Student science on display in Saugerties

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The Saugerties High School Science Club-Science Alliance hosted its third annual seventh-through-12th grade Science Fair Nov. 6 at the high school. The fair was sponsored by Neal Smoller of Village Apothecary, Kiwanis Club, Opus 40 and the junior and senior high school student governments.

Students were required to submit a project based on experimental data, engineering or modeling.

There were more than 200 people in attendance to view 57 student projects with 80 participants. The judges were teachers past and present: Mitch Stevens, Mary Bishop, Dorothy Silberg, Amy Hopf, Ms. Ciccone, Bonnie Parmelee and Bob Davis as well as physicist Anne Davis, retired chemical engineer Ted Skaar and IBM engineer Alex Feinberg.


In addition to student work, there were also displays by the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, which had two telescopes; the SUNY New Paltz geology department, which demonstrated a Darcy Column;  Opus 40 with information about its historic site; and the Center of Health, with a display promoting health and wellness .

Advisors Amy Scanlon and Ara Krom extended thanks to Ms. Van Voorhis, Mr. Kemp, Mr. Van Vliet and Ms. Mooney (first names not used when referring to teachers), who presented student work, as well as Ms. Sachar for helping with the refreshment table. They also extended thanks to Greg and Kim from Bailiwick Ranch/Zoo for providing an entertaining animal show (only first names for affable animal wranglers).



Overall top prize winner ($1000 scholarship):

Lula Rappoport (10th)– App for the Students of Saugerties High School.

7th and 8th grade awards:

First place ($75 gift card) Alexis Ranzer (7th)– Do All Liquids Evaporate?

Second place ($50 gift card) Sarah Villafane, Theresa Fiscaletti, Carmen Costello (7th)– Which Fruits Float?

Eight third prizes ($25 gift card) awarded to all seventh graders:

MacKenzie Lowec– Walking on Water

Sam Millham and Collin Biegel– How Do Ferro Fluids React?

Lyndsey Gaulin and Dylan Burns– Dry Ice Bubbles

Dominic Clark– The Lie Test

Robert English– Hydraulic Effect

Miles Glasser– What Temperature is Needed to Cause an Explosion?

Jeff Aguirre and Michael Salmi– How Many Lemons Will Light Up a Light?

Gillian Henderson and Mia Bourguignon– Edible Water Bottles


9th-12th grade awards

1st place ($75 gift card) Libby Scott (9th)– Bridge Structures

2nd place ($50 gift card) Giona Kleinberg (9th)– Games: Myth or Man Stereotypes vs. Reality Checks

Six third prize winners ($25 gift card):

Madeline Gruen and Fiona McGregor (9th)– Effect of Video Games on the Human Body

Megan Czebatol (9th)– Which Helmets Work Best?

Cheyenne Candlin (9th)– Color Effect on Taste

Elise Peters and Ashley Pettengill (9th)– How to Make Tie-Dye Shirts Brighter

Michaela Cohen (10th)– Why do Some Sounds Sound Irritating?

Aidan Murphy (12th) and Meghan Murphy(11th)– How the Past Can Still Advance Us.

Congratulations to all.