2018 Solvang School science fair students, teachers

Solvang School seventh- and eighth-graders who competed in the Santa Barbara County Science Fair were, from left, back row, Joshua Santos, Mohanad Trad, Johann Cheran, Caleb Cassidy, Cole Correll, Sam Vacca, Audrey Fuette, Cora Blanchard and Jonathan Sheppard with teacher Franziska Shelton; and, front row, teacher Erin Dunkle with Bridget Atchinson, Manuela Flores, Ava Casey, Korina Jimenez, Ben Watkins, Harry Mullin, Noah Ovesen, Andrew Bunke and Cole Snodgrass

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Students from Solvang School recently traveled to the Santa Barbara County Science Fair and returned with five awards.

Middle school teachers Erin Dunkle and Franziska Shelton accompanied 18 seventh- and eighth-graders and their projects to Santa Barbara to compete against the top projects developed by students at schools throughout the county.

Eight of the students returned with awards for their five projects.

“We are so proud of all 18 of our students that participated in the 2018 Santa Barbara County Science Fair,” a school spokeswoman said. “They all were excellent representatives of Solvang School.”

Ava Casey and Bridget Atchinson won the Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Joy Parkinson Award — which included a $100 cash prize — for the best project relating to wild birds, conservation or ecology.

Their project was titled “What Effects Does Carbon Dioxide Have on Algae Growth?”

Korina Jimenez won a silver medal in the Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Microbiology Division for her project, “The Growth of Plants Using Different Types of Fertilizers.”

Manuela Flores won a bronze medal in the Behavioral, Cognitive and Social Sciences Division for her project, “Which Age Group is More Susceptible to Peer Pressure?”

Audrey Fuette and Andrew Bunke won bronze medals in the Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Microbiology Division for their project, “The New Penicillin: How Can the Virus T4R Be Used to Effectively Eliminate E. Coli?"

Noah Ovesen and Ben Watkins won bronze medals in the Engineering Division for their project, “Games for the Limbless.”

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.


News Editor

Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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