Colorado Science and Engineering Fair recap

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Rocky Mountain High School sophomore Kelli Lynch won five first-place awards, a $3,000 scholarship to the school of her choice, $800 in prizes and a second-place award during the fair. Lynch will represent Colorado at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., on May 9-14.

Currently attending the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad, or ISWEEEP, in Houston, Texas, Lynch is the first student from PSD asked to compete at both international competitions.

Pete Justice, a Colorado State University professor, mentored Lynch as she developed her two-year project, “Irradiation Extermination: A Portable System to Eliminate Water-Borne Microorganisms Part II.”

Her project and research won first place in the Microbiology Division. Special awards include first place, Water Environment Federation; first place, Colorado Environmental Health Association; first place, Society of Women Engineers; first place, SPIE-The Inter-national Society for Optics and Photonics; second place, American Water Works Assoc-iation and Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association.

Other high school and middle school students also earned recognition, including Poudre High School freshmen Gerri Roberts and Jessica Constant. Roberts took second place in the Chemistry Division; and Constant earned an honorable mention in the Math and Computer Sciences Division and a special award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Blevins Middle School eighth-graders who earned recognition for their projects include Evan Hummel, first-place special award from Hands and Minds Inc.; Grant Wray, honorable mention for the Animal Sciences Division; and Kaitlyn Nagel, third place in the Medicine and Health Division. Preston Middle School seventh-grader Kaily Adair earned first place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and second place for the Junior Division Best Individual Project Award.

Preston Middle School science teacher Mary Klass received a PACE Teacher Award.

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