OJC Press Release ID: 2666

Friday, May 26, 2017


Arkansas Valley students represent well at State and International Science Fairs
Wyatt Wiening and Cassie Blew win International Awards
 
Cassie Blew, 10th grader from La Veta High School, won 4th place and a $500 award for her study titled “Investigating Triggers of Sundowners Syndrome in Dementia Patients in an Institutional Setting.”  She was the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair representative at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif., May 14 – 19.  

The Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair; which is held in February and sponsored by Otero Junior College, is affiliated with “Intel” ISEF. The Fair sends one student annually to represent the counties and schools of Bent, Otero, Huerfano, and Las Animas.  It has been nearly ten years since a finalist from OJC’s regional fair has won an international award.  Blew competed against nearly 1800 students from all over the world.

Wyatt Wiening, 11th grader from Trinidad High School, won an Honorable at the (ISWEEP) International Sustainable World (Engineering Energy Environment) Project Olympiad held in Houston, Texas, May 3 – 8 for his study “Effect of Milankovitch Cyclicity on Prehistoric Marine Life of the Late Cretaceous Middle Cenomanian.”  He represented Otero and the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair as sole finalist for this Olympiad. More than 400 students travel from over 60 countries and 40 states to participate each year.

Mitchell Fosdick, senior at Fowler High School, finished his high school career with a 3rd Place in Environmental Sciences at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in April.  His study was titled “The Uptake of Copper Ions by Chlorella Vulgaris.”  Mitchell was given a special recognition for being a 7-time state qualifier from 6th grade to his senior year. 

Award winners from the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair held at Colorado State University in April were as follows.

Mikailah Feinman, Josette Andrews sponsor, Primero Jr/Sr High School:
“Produced Gas Well Water: Can It Be Repurposed for Agricultural Use?” $75, framed certificate Colorado Environmental Health Association and plaque, $50 Fort Collins Conservation District.

Adrian Pizano, Melany Lucero sponsor, Rocky Ford Jr/Sr High School:
“Testing the Waters” Earth & Space Sciences Honorable Mention, $50 SACNAS, Colorado State University Chapter and $50, certificate, poster of pioneer scientist Pioneers of Science.

Brecken Dobbs
, Pat Keeling sponsor, La Veta Schools:
“Tooth Enamel: Can It Really Be Strengthened? Year Two” $50 Colorado Dental Association.

Wyatt Wiening
, Yvonne Wiening sponsor, Trinidad High School:
“Effect of Milankovitch Cyclicity on Prehistoric Marine Life of the Late Cretaceous Middle Cenomanian” $75 Colorado Scientific Society.

Michael Duran, Josette Andrews sponsor, Primero Jr/Sr High School:
“How Strong Is Water?” scholarship to ASU valued as the equivalent to one-year resident tuition and fees (~$9,000) Adams State University.

Cassandra Blew, Pat Keeling sponsor, La Veta Schools:
“Investigating Triggers of Sundowners Syndrome in Dementia Patients in an Institutional Setting: Year Two”, certificate American Psychological Association.

Kaleb Andreatta and Cavin McCay, Pat Keeling sponsor, La Veta Schools:
“Enhancing the Survival of Microinvertebrates in Rural Waste Water Treatment Plants” Environmental Sciences Third Place.

Sarah Duzenack,
Pat Keeling sponsor, La Veta Schools:
“A Comparison of Endomycorrhizae and Commercial Fertilizer on Fodder Crops: Year 3 Plant Sciences” Honorable Mention.

Mitchell Fosdick, Debbie Fosdick sponsor, Fowler High School:
“The Uptake of Copper Ions by Chlorella Vulgaris” Environmental Sciences Third Place, $75 Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety, $150 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Colorado Section and special recognition for 7-time state qualifier from 6th Grade to 12th Grade.

Adrienne Jones, Gina Festi-Gitano sponsor, Trinidad High School:
“Borax Crystal Growth Response to Environmental Audio Variables” Earth & Space Sciences Second Place.

The Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair provides students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and foster relationships with other science professionals and enables all participants to communicate what they have learned.  All students who participated in science fair should be proud of what they have accomplished and continue to be life-long scientific thinkers.

OJC’s Science and Math Department supports the efforts to increase the understanding of science at all age levels. OJC sponsors projects and programs promoting mathematics and science education through a variety of outreach programs for our area youth including STEM Day, Science Fair and Girls in the Middle.  Otero Junior College and the Math and Science Department are committed to offering students a positive and supportive environment in which to study science.  OJC is proud of all the students and the teachers who encouraged their students to participate. 

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Cassie Blew at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

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Wyatt Wiening at the International Science and Engineering Fair with his Honorable award.