15 FHS students compete at Houston Science & Engineering Fair

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Friendswood High School was represented by 15 students at the 58th Annual Houston Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Houston Main Campus. This is the largest regional competition in the United States with over 1,100 participants. Four students will be advancing to the state science and engineering fair in San Antonio on April 1.

Karan Jerath, an FHS graduate, and past INTEL ISEF Award winner, served as one of the keynote speakers for the award ceremony. Jerath thanked teacher Theresa Lawrence for her many years of service to the science fair program at FHS and acknowledged her personal contribution to his success.

Fifteen students from Friendswood High School participated in the fair including Zeke Bickham, Crystal Chacko, Andrew Cianciolo, Mike Hermes, Christina Huang, Nicole Huning, Anushka Jetly, Aly Knowles, Sarah Palmer, Blake Propst, Lucas Rivera, Donald Rolston, Evan Rosenthal, Kaitlyn Smith and Madeleine Thompson.

Ali Knowles, Evan Rosenthal, Lucas Rivera, and Sarah Palmer will all advance to the State Science Fair to be held in San Antonio, TX.

In the Special Awards Recipients earned following: Mike Hermes won first place for Arno Bonner Award; Andrew Cianciolo won the Senior Division Award from the Boy Scouts of America-Sam Houston Council; Anushka Jetly won the 9th Grade Division Award from Houston Intellectual Property Law Assoc.; Madeleine Thompson won Summer Intern Program Nominee from Houston Museum of Natural Science; Andrew Cianciolo won first place from Gulf Coast section of IHIA; Sarah Palmer won first place in the Senior Division from Dilorio Foundation and Anushka Jetly won first place in the 9th grade Division from Texas Earth Science Teachers Assoc., Water Environment Assoc. of Texas and SE Tx. American Water Works Assoc.

The Place Awards include the following students in the 9th-Grade Division: Ali Knowles won first place in Behavioral and Social Sciences, Blake Propst won third place in Behavioral and Social Sciences; Lucas Rivera won first Place in Biochemistry and Microbiology, Christina Huang won third place in Chemistry, Evan Rosenthal won first place in Engineering-Mechanical, Electrical and Civil, and Anushka Jetly winning Honorable Mention in Environmental Science. Senior Division winners include: Madeleine Thompson won third place in Animal Science, and Sarah Palmer won first place in Energy and Transportation.

The Grand Award Winners were Ali Knowles winning first place in Life Sciences in the 9th-grade Division, Evan Rosenthal winning first place in Physical Sciences 9th-grade Division, and Sarah Palmer was selected as one of 13 Grand Award winning Senior projects from the fair. Sarah’s project will be advancing to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, CA from May 14- 19.

“We are so proud of all of our competitors for their outstanding work and their dedication to science,” FHS sponsor Rebecca Clark said.