V-E students advance to International Science, Engineering Fair
Freshmen will travel to Arizona in May
Shelby Cyr and Danielle Durand, both freshmen students at Valley-Edinburg High School, will represent the North Dakota Northeast Region at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz., May 10-18.
The two were among 200 middle and high school students who participated in the North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair held at UND April 4-5. The fair brought together more than 100 judges and teachers from across the state who are involved in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
In addition to presenting their projects for judging, students competed for invitations to advance their project to the International Science and Engineering Fair, as well as for prizes, cash awards and scholarship opportunities.
All first and second place winners in the senior division received a gold plaque and a hooded sweatshirt and advanced to the ISEF in Phoenix, where they will exhibit their projects. Cyr received second place in the Northeast Region, for her project titled “The Effects of Radiation on DNA,” earning the trip to the ISEF. Durand’s project, “The Effect of Increasing Radiation on the Growth of Bacteria” took fourth place. She was chosen as an ISEF alternate. Loretta Monson is the science instructor at Valley-Edinburg High School.
State science fair
Area students winning awards at the state fair are as follows:
Nick Whaley, Park River, received the North Dakota Soil Conservation District/Auxiliary award in the junior division for his project titled “Erosion Explosion.” He received $25 and a certificate.
Valley-Edinburg student Wesley Kemp’s project titled “ The Friction Factor” won several awards in the junior division including the Society of Automotive Engineers award for which he received a cash award of $100 and a certificate; the United States Navy award, for which he received a medallion and a certificate; the UND Department of Physics and Astrophysics Physics award, receiving a $100 cash award and certificate; and the United States Metric Association award, receiving a certificate. Kemp also won first place overall in the Northeast Region and received a gold plaque.
Zachary Kringstad, Valley-Edinburg, won the UND Department of Sociology award in the senior division for his project titled “The Effects of Exercise on Learning and Memory Patterns in Mice,” He received a cash award of $150 and a certificate. The project also earned the American Psychological Association award for which he received a certificate.
Toby Zikmund, Park River, was the recipient of the UND College of Arts and Sciences award for his junior division project titled “The Effects of Music on Hand-Eye Coordination.” He received a cash award of $50 and a certificate.
Kristin Larson, Park River, won the North Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory award for her junior division project titled “Grooming and Heart Rate.” She received a cash award of $50 and a certificate.
Bailey Beneda, Fordville-Lankin, took home the UND Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics award for her junior division project titled “Can Exercise Affect Your Brain?” She received a cash award of $100 and a certificate.