Twenty-Six Students Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research

Twenty-Six Students Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research


Twenty-Six Students Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research

Ohio EPA is announcing the winners of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research. Twenty-six students were selected during State Science Day at The Ohio State University on May 13.

State Science Day is organized and sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Science and is the equivalent of a state championship for science projects. The primary objective of State Science Day is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities and interests in science through individual experimentation and research.

This year’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research recipients are:

7th Grade

  • First Place: Cameron Sloter, Mapleton Middle School, Ashland, The Potential Health and Reproductive Effects of Backyard Burn Barrels on Drosophila
  • Second Place: Rosemary Kay, Immaculate Conception, Columbus, Acid Rain-What a Pain!
  • Third Place: Timmy Joe Stoffer, East Richland Christian School, St. Clairesville, The Effect of Close-Range Wifi on Seed Germination
  • Honorable Mention: Rayanne Mustapha, Waite High School, Toledo, The Effect of REM Disturbance on Reaction Time

8th Grade

  • First Place: Elyse Reed, St. Edward, Ashland, The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Decomposing Polyethylene
  • Second Place: Ayushe Nagpal, Mason Middle School, Mason, Energy from Food Waste
  • Third Place: Nicole Lim, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, The Impact of Nanosilver Toxified Water on the Lifespan of Planarians
  • Honorable Mention: Mohini Parvate, Henry Karrer Middle School, Dublin, Algal Fizz: Optimal Conditions to Maximize Carbon Capture

9th Grade

  • First Place: Maanasa Mendu, William Mason High School, Mason, Developing a Novel Aero-elastic Flutter Based Energy Harvestor (AERO)
  • Second Place: Mukund Anand Seshadri, Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin, Is Your Water Safe to Drink? A Home Test Kit to Detect Lead in Water Using Colorimetric Analysis
  • Third Place: Willow Kenneda, Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, Effect of Nanotechnology on Daphnia
  • Honorable Mention: Claire Denk and Hannah Shariff, Ottawa Hills High School, Toledo, How Plants Effect the Reduction of Phosphorus

10th Grade

  • First Place: Bryan Rego, West Geauga High School, Chesterland, Ingestion of Microplastic Debris by Perca Flavescens (yellow perch) in Lake Erie: Is This a Problem?
  • Second Place: Conner P. Mullins, Hudson High School, Hudson, The Effect of Aquaponics on Plants
  • Third Place: Travis O’Leary, Carroll High School, Dayton, The Liquid Nitrogen Solution to Ocean Oil Spills
  • Honorable Mention: Amy Li, Carroll High School, Dayton, Maximizing Bio-Electrical Production of a Microbial Fuel Cell: Choosing Best Bacteria

11th Grade

  • First Place: Akul Rajan, Mason High School, Mason, An Organic Method of Remediation: Biochar as an Amendment for Different Types of Depleted Soils
  • Second Place: Jordan M. Skates, Pettisville High School, Pettisville, Survey of Three Different Wetlands and Their Ability to Remove Excess Pollutants
  • Third Place: Jamie C. Bradbury, Geneva High School, Geneva, Biodegradation of Plastic Using Mealworms
  • Honorable Mention: Abigail Lynn Jones, Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, The Effects of P. Ostreatus on the Biosorption of Petroleum Polluted Water

12th Grade

  • First Place: Aaron P. Charnay and Benjamin P. Charnay, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, The Feasibility of Using Bamboo as a Source of Ethanol for Fuel
  • Second Place: Colleen M. Bell, Hilltop High School, West Unity, Biocide vs. Bacteriophages: Biological Control in Metalworking Fluids
  • Third Place: Liam Lindy, Summit Country Day, Cincinnati, Epigenetic Effects of Car Exhaust in Drosophila Melanogaster
  • Honorable Mention: Madison McGuire, Glen Oak High School, Canton, Can a Parabolic Mirror Power a Steam Turbine

Each year, about 10,000 students from schools across Ohio participate in local science fairs and are judged on knowledge achieved, effective use of scientific method, clarity of expression, originality and creativity. Students who achieve superior ratings are invited to participate in district science fairs. More than 1,200 students from grades 5-12 participate in State Science Day and may be eligible for nearly 100 different scholarships and awards valued at more than $4 million.

Current and retired Ohio EPA employees were judges for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research. Each recipient will receive a $100 prize and a certificate signed by Governor John Kasich and Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

Twenty-Six Students Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research
Source: Ohio Environmental News

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