Burrs Quicker?;” second – Katelyn Cummings, Shattuck, “Which Orange Juice Has the Most Vitamin C?;” third – Trinity Burnette, Shattuck, “Miracle Grow vs. Regular Soil.”
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE: first – Sarah Brown, Shattuck, “Amber Waves of Grain.” Second and third places were not awarded.
ENGINEERING: first – Bolton Ferda (state), Medford, “Green Is In But Not In Your Pool;” second – Sam Morse (state), Shattuck, “When Rain Bites Back;” third – Tayler Coburn, Arnett, “Dry Ice Car.”
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: first – Parker Stambaugh (state), Enid, “Watt’s Up with Phantom Electricity;” second – Stephanie Cole, Arnett, “Which Air Is Cleaner?” Third place was not awarded.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE: first – Emilie Salisbury (state), Vici, “Liquor Does it Quicker?;” second – Jessie Salisbury (state), Vici, “Point of Impact III: Taylor Knockout Factor vs. Kinetic Energy;” third – Mary Iliff (state), Shattuck, “To Burn or Not To Burn;” honorable mention – Brittni Mathews, Vici, “Light It Up.”
ZOOLOGY: first – Willow Gahr, Aline-Cleo, “Play Time!;” second – Mattie Atha, Arnett, “Right Paw, Left Paw” Third place was not awarded.
TEAM PROJECTS: first – Dakota Key and Jake Evans (state), Vici, “Aluminum or Wood? Which is Better?;” second – Davey Johnson and Cole Goodman (state), Vici, “Full Metal Jacket;” third – Danielle Schultz and Kodi Crow (state), Gage, “Do Misconceptions Exist About the Paths That Tornadoes Track?;” honorable mention – Klancy Best, Ryan Creed and Jalen Gaines (state), Gage, “Building the KRJ Rocket Launcher.”
BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: first – Rachel Yauk (state), Buffalo, “BMI and Breakfast;” second – Yesenia Estrada, Buffalo, “Energy Drinks;” third – Heather Crow, Aline-Cleo, “Silent Messages.”
BIOCHEMISTRY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE: first – Allison Arnold (state), Vici, “Share Clean Air;” second – Blake Smith, Arnett, “Is the Cookie a Perfect Science?” Third place was not awarded.
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE: first – Henry Wall, Aline-Cleo, “Lunar Gravity.” Second and third places were not awarded.
ENGINEERING: first – Jackson Cunningham (state), Vici, “Oklahoma Wind – Finally Good For Something.” Second and third places were not awarded.
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: first – Robert Harden (state), Buffalo, Improving Your Wireless Signal.” Second and third places were not awarded.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE: first – Kendra Trimble (state), Vici, “Sound What? SoundBOARD!;” second – Joseph Beckwith, Aline-Cleo, “Light ‘Em Up;” third – Sadie Woodall, Aline-Cleo, “Does Color Really Matter.”
TEAM PROJECTS: first – Trisha Morris and Desiree Whitmarsh (state), Vici, “Mus Musculus 2;” second – Brant Stephenson and DJ Touchstone (state), Vici, “Water for Fuel: The Meaner Greener Camero;” third – Daniel Balderas and Trey James (state), Vici, “Bertha;” honorable mention – Amanda Cutsinger and Kelsie Kennedy (state), Vici, “How Pure is Your Water?”
There were no entries in the Division I Botany, Environmental Science and Zoology.
Qualifying for state competition in the Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science were Ferda, Iliff and J. Salisbury.
Other participants in the team category qualifying for state competition include Shane Moss and Luke Goodman, Vici sophomores, with their project “Predominant Learning Modality: Auditory or Visual?,” for Division I; and Jessica Poage and Taylor Flanagan, Vici eighth graders, with their project “Did you Know What’s In Your Water” in Division II.
AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY – Shultz and Crow.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION – Moore.
ASM INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION – Best, Creed and Gaines.
ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN GEOSCIENTISTS – Brown.
CORE – Cunningham (honorable mention); B. Stephenson and Touchstone.
INTEL EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE – Harden.
MU ALPHA THETA – J. Salisbury.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, Innovative Engineering Award— Cunningham.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION – B. Stephenson and Touchstone.
RICOH Sustainable Development Award – Cunningham.
STOCKHOLM JUNIOR WATER PRIZE – Cutsinger and Kennedy.
U.S. AIR FORCE – Harden, J. Salisbury, K. Stephenson, Yauk.
U.S. ARMY (ENGINEERING) – Cunningham.
U.S. ARMY (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE) – B. Stephenson and Touchstone.
U.S. ARMY (MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE) – Harden.
U.S. ARMY (LIFE SCIENCES) – Yauk.
U.S. ARMY (PHYSICAL SCIENCE) – Balderas and James.
U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE – K. Stephenson.
U.S. NAVY/MARINE CORPS – Cunningham, Moore, E. Salisbury, Trimble.
YALE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION – Harden.
A new award presented at this year’s science fair was for seniors who plan to attend Northwestern. The Northwestern Senior Scholarship was awarded to Allison Arnold, for $500; Daniel Balderas and Trey James, for $1,000; and Brant Stephenson and DJ Touchstone received the $1,500 scholarship. All students who received this award are from Vici.