PWCS students excel at science fairs, six projects advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair
Posted on 04/21/2022

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) had a strong showing at the 2022 Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (VSSEF). Congratulations to the team of Tony Bright, Arman Lateef, and Gabriel Ralston, students at Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park for winning a grand prize.

Out of the 16 categories at VSSEF, PWCS students took first place in five of them. Congratulations to the winning students:

  • Animal Sciences: Rania Lateef, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
    •  Dozing off with Drosophila: The effect of Circadian Dysfunction and Sleep Deprivation on Mortality, Mood, and Addiction in Fruit Flies
  • Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology: Jadesola Akinbi and Comfort Ohajunwa, Osbourn Park High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • A Study on Biofuel Production: Investigating Methods to Enhance Fermentation in the Production of Bioethanol
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences: Tony Bright, Arman Lateef, and Gabriel Ralston, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • Concussion Recovery in Youth Optimized using a Comprehensive App-based Program (CRYO CAP)
  •  Microbiology: Gabriella La Cour, Alahna Moreno, and Anisha Ramakrishnan, Osbourn Park High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • Creating Novel Bacteriophage Solutions as a Preventative Measure for Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation on Elastomer Biomaterials in Medically Relevant Settings In Vitro
  •  Plant Sciences: Naman Agarwal, Patriot High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • A Low-Cost Deep Learning Solution for Early Detection of Lettuce Stress in Indoor Farms

In addition, congratulations to Desmen Boykin from Forest Park High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park for winning a grand prize and the Regeneron Biotechnology Award at the 2022 National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair.

Overall, PWCS is sending six projects to the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Good luck to the competing students:

  • Rania Lateef, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
    • Dozing off with Drosophila: The effect of Circadian Dysfunction and Sleep Deprivation on Mortality, Mood, and Addiction in Fruit Flies
  • Tony Bright, Arman Lateef, and Gabriel Ralston, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • Concussion Recovery in Youth Optimized using a Comprehensive App-based Program (CRYO CAP)
  • Gabriella LaCour, Alahna Moreno, and Anisha Ramakrishnan, Osbourn Park High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • Creating Novel Bacteriophage Solutions as a Preventative Measure for Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation on Elastomer Biomaterials in Medically Relevant Settings In Vitro
  • Naman Agarwal, Patriot High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • A Low-Cost Deep Learning Solution for Early Detection of Lettuce Stress in Indoor Farms
  • Ebru Ayyorgun, Battlefield High School
    • A Novel Visualization Tool: Application to RNA-Sequence Classification
  • Desmen Boykin, Forest Park High School and The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
    • The Effect of Casein Polymers on the Filtration of Heavy Metals and Containments in Well Water

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